10.13.2020

Tajikistan: School supplies for children affected by flood


Children looking forward to being back in school holding stationery set distributed by AAR (September 16, 2020.)

The town of Sadriddin in Khuroson District, located about an hour and a half east of Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, was severely damaged by floods and landslides in mid-May. Aminova Zarina from the Tajikistan office reports on AAR Japan's relief efforts. 

 

9.14.2020

Uganga : Education for Congolese refugee children


The Democratic Republic of the Congo (referred to as Congo below) in central Africa has been unstable since the 1990s, but tensions have further escalated in the wake of the presidential elections at the end of 2018 and armed clashes in the eastern region in 2019 have resulted in the deaths of scores of civilians. The number of refugees fleeing to neighboring Uganda has also skyrocketed, with approximately 410,000 Congolese refugees currently residing in Uganda. More than 30% of the children living in refugee settlements are currently not able to attend school.  

In April this year, AAR Japan began supporting the education of Congolese refugee children and children living in areas hosting refugees. Masayasu Higuchi from the AAR Ugandan Hoima office reports. 

Congolese refugee children studying eagerly in crowded classroom in the Kyangwali refugee settlement, Uganda. 

 

9.09.2020

Torrential rain in Kyushu: Providing supplies to welfare facilities for PWD


The torrential rains in Kyushu in early July caused extensive damage in Kumamoto Prefecture and various areas in Japan, and restoration work is still ongoing in the affected areas. We pray for the souls of the deceased and express our heartfelt sympathy for those who were affected by the disaster. 


Sayako Nogiwa and Kazuya Omuro from AAR Japan checking the damage 
during a visit to the social welfare facility (July 11,2020)


9.04.2020

Uganda: Refugees prevent the spread of COVID-19 with homemade masks

 In the eastern African country of Uganda, where the spread of COVID-19 continues, AAR Japan held a mask-making workshop to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at a South Sudanese refugee camp, located in the north of the country.

Refugee settlement leaders wearing their handmade masks. The right is AAR staff (August 2020, Palolinha settlement)

8.11.2020

Japan Hongkongers Association donated ¥6.3 million to support the disaster area in Kyushu

 

The torrential rains in Kyushu in early July 2020 left 76 deaths and 3 missing, mainly in Kumamoto Prefecture. A month later, approximately 1,400 people are still staying in the evacuation centers. AAR Japan would like to express our sincere condolences to the victims and heartfelt sympathy to all those who have suffered.

"Hang in there, Japan! " warm messages from Hong Kong.

While the recovery work is still going on in the affected areas, Japan Hongkongers Association (JHA), established by Hong Kong People residing in Japan, donated approximately 6.3 million yen to Japanese international NGO, AAR Japan for use in supporting the areas affected by the torrