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19 Nov 2018 description

Today, CWS is distributing 200,000 liters of clean water daily at 24 locations. This is accomplished with a fleet of seven trucks and reaches more than 16,000 people from 3,693 households every day……

CWS started water distributions on October 4th. Today, CWS is distributing 80,000 liters of clean water daily at 16 locations for 6,200+ people affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake……

13 Nov 2018 description

CWS started water distributions on October 4th. Today, CWS is distributing 80,000 liters of clean water daily at 16 locations for 6,200+ people affected by the Central Sulawesi earthquake……

The earthquake and tsunami on September 28, 2018 - and the resulting land liquefaction and landslides - killed 2,077 people. Palu was the worst-affected area; more than 1,700 people died there. Search and rescue operations were stopped on October 12; according to Indonesia's national disaster management agency, at least 1,075 people are still reported missing.

09 Nov 2018 description

What began as protests in Nicaragua in April turned into civil unrest and violence that has claimed more than 300 lives and led to widespread fear.

07 Nov 2018 description

Across the globe, climate change-related displacement has become a norm rather than an exception. Weather and climate hazards that are becoming increasingly common are displacing millions of people. In Kenya’s far flung county of Tana River, 2018 will go down as another year of catastrophic weather. Mid this year, just when the area was recuperating from the 2017 devastating drought, extensive flooding occurred.

26 Oct 2018 description

CWS programs in Myanmar reached 18,876 people in Myanmar last year.

Khin Myo Thant, 33, spends most of her time caring for her young son, Hein Aung Soe. She also helps her husband, U Aung Ko, grow okra on an acre of land owned by family members. Their yearly income from selling okra – which can only happen during the November-April dry season – is about $492. It’s not enough to cover their family expenses, so U Aung Ko also fishes in the rainy season for food and a little extra money.

26 Oct 2018 description

CWS efforts in Indonesia positively impacted more than 17,000 people in 16 communities this year.

There are 83 families – about 400 people – in Mateos Missa’s village in West Timor. Mateos, 33, lives with his wife, Yufita Sio, and their two daughters. Mercy is a toddler, and little Misa is still a newborn. Mateos chairs the Ow Sustana Water Use Committee, which means that he is responsible for making sure that water is used fairly.

19 Oct 2018 description

By Aneth George and Caleb Wafula

There are an estimated 68.5 million refugees in the world today. From Nyarugusu refugee camp in Tanzania to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, the number of refugees and asylum seekers continues soaring each passing year.

15 Oct 2018 description

By Caleb Wafula

You’ve probably seen the headlines about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a development agenda focused on ensuring that “no one is left behind.” Goal 4 of this agenda seeks to ensure inclusive and quality education for all, calling attention to the fact that 263 million children around the world are not attending school. Two Kenyan boys Idris Kuno, who would like to be a teacher and his brother Ali Kuno who would like to be a doctor are part of this statistic.

11 Oct 2018 description

Situation On the evening of Saturday, October 6, a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck 12 miles north of Port-de-Paix, a city of about 250,000 people in Haiti’s Northwest department. This was followed by two aftershocks: 5.2-magnitude on Sunday, October 7 and 4.2-magnitude on Monday, October 8.

Based on initial assessments that were mostly conducted in urban areas, the government of Haiti reports that:

  • 17 people died, 427 people were injured and 729 people are living in shelters.

02 Oct 2018 description


A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday night. The quake, and the resulting tsunami with waves up to about 10 feet high, leveled buildings and brought destruction to the city of Palu. As of 1 p.m. local time on September 30, 540 people had been severely injured and 29 were missing. The death toll has continued to climb; as of the morning of October 1, U.S. time, CNN reported a death toll of over 840. That number is expected to rise as debris is cleared. Search and rescue operations are underway.

26 Sep 2018 description

Earlier this month, the Trump administration made a devastating announcement that it would only resettle 30,000 refugees next fiscal year – the lowest level in U.S. history. This number comes as we find ourselves in the midst of the worst refugee crisis in history, with more than 25 million refugees worldwide, over half of which are children.

13 Sep 2018 description

Washington, D.C. — As a group of US-based humanitarian and development NGOs, we are deeply concerned by the Trump administration’s decision to stop funding programs that meet the basic needs of Palestinians at a time of acute suffering brought on by years of conflict and isolation.

27 Aug 2018 description

It has been four days since I arrived in North Lombok to help coordinate response to the earthquake. Because of my role as Disaster Risk Management Specialist, the CWS team loaned me to Humanitarian Forum Indonesia to aid in the response. I’m here to help meet the needs of the people of Lombok while they continue the disaster recovery process.

22 Aug 2018 description

“I live near the beach. I am too afraid to go back to my house right now – that’s why I stayed with my two sons here in the camp. My husband is a fisherman. He went fishing today but only caught 10 fish, which isn’t enough to be sold to buy milk for my sons.”

– Ibu Eli, who lives in the camp in Rembiga Field.

When a 7.0-magnitude aftershock rocked Lombok, Indonesia on August 5, it seemed like everyone engaged in disaster response was still occupied by responding to the 6.4-magnitude earthquake that had struck the area on July 29.

19 Aug 2018 description

Michael Kendagor | August 19, 2018

In April 2018 River Tana, the biggest river in Kenya burst its banks following heavy rains. Amina and her children, along with hundreds of others in their community lost their home. Now 35 year-old Amina Ali Dubow, her husband and their five children ages four to 12 years-old—two boys and three girls—live in a temporary camp near Minjila Center, Garsen.

07 Aug 2018 description

by Martin Coria

Dichosos los compasivos, porque serán tratados con compasión. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7

It is commonly referred to as the largest humanitarian crisis and exodus in the history of the Western Hemisphere. Venezuela is in crisis; more than 1.5 million people have left since 2014, so nations across Latin America are now hosting large and growing Venezuelan migrant populations.

27 Jul 2018 description

Caleb Wafula

The scientific consensus is very clear: Climate change is one of the most vexing challenges of the 21st century. Young people are highly vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change, which is why young people around the world are standing up and taking action.

23 Jul 2018 description

In a recent meeting with Myat Moe Thwe, Director of the Department of Disaster Management in Myanmar’s Ministry of Social Welfare’s Relief and Resettlement Department, CWS Country Representative, Isaree Khreusirikul had a chance to strengthen our relationship with the Department for the first time since CWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with them in early 2017.