Humanitarian and Community Development Support

Humanitarian and Community Development Support


For the unaccompanied young refugees and asylum seekers in CWS-supported shelters in Jakarta, life is often filled with waiting. Our team provides activities, including this trip in late 2016 to Bogasari Baking Center for an intensive, three-day baking course. A group of 14 unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia and Somalia participated.


The CWS Protecting Urban Refugees through Empowerment program continues to support almost 500 especially vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers in Jakarta, including 200 unaccompanied and separated children. The program helps to ensure basic rights and protection and to address the risk of sexual and gender-based violence while improving response when harm does happen.

In partnership with national organizations Dompet Dhuafa and Lifespring and with Indonesian government officials, schools, hospitals and clinics, CWS provided monthly subsistence allowances to 480 people; enrolled 27 refugee children in schools; facilitated access to classes and recreation for more than 800; and facilitated health care – including mental health services – and health information access for nearly 3,000 people. Additionally, CWS supported 200 unaccompanied and separated children living in five CWS-organized group homes, in rented rooms or in foster care with families.

Timor Zero Hunger

Our team in West Timor expanded the Timor Zero Hunger program this year in partnership with families, community leaders and government colleagues. We are continuing to address hunger and malnutrition by integrating agriculture, nutrition, health, water supply and sanitation activities, thereby increasing nutritious food availability, especially for young children.

In the Ume Manekan Women and Children’s Hospital, nurses engaged mothers in the CWS-supported Therapeutic Feeding Center to treat 69 very young children for severe, acute malnutrition. This treatment included high-energy milk and nutritious food as well as education for ongoing care in order to sustain gains. Through partnership with the local government health and agriculture workers, 348 families with children under five have improved caring and feeding practices for these children. They also have more diverse diets that include protein as well as fruits, vegetables and staple grains because of complementary support for home gardens and chicken-raising. Also, about 100 households now enjoy increased safe water access. Each also benefited from better hygiene knowledge and practices, which CWS supported – especially the 50 families that built latrines.

Safe School and Safe Communities

In phase three of the Tana Toraja Safe Schools, Safe Communities program, CWS joined government partners to support more than 4,000 people in six villages to prepare for and mitigate natural disasters. As a result, communities are more informed, better able to adapt to climate change and prepared to respond – in partnership with government duty bearers – in the event of a disaster.


CWS teams worked with national, provincial and district Disaster Management Agency staff to improve emergency management systems in Timor Tengah Selatan district, West Timor, and Toraja Utara district, South Sulawesi. With local NGO partners Gerbang Mas and Inanta, CWS joined Agency staff to reach more than 7,000 people in four villages with innovative approaches. Together, we are building community resilience that links community needs and rights to government disaster risk management responsibilities. Through CWS-supported management forums and community team formation, villagers use local knowledge, lessons learned from past disasters and best practice to influence district policies and strategies.

Emergency Response

In addition to continuing humanitarian and development initiatives, in late 2016 our team facilitated the ACT Indonesia Forum response to the Aceh earthquake. We helped secure $54,000 in ACT Alliance quick response funds for YAKKUM Emergency Unit and Pelkesi, which is the Indonesian Christian Association for Health Service. This response had a positive, immediate impact on more than 5,000 vulnerable people.

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