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Thailand + 1 other
Emergency appeal: Thai-Burma border refugee camp fire



APPEAL # 700-F
APPEAL GOAL: $40,000

APRIL 4, 2013

SITUATION: Thirty-six people died in a fire that broke out March 22 in the Ban Mae Surin refugee camp, in Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand.

The fire swept through two sections of the camp destroying nearly everything; the fire was caused by a cooking accident.

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Myanmar + 2 others
Burma/Myanmar's steps toward reform bring opportunities, challenges

NEW YORK, NY--After six decades of civil conflict, recent steps toward democratization by Burma’s (Myanmar’s) new government are being met with widespread optimism, reports Jack Dunford, executive director of the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) and a 28-year veteran of service to Burma’s refugees and internally displaced. Church World Service is a TBBC founding member and funder.

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World + 16 others
Hunger, Need to Reduce Risk for Major Disasters Among Top Concerns for 2012

NEW YORK – The number of children in poverty who are hungry could reach unparalleled levels in 2012 given the state of the global economy, Church World Service says in its annual New Year's assessment.

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CWS emergency appeal: Thailand flood response 2011

APPEAL #700-B AMOUNT: $301,769

Heavy monsoon rains have been plaguing South East Asia since July and have severely affected one-third of Thailand's land mass. A total of 3.4 million acres of farmland -- a landmass 13 times the size of Hong Kong -- is submerged under water.

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Thailand Flood Response 2011: CWS



AMOUNT: $301,769

OCT. 31, 2011

SITUATION: Heavy monsoon rains have been plaguing South East Asia since July and have severely affected one-third of Thailand's land mass. A total of 3.4 million acres of farmland -- a landmass 13 times the size of Hong Kong -- is submerged under water.

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Kenya + 3 others
Hotline - week of July 11, 2011: Japan, Kenya, Thailand and Sri Lanka

Assistance continues in tsunami-devastated Japan

Some four months after the massive March 11 earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc in Japan, killing more than 15,500 people, much remains to be done. Church World Service continues to work with Japanese partners to assist families and individuals impacted by the disaster. More than 197,000 people from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures continue to live as evacuees.

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Afghanistan + 6 others
Hotline - week of March 14, 2011


CWS-P/A and The Sphere Project: a partnership to promote quality and accountability in humanitarian relief efforts

As the number of large-scale disasters rises worldwide, it's more crucial than ever that humanitarian aid adheres to quality and accountability standards. Toward that end, Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan has formalized its partnership with the Sphere Project - developer of a global charter that outlines the standards humanitarian response organizations should meet.

Since 2005, CWS-P/A has spearheaded the

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Myanmar + 1 other
25 years on the Thailand-Burma border

This year, the Bangkok-based Thailand Burma Border Consortium is marking its 25th anniversary of working with refugees from Burma living in camps all along the border. Today the TBBC provides food, shelter and capacity-building support to around 140,000 refugees in nine camps as well as support to about 100,000 internally displaced persons in eastern Burma. Since 2002, TBBC also has published internationally acknowledged annual surveys documenting the deteriorating human rights situation in eastern Burma.

Church World Service, a TBBC founding

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Myanmar + 4 others
Myanmar: Statement on the treatment of Rohingya and Bangladeshi 'boat people' in Asia

We, the undersigned organizations, are extremely concerned about the treatment of over a thousand Rohingyas from Burma and migrants from Bangladesh who have been forcibly expelled and abandoned in international waters by the Thai security forces since December 2008.

Over the past few weeks, several boats have been rescued off the coasts of Indonesia and the Andaman Islands of India. Survivors tell of having been detained in Thailand, beaten, and towed out to sea on boats without engines or sufficient food and water. Several hundred remain missing and are feared dead.

Asian Human Rights Commission:

About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation monitoring and lobbying human rights issues in Asia. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984

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CWS emergency situation report #2: 2008 Tropical Storm Kammuri


Flooding caused from Typhoon Kammuri is affecting a large area of southeast Asia. Vietnam was hit first by rain from the storm earlier this month, leaving more than 100 dead or missing; subsequent flooding -- described in some reports as the worst flooding in 100 years -- has affected Laos, Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand, and flooding is expected shortly in Cambodia. The flooding is described as almost a "tidal surge" in strength as it moves south toward Cambodia.

"The Mekong flood is moving downstream,"

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CWS Hotline 19 Nov 2007: Dominican Republic, Myanmar


Dominican Republic

"Our houses are still full of mud and... we have lost many of our furnishings... and household goods," says Alta Gracia Mendez Nicolas, mother of seven children, of Tropical Storm Noel that hit the Dominican Republic some two weeks ago. "We have lost most of our agricultural production and now we are making it by food donations and whatever we can scrape together."

