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03 Jun 2019 description

Azar* was born in the mountains of central Afghanistan. He always considered his village to be a safe place to live, but when he was nearing the end of primary school, that all changed. A group identifying with the Taliban infiltrated his village. Azar’s family, who weren’t sympathetic to the group, fled for their safety. “In September 2018, I took a bus to Kabul, where I applied for a passport,” he says. “One short week later, I was able to leave for India. Then I traveled by a familiar people-smuggling route to Malaysia by air, then through Indonesia by land to Jakarta.”

19 Mar 2018 description

During another harsh winter in eastern Afghanistan over the past five months, CWS Japan provided cash assistance to help families returning from Pakistan after years in exile to meet basic needs, including interventions to help prevent often-deadly acute respiratory illness among children. Since most families are living in extreme conditions without full shelter or heat, young children face multiple health risks, but ARIs are the deadliest.

19 Nov 2017 description

As part of our Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs-funded project, 11 Afghans from national and local government entities, and civil society, including NGO and communities’ representatives from Nangahar Province, gathered recently in New Delhi, India to meet CWS Japan team members, along with Japan Conservation Engineers, Co. Ltd (JCE) staff. The group gathered for follow-up support to earlier learning-sharing about hazard mapping and community awareness raising intended to help cultivate a “map culture” in Afghanistan.

01 Aug 2017 description

Recently, 10 Afghan citizens representing government and civil society (community development councils and non-government organizations/NGOs), joined a ‘technical transfer’ workshop about hazard mapping and disaster risk reduction (DRR) that was organized by CWS Japan in collaboration with Japan Conservation Engineers Co. Ltd. and funded by Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their time in Tokyo, participants leaned about key DRR mechanisms in Japan, and worked on developing the technical skills need to create hazard maps, including QGIS and risk analysis.

21 Oct 2016 description

In Indonesia I joined the official opening of the 3rd of 5 group homes CWS organizes for unaccompanied and separated (refugee) children. The Jakarta neighborhood where we are renting the house for 40 Afghan and Somali boys has been quite welcoming, which is great for the boys who have left so much, including their families, behind in search of better lives. As I was leaving the house, the boy in the yellow shirt was arriving by a complicated route from Afghanistan to join the others in making the rented house into their new home … for now. Join me in wishing them well!

30 Oct 2015 description

October 30, 2015
Appeal Code: 700-V
Appeal amount: $60,000


A powerful earthquake centered in northern Afghanistan - measured at 8.1-magnitude by Pakistan’s government and 7.5-magnitude by the U.S. Geological Survey - has affected Pakistan and Afghanistan. The quake could also be felt in India, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

17 Sep 2015 description


The International Organization for Migration estimates that 350,000 refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa have crossed into the European Union between January and August of 2015, a significant increase over previous years. The largest group are those fleeing civil war in Syria, followed by smaller populations from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Nigeria and Kosovo.

10 Jun 2014 description

EXPANDED APPEAL GOAL: $550,421 (from $494,020)


As noted in the initial May 7 appeal and the May 19 update, Afghanistan is experiencing severe weather affecting tens of thousands of persons. Flash floods and landslides in the country over the past weeks have affected 120,000 people across 16 provinces. Hundreds have died.

20 May 2014 description

EXPANDED APPEAL GOAL: $550,421 (from $494,020)


As noted in the initial May 7 appeal, Afghanistan is experiencing severe weather affecting tens of thousands of persons. Flash floods and landslides in the country over the past weeks have affected 120,000 people across 16 provinces. An estimated 675 people have died. Many of them were swept away by floodwaters or buried under mud.

06 May 2014 description

$494,020 Initial Appeal: Afghanistan Floods and Landslides



MAY 6, 2014


15 Apr 2014 description




APRIL 15, 2014

SITUATION: A 4.1 magnitude earthquake and heavy rains triggered landslides in Afghanistan’s Takhar Province on Saturday (April 12). At least four people have been killed and 100 houses destroyed. The death toll is expected to increase as rescue efforts to remove people trapped under debris are underway.

01 Feb 2014 description

Author: Steph Cousins, Humanitarian Advocacy Lead, Oxfam Australia, and co-Chair of the ACFID Afghanistan Working Group

As Afghanistan prepares for presidential elections and the withdrawal of international forces, insecurity continues to spread across the country, with a devastating impact on civilians.

19 Aug 2013 description



AUG. 19, 2013


Heavy rains and floods continue to affect large sections of Pakistan and Afghanistan, killing dozens.

By country:

AFGHANISTAN: Recent flood waters and rain have devastated several parts of Kabul, Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar, Wardak, Ghazni, Khost, Kapisa, Nooristan,Paktika, Paktya, Parwan, Ghoor, Dikundi, and Logar provinces.

05 Aug 2013 description

AUG. 5, 2013

SITUATION: Parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan have been struck by floods, so far resulting in more than 100 deaths. The floods are caused by seasonal (July-September) monsoon rains that are currently affecting portions of south and central Asia.

24 Oct 2012 description

“We liked the teaching methods, and we must implement the same in the classrooms so that all can learn,” said Shehla, the headmistress at Bibi Maryam High School in Afghanistan. Her statement is in reference to her newly acquired skills of how to build a community classroom that promotes social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Along with twenty-four other teachers, she learned these skills during a five-day workshop conducted by CWS-P/A.

14 Mar 2011 description


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.

31 May 2010 description

KABUL, Afghanistan/NEW YORK, NY -- International humanitarian agency Church World Service announced today that its long-time work in Afghanistan has been temporarily suspended by the Afghan Ministry of Economy, pending investigation of allegations related to an Afghan television news story claiming that CWS and another humanitarian agency, Norwegian Church Aid, had engaged in religious proselytizing.

CWS further announced in a statement that it has formally denied the allegations and expects the suspension will last only a few days, while the issue is investigated.

CWS is an …

05 Dec 2009 description



The success of the Church World Service-supported Girls' Education Project in Qarghayi District, Laghman Province, is bringing hope for positive change in an area where the literacy rates are among the lowest in the world, particularly for women and girls. An initiative of Church World Service and partner Afghan Development Association, the project helps to increase girls' participation in primary education

The newest endeavor of the project is to provide literacy classes for parents and others associated with the girls.

06 Sep 2009 description
  • Assisting quake survivors in Indonesia

    - Working toward food security in southern Pakistan; meeting needs of displaced families in northwest Pakistan

    - Families in Afghanistan affected by severe flooding

    - Communities in Baja peninsula, Mexico, suffer hurricane damage

    Indonesia - A magnitude 7 earthquake hit the island of Java on Sept. 2, killing at least 64 people. An estimated 28,000 people need shelter.

    CWS Indonesia dispatched an assessment team to Tasikmalaya and Garut Districts to determine needs of displaced families.

03 Sep 2009 description

SITUATION: A flash flood earlier this week (Sept.