We're teaming up with families across Indonesia to overcome hunger, poverty and uncertainty.
In West Timor, we’re helping families reach food and economic security. Communities are improving their access to clean water and basic sanitation. Women are starting savings groups as a way to start or expand businesses. Parents are making sure that their children have nutritious meals. And together, we're moving towards zero hunger.
In South Sulawesi, our focus is resilience. In the face of changing climates, families are adapting the ways that they grow food and finding new ways to earn a living.
In Jakarta, CWS welcomes refugee women and unaccompanied children into several group homes. These vulnerable refugees have a safe space where they can live, take classes, make friends and replace fear with hope.
Many programs, one goal: helping our neighbors live healthy lives in safety.
When the Land turns to Liquid
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, in September 2018. It triggered tsunamis and a phenomenon called liquefaction, when the ground literally turns to liquid. It moved entire villages, swallowed houses and destroyed infrastructure.
We immediately began to mobilize a response. Soon we were delivering water to thousands of families each day, distributing critical supplies and promoting hygiene among displaced families. As weeks turned to months, we focused on helping families build transitional shelters, build or repair water systems, and build sanitary bathrooms.
Poor Farming Families Change Their Lives in West Timor, Indonesia
“In the past, each family was only able to plant Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, and chili on about 100 square meters (2% of an acre) of land per family,” says Dominggus Liunokas. Dominggus is the leader of the Tosilo Toselo farmers group in Oe Ekam village in West Timor, Indonesia. “We could not eat vegetables year-round since there wasn’t enough water …
Emergency Appeal: Flash Floods and Landslides in Timor-Leste and Indonesia
Appeal Code: 7102 Situation Floods, flash floods and landslides have caused significant damage in Indonesia’s southern-most province of East Nusa Tenggara as well as neighboring Timor-Leste. Torrential rains from Tropical Cyclone Seroja, one of the most destructive storms to hit the region in years, turned communities into wastelands of mud and uprooted trees, sending thousands fleeing to shelters. Many roads …
Back in Business: CWS Cash Transfer Initiative Helps Nurmita Return to Work
Nurmita lives in a Central Sulawesi village where, before a devastating earthquake in 2018, she sold traditional cakes to earn a nice income. In the disaster Nurmita lost her baking equipment and supplies … and her livelihood. Her situation was not uncommon, unfortunately. And it has taken quite some time for people to recover and regroup. Now, finally, with help …