More than 100 communities are reportedly still inaccessible and incommunicado due to flooding and damaged roads.

Roads in one hard-to-reach area--Bateye

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Myanmar + 1 other
CWS appeal: Burma (Myanmar) humanitarian assistance

Appeal Number: 6994

Appeal Amount: $100,000

SITUATION: The continuing humanitarian crisis in Burma (Myanmar) has, over several decades, provoked a range of increasingly serious life-threatening issues linked to escalating poverty -- HIV/AIDS, high infant mortality, increased female-headed households, unemployment, etc. The majority of Burma's population lives under the poverty line and many of those live in extreme poverty on less than $1 a day.

The humanitarian crisis in Burma is complex and widespread -- the product of decades of prevailing poverty and vulnerability.

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CWS Hotline 29 Oct 2007: USA, Myanmar, Sudan


Group cooperation aids continuing Hurricane Katrina recovery in New Orleans, Louisiana


Recovery from Hurricane Katrina has brought together faith-based and community groups from across the New Orleans area: Greater New Orleans Disaster Recovery Partnership (GNODRP) is a CWS-supported umbrella agency representing nine long-term recovery groups and 70 agencies.

The group serves as a roundtable where unmet needs are addressed. For example, when case manager Ron Simmons needed supplies to repair a client's home, he brought the need to GNODRP.

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Myanmar + 1 other
Church World Service responds to situation in Burma

In recent weeks, people around the world have followed the news of large, peaceful, pro-democracy demonstrations all across Burma, led by Buddhist monks. The monks have joined Burma's best-known advocate for democratic reforms -- Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi -- as leaders in the struggle for non-violent change in their country. Throughout the world, people of faith often have been in the vanguard of such efforts.

For many years, Church World Service, along with its partner organizations, has ministered to Burmese refugees.

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Sri Lanka + 4 others
Tsunami anniversary: In global agency¹s largest natural disaster response, aid workers see signs of recovery at people level

But Hundreds of Thousands Still Homeless, Living in Temporary Shelters, Says Church World Service

NEW YORK -­ (Wed Dec 14) ­ Nearing the first anniversary of the south Asian tsunami that claimed some 275,000 lives, humanitarian agency Church World Service (CWS) says the tsunami disaster generated the single largest organizational mobilization in response to a natural disaster in the agency¹s 60-year history.

A year later, hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless and living in tents, improvised emergency shelters

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Myanmar + 1 other
Thailand orders urban Burmese refugees to leave cities for rural camps or face arrest

Of the many refugee camps along the Thailand-Burma border, Tham Hin is the closest to Bangkok. Opened in 1997, it also is the least livable.

More than 9,000 Burmese refugees live in a patchwork of houses crammed along narrow alleys. Pit latrines were dug under the houses, used, closed, and new ones dug, but now all room has been exhausted. Wells have run dry, and drought has all but dried up the stream that feeds the camp's water tanks. The remaining trickle of water, along with whatever water is trucked in, is strictly rationed.

Tham Hin camp got even more crowded in

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Indonesia + 4 others
South Asia: Tsunami Recovery - Response update 11 May 2005


The death toll is now approximately 176,168, with 50,000 persons still missing and an estimated 1.5 million persons displaced, as a result of the massive December 26, 2004 earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia and affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia and East Africa. The figures include Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Somalia, Maldives, Malaysia, and the Seychelles.

CWS, in conjunction with members of InterAction,

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India + 4 others
Church World Service tsunami recovery report - The first 90 days

Introduction to Church World Service

Church World Service (CWS), founded in 1946, is the relief, development, and refugee assistance ministry of 36 Protestant, Orthodox, and Anglican denominations within the United States. Working in partnership with local organizations in more than 80 countries, CWS supports sustainable self-help development, meets emergency needs, aids refugees, and addresses the root causes of poverty and powerlessness. CWS provides assistance without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, or gender.

The mission statement of Church World

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Indonesia + 4 others
CWS Emergency Response Program Response Update: CWS Tsunami Recovery

SITUATION: A magnitude 9.0 earthquake on December 26, off the west coast of northern Sumatra, Indonesia, triggered massive tsunamis that affected several countries throughout South and Southeast Asia and East Africa. Reliefweb and United States Agency for International Development report 174,441 dead, 106,496 missing and 1,170,936 displaced. The figures include Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Thailand, Maldives, Malaysia, Somalia, and the Seychelles.

On March 28, another large-scale earthquake struck off the west coast of northern Sumatra's Nias Island (approximately