New learning centers give children a safe place to study after Nepal quake

This story was first published on Rescue.org by the International Rescue Committee on Sep. 30, 2015

Children whose clasrooms were damaged by the powerful earthquake that struck Nepal in April
 are now heading to class in new learning centers built by IRC partner AAR Japan,
which also provided school uniforms and school supplies. Photo: AAR Japan


Floods in Kanto and Tohoku Regions: September 15th Activity Report

As of today, AAR Japan distributed long-life bread for 300 evacuees at the Regional Exchange Center (Toyoda Castle), which is currently used as an evacuation center.

While only few evacuees stay in the evacuation center during daytime, many of them come to receive food at night. Even those who decided to stay home cannot cook at home, as their houses had been inundated and covered by mud. Moreover, AAR Japan distributed additional anti-dust masks, as they are indispensable for those evacuees who are working hard during daytime to remove heavy mud from their houses.

AAR Japan is determined to continue its aid activities in cooperation with the affected communities.
Your donation will make a change.

The evacuation center’s manager with AAR Japan president, Yukie Osa,
who is originally from the city of Joso. (September 15th, 2015)


September 14 Aid Activity Report—distribution of aid materials such as anti-dust masks

AAR Japan continues its support for those who were severely affected by bank-bursting floods from Kinugawa River in the City of Joso, Ibaraki, in cooperation with a local non-profit organization, Ibaraki NPO Center Commons.

As of today, September 14th, AAR Japan distributed portable toilets usable for 2000 times. Other distributed materials include 1,400 anti-dust masks, 240 pairs of gloves, towels and wet wipes. While some large evacuation centers have sufficient aid materials, such materials in other smaller evacuation centers and volunteer hubs remain severely deficient. AAR Japan is determined to continue its aid activities in cooperation with local people.

We are most grateful for your kind support.

Aid materials such as anti-dust masks and gloves distributed
 through an local NPO (September 14th, 2015)


Floods in Kanto and Tohoku regions: distribution of most demanded portable toilets

Water supply remains to be cut in the City of Joso, Ibaraki. Such a situation has raised high demand for portable toilets both in evacuation centers and at home. In cooperation with local Council of Social Welfare and NPOs, AAR Japan distributed portable toilets usable for 1000 times to the Regional Exchange Center (Toyoda Castle) in Ishige, Joso City, which is currently used as an evacuation center.

Aid and support needed in affected areas are changing from one moment to another.  AAR Japan is determined to continue providing aid in a timely manner.


Floods in Kanto and Tohoku regions: AAR Japan distributed underclothes for 300 evacuees.

AAR Japan is conducting its emergency response in the City of Joso, Ibaraki, severely affected by heavy rains and floods that destroyed the banks of Kinugawa River. As a result of our assessment in three evacuation centers in the city, we came to learn about a severe shortage of underclothes, while food and normal clothes are adequate. Thus, as of today, AAR Japan distributed underclothes for 300 evacuees in two of the largest evacuation centers in the district of Ishige Gymnasium and West Ishige Junior High School.

AAR Japan is also preparing the distribution of portable toilets usable for 3000 times in the same city, responding to the dire demand for portable toilets due to continuing water-cut.
At an evacuation center(September 12th.2015)


Myanmar : Continuous Serious Damage at Flood Disaster Area

AAR Japan is providing assistance for the victims of the flood occurring from July in Myanmar . The local partner organization, MILI is a self-help organization of persons with disabilities (PWDs), and has offices across the country giving them an expansive network. They listened to the voices of PWDs who are placed in difficult situations in times of disaster, to understand their particular needs. Then, they began to distribute emergency supplies to areas in high demand. There are areas where the flood water has receded, however the damages are enormous assistance from the domestic/international community is still required in extensive areas.

We appreciate your continuing support to deliver assistance to the affected areas.

A MILI member is heading for an investigation of the disaster situation.
 Regardless of the flood water recession, the muddy unpaved road makes
the advance difficult. They are laying woven bamboos on the road as
a temporary measure. (Bago County, August 13th.2015)

In the province, the walls and roofs of many houses are made of bamboo.
 According to the government announcement, as many as 15,000 buildings
 were damaged. Among them, 10,000 buildings’ damage occurred
in Rakhine State. (Rakhine State, August 13th, 2015)

The water level during the flood reached 2 meters above the ground, and
it was so high that even a high-floor-style house to be prepared for the rainy season was flooded.
 The resident in the photo is pointing at the height of the water at the time of the flood.
(Rakhine State, August 13th, 2015)

A MILI personnel is heading to a shelter for a survey. In MILI, there are
many personnel who are PWDs, which enables them to grasp the needs of other PWDs.
(Yangon, August 15th, 2015)

Residents who are still continuing their displaced life are getting more and more
tired every day. Ever since the flood started, a total of 300,000 households
were forced to live a (displaced) life. (Yangon, August 15th, 2015)

Personnel of the Cooperation Organization MILI are assorting the procured relief supplies.
They efficiently pack supplies such as food, hygiene products, blankets, water proof sheets
for  every household. (Yangon, August 12th, 2015)

Yoshio NAKAGAWA, Yangon Office
After graduating from university, he started working at the Japanese Red Cross Society.
 Later, he hoped to work at a place for international cooperation and entered AAR Japan.
 He resided in Tajikistan from March 2011 to September 2013. He has acted as
 a representative of Hpa-An office in Myanmar(Burma) since October 2013, and
a representative of Yangon residence office, since January 2015. He is from Kanagawa Prefecture


Myanmar (Burma): Emergency Assistance for the Flood Victims Begins

In Myanmar, continuous heavy rain from July caused at least 103 deaths, and a total of 27 million families were forced to take refuge. The heavy rain has affected a massive number of 128 million people (Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement of Myanmar). AAR Japan, holding offices in Yangon and Karen State, has begun providing emergency assistance to those affected, in cooperation with a local Disabled Person’s Organization (DPO), Myanmar Independent Living Initiative (MILI).

AAR Japan and MILI have decided to distribute food, daily essentials, and assistive devices such as crutches to 1,200 families, especially severely damaged households and persons with disabilities (PWDs) and their families, in ten areas such as Yangon, Magway, and Bago Regions, as well as Rakhine State. MILI has offices in all these ten areas, and has a handle on the situation of the local PWDs. Currently they are beginning distribution in some areas, while proceeding with needs assessment and commodity procurement. They plan to launch the full-scale distribution of goods early next week.

Myint Shwe is a local man who supported his five family members by selling fish. He lost all his household possessions and work tools in the flood. The flood rose to just under the roof of his stilt house, which has made it impossible to live in. (Ayeyarwady Region, August 11th, 2015, photo provided by MILI)