Myanmar COVID-19 Emergency Assistance, Food distribution to families with children with disabilities

We have distributed packages of 10 kg of rice, 1 litter of oil, 30 eggs, 1.6 kg of chickpeas and 1.6 kg of potatoes. AAR Myanmar Office's staff took measures to prevent the spread of infection, such as wearing a mask while delivering these food packages.  (Yangon, Myanmar, May 8, 2020).

In Myanmar, COVID-19 is affecting the daily life of everyone, and especially those we have been supporting since before the pandemic are currently facing even more difficult situations.

Pakistan - COVID-19 Emergency Assistance, Distributing relief items and sending out information to prevent the spread of infection

AAR Japan is distributing emergency assistance items for families facing a high risk of infection due to their fragile social-economic situations, such as families with children with disabilities.

Hygiene items (hand sanitizers, soaps, masks and disposable gloves, etc.) and food items (oil, salt, sugar, etc.) inspected the qualities and packaged for distribution by AAR staff. From left: Pakistan office staff Shajiha Khan, Nabila Masood, Babar Ahtab (April 8, 2020)


Expanding Goods Supply to Disability Organizations: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Expanding Goods Supply to Disability Organizations: COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Since this April, AAR Japan has been supplying sanitation goods including masks to organizations and welfare facilities for Persons with disabilities(PWDs) in Japan. Most of the supplied goods were donated from companies and organizations which have supported us from before. Even state of emergency has lifted, still many welfare staffs are in the difficult situation. 

Bottle cleaning center office of Employment support for disability, where we had sent masks. (2020/5/15, Akishima, Tokyo)

From visiting nursing foundation. “Thank you for your masks and small sweets.”


Pakistan: “A School With Toilets Is Precisely What We Have Dreamed About!”

From February 2016 to September 2019, the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), implemented a hygiene-enhancement project that was targeted at elementary schools of the Haripur District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, in Pakistan. Our project included building sanitation facilities, such as water wells and toilets, which were urgently needed by a total of 37 elementary schools with poor hygiene conditions. We also provided instructive workshops, aiming to guide schoolchildren in how to improve their hygiene habits.

Sobia Sultan, from our Haripur Office, who led project activities on the ground since its initial stage, reviews and reports on her commitment, and the details of the process during those three years.

Children washing their hands at the hand-washing facility, which was installed with the support of AAR Japan. (April 2019)


Afghanistan: “This school doesn’t have any obstacles to stop my studies anymore.”

AAR Japan has been promoting inclusive education (*) in Afghanistan since 2014. Our goal is to create an environment where all children can learn together, regardless of whether they have a disability. In this article, Tamim SHAMS, a project officer at AAR Kabul office, reports on the activities that took place in 2018 including their achievements and the voices from the beneficiaries of our project.

(*) Inclusive education: classrooms, facilities and education systems provided for all children regardless of race, language and if they have a disability.
Children using a wheelchair ramp installed for the school. It was constructed with AAR Japan’s support (September 2018)


Zambia: We are the ones to build the community! ---Until the “former refugees” stand up again

The policy gathers global attention, but how is the situation on the ground?

 “I’m old now. I’ve been living in a refugee settlement for decades as a refugee. Suddenly, I was told ‘you are no longer a refugee and there’s no support available’, but how can I live without any aid?”

In April 2017, AAR Japan was in the Meheba Local Integration Area visiting residents and hearing about their living conditions. Meheba Local Integration Area is a target region of the local integration policy by the Zambian government, which is aimed at helping the “former refugees” and local Zambians that cohabit there. The former refugees are people who escaped from Angola, where there was a long civil war from 1975 to 2002, or the Rwandan Genocide, to Zambia, and have lived in the country for several decades.

Tomomi AWAMURA from AAR japan (showing her back) observing the Local Integration Area provided for the “former refugees”. They will have to cultivate the land of endless grass by their own hands. (Zambia Meheba, April 13th, 2017)

Cambodia: Wheelchairs Help Nurture the Rapport Between PWDs and Their Local Community

Since the year of 1992, the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan, (AAR Japan), has provided assistance to people with disabilities (PWDs) in Cambodia. In 1994, AAR Japan set up a workshop to build wheelchairs and have supported it as one of the very few workplaces in Cambodia where staff are intensively engaged in the production of wheelchairs. Even after our leaving this workshop to be independent in 2006 as one of the local NGOs, that is “Association for Aid and Relief, Wheelchair for Development'' (WCD), AAR Japan is supporting their management and operation while paying deep respect to the independent status of the Cambodian staffs.

This report focuses on the follow-up visits to the people given wheelchairs made in this workshop to discuss how their lives have improved. Satomi MUKAI, a staff member of AAR Japan based in our Cambodia Office shares this report.
Mr. Sar Sophano, a chief staff of the workshop
WCD checks various recent situations
where assistance devices are used. (August 23th, 2019)