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.
Helpful supplies when they were needed most
When Cyclone Seroja slammed into Timor-Leste and Indonesia in April 2021, it caused devastating flash flooding and landslides. Nearly half a million people were affected, including a death toll of 179 and 11,406 people who were displaced due to damaged or destroyed homes. Elisabeth Hoar and her 7-year-old granddaughter, Agnes, were among those who were forced from their homes. Agnes’s …
Lessons from Yola: Don’t let your Limitations stop your Dreams
Yolanda Atri Neng Sae, who goes by Yola, is an only child. She lives with her parents in West Timor, Indonesia. Unfortunately, Yola has faced a lot of challenges in her life. When she was little, she was sick a lot. Her parents struggled financially, barely making a living by farming. They couldn’t afford to pay both medical bills and …
Working together to mitigate the toll of climate change in Indonesia
Most families in North Pakuli village in Indonesia make a living through agriculture. They primarily grow rice, but important secondary crops include corn, cocoa and coconut. There are two main rice harvests each year, and the other crops are harvested based on their respective growing seasons. This way of life has been under threat since September 2018. A massive earthquake …