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08 Nov 2016 description

Leslie Wilson | November 7, 2016

For more than 20 years, hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers from Myanmar (Burma) have lived inside Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border – next to their country yet far from their homes . Last week, I visited one refugee camp that is home to about 6,000 people, mainly from the Karen ethnic group, who live in isolation from much of the world.

27 May 2015 description


Please find herein the Joint NGO Statement ahead of the intergovernmental Special Meeting on Irregular Migration in the Indian Ocean being held on 29 May 2015 hosted by the Royal Thai Government in Bangkok. The signatories below represent more than 600 non-governmental and civil society organisations operating across Asia and the Pacific regions.

04 Apr 2013 description



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.

07 Mar 2012 description

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.

04 Jan 2012 description

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.

01 Nov 2011 description

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.

01 Nov 2011 description



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.

11 Jul 2011 description

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.

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.

09 Jan 2010 description

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.

07 Feb 2009 description

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.

18 Aug 2008 description


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.

19 Nov 2007 description


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.

16 Nov 2007 description

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.

29 Oct 2007 description


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.

24 Oct 2007 description

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.

14 Dec 2005 description

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 and transitional living centers in the worst affected …

16 May 2005 description

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.

11 May 2005 description


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.