Please support our cause to help those affected in Philippines
In response to Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) that struck the Philippines on November 8th, 2013, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) will deploy its staff members from Japan to carry out emergency assistance activities.
The typhoon, which caused massive flooding and landslides, has affected an estimated 11.3 million people all across the island nation, especially in areas around Leyte Island. It has been reported that as many as 10,000 people may have died in Tacloblan City alone, and more than 670,000 people have been forced to evacuate. These numbers are expected to increase through the subsequent surveys. Assistance is urgently needed including provision of water, food, medication, sanitary materials alternative shelters, and removal of debris (*source: United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs: UNOCHA).
Do we want the future where 'Killer Robots' murder people?
The development of “Killer Robots”, which have the ability to reconnoiter, assess the situation, and attack people based on autonomous systems, has been in progress. If such robots are employed, it would be possible for them to attack their targets without the judgments of humans. Are we going to face a reality in the near future, where “Killer Robots” roam around battlefields and murder people?
As a member of the “Campaign to Stop Killer Robots,” AAR Japan will host an evening forum and invite Dr. Peter ASARO, Technical Expert of the Campaign, as a special speaker. This forum is open to anyone who is interested in this issue.
The launch meeting of ‘Campaign to Stop Killer Robots’ (April 2013). Pictured in the center in brown shirt is Mr. Peter ASARO, and on the right is Ms. Jody Williams, the winner of Nobel Peace Prize. (c) Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
To Establish a Habit of Using Toilets and Washing Hands for Preventing Infectious Diseases
The Republic of Haiti, where AAR Japan has operated since when the country was hit by the devastating earthquake in January 2010, has been one of the poorest countries in the western hemisphere even before the earthquake. The country suffers poor infrastructure including roads, schools and hospitals and among others, the lack of sanitation facilities such as latrines and hand-washing facilities is severe. Added to this constant want, the earthquake devastated the country and forced Haitian people to live in the worsened sanitary condition. This led to the further prevalence of cholera in the autumn of 2010, which resulted in approximately 580,000 cases of infection and casualty of around 8,000 people. The government of Haiti also recognizes that promotion of good hygiene among children is one of the most urgent issues to address.
The living drainage flows and garbage is piled up on the road. (Port-au-Prince, October 2012)
Cambodia: Learning Together with Children with Disabilities – Support for School-aged Children in Cambodia
Since 1992, AAR Japan has been carrying out various relief activities in Cambodia, including vocational training for persons with disabilities and the production/distribution of wheelchairs. In April 2013, we launched a new project to provide opportunity for education to every child regardless of whether they are with disabilities or not.
|Prek Tameak Primary School’s grounds. Entrance to the classroom requires ascending steep stairs. (April 24th, 2013)|
In 2011, AAR Japan started operation in Kenya, for supporting people suffering from the huge drought in East Africa. Since February 2012, we have repaired the water supply facilities and built new wells in local villages located as far as an eight-hour drive to the east of Nairobi, the capital in Kenya.
|Women and children are usually in charge of drawing out and carrying water. They dig up dry bottoms of seasonal rivers and draw water from underground in villages with no well (around Ture Village in Garissa District, April 12th, 2013).|
In Tajikistan, the social welfare system has not been fully developed, and the pension provided by the government for persons with disabilities is only 80 somoni (roughly 1,600 yen) per month. Simply buying a slice of bread (their staple food) uses up all of their income. AAR Japan has been providing vocational training program to those with disabilities and their families in an effort to help them regain their independence and ability to support their families.
Below is a report from Yoshio NAKAGAWA, who has been engaged in operation in Tajikistan for three years.
The Great East Japan Earthquake: Providing Safe Drinking Water and Lunches for Children in Fukushima Prefecture
Following the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, concerns have been expressed about the safety of children’s drinking water and food in areas where high levels of radiation have been detected.
In many of the day care centers in Fukushima Prefecture, children are drinking bottled mineral water due to the concern over radiation exposure. Local governments provide safe drinking water to some communities, but unfortunately, this is not on a regular basis and the supply is limited. There is not enough water for children to drink at lunch and at snack time; nor is there a sufficient amount of safe water to mix powdered milk with for babies. By providing mineral water and installing water servers, AAR Japan has donated 16,480 liters of drinking water to nine kindergartens and day care centers in Soma, Minami Soma and Date City.
|April 22, 2013 at Tsukidate Day Care Center in Date City - The mineral water donated by AAR Japan is used for cooking lunches and making powered milk.|