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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thin Thin Khaing, is a 27-year-old mother whose small family benefits from her participation in CWS-led nutrition education activities. She and her husband, Kan Tun, have a 4-year-old daughter named May Phu Khaing, and they have lived in Let Pan Tan village for many years. As poor farmers they earn about 40,000 Kyat ($29) monthly growing and selling chili during the dry season (November-April) on their single acre of land.
In its worst weather disaster in decades, Japan is dealing with massive floods and landslides in more than 11 prefectures. These are the result of torrential rain that started in early July. So far, 214 deaths have been confirmed, 19 people remain missing according to CNN, and around 5,000 people reside in evacuation centers across the prefectures.
According to Worldometers, Kenya’s total population is currently estimated to be 50.9 million with the median age being a young 19.2 years. The 2009 national census found that out of a population of approximately 38 million people, youth (15-35 years) and children (0-14 years) constitute 78% of the total country population. This youth bulge creates a unique set of development challenges, chief among them is how to address an overall unemployment rate that stands at approximately 40%, with 64% of the country’s unemployed being youths.
About 100 unaccompanied and separated refugee children in Jakarta just started new classes. These kids live in CWS-supported group homes. They had just had a two-week break and were excited to get back to learning. It was also an exciting time for their 13 teachers, all of whom refugees themselves. On that first day of classes, five of the teachers were new.
Lissett says her diversified vegetable garden makes her feel stronger and more able to cope with crises. “We had a drought two years ago that affected all of us a lot. It made us poorer, but it also made us more intentional about growing more foods besides corn and beans, and finding other ways to make money.”
Recently about 100 unaccompanied and separated refugee children, both boys and girls, who live in three CWS-supported group homes in Jakarta started new classes in the group homes. It was an exciting time not only for the students, who were ending a two-week break and were eager to resume learning, but also for five new volunteer teachers who were joining eight veteran teachers who have been volunteering their time for a while. All 13 teachers are refugees too and, until a few months ago, three of five the new teachers were themselves living in a group home.
Maxi Taneseb and Fince Yane Baifeto live in a small village in West Timor with their three children. Because of their poverty and ambition to live better, the family joined CWS in Timor Zero Hunger activities in January 2017. With CWS support, they started to improve the way they grew vegetables and raised chickens, and they also started working towards better access to clean water and a family toilet – something they did alongside others in Noemuke village who also wanted to improve their economic status for better food security and their children’s health and nutrition.
Henra Rante Allo is a 40-year-old member of the Disaster Preparedness Team (TAGANA is the Indonesian acronym) in Tana Toraja District of South Sulawesi – a team that was created by the Ministry of Social Affairs several years ago as part of a nationwide program designed to support community volunteers for disaster preparedness and response. Henra’s TAGANA tasks include helping evacuate and shelter people from disaster affected areas, and then doing rapid needs assessments to address damage.
To continue helping villages in Maubin Township in Southwest Myanmar, the CWS team once again worked with the Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology (www.cawst.org) further strengthen sanitation in flood-prone villages where CWS has been partnering with families for several years to help them affordably improve sanitation in schools and at home.
Our team in Myanmar has been partnering with villages in Maubin township in southwest Myanmar for years. Many communities here are flood-prone and face deep poverty, so our team has helped them prepare for and mitigate flooding, improve child nutrition and improve sanitation in schools and at home.
The CWS Urban Refugee Self-Reliance Program has supported 35 refugees and vulnerable host community members in Tanzania and 800 in South Africa as they become more economically self-reliant.
“I didn’t meet my family’s basic needs on a daily basis until I started this business. Now I earn an average income of $9 per day!”
Severe flooding in Kenya has displaced more than 311,000 people, killing 132 and injuring 23, according to the National Disaster Management Agency. More than 6,000 livestock have been killed, and flood waters have submerged more than 9,500 acres of farmland. Infrastructure including houses, health centers, schools and roads have been damaged or destroyed.
Lebucaility and Gariana hamlets are located in Timor Leste’s mountains in a district whose central town is just 20 miles west – but decades behind – the country’s capital, Dili. Using dangerous dirt roads to reach their tiny enclaves, CWS staff have come to work with several hundred subsistence farming families who use traditional agricultural practices and a traditional language unique to Liquiçá District, which is administratively responsible for them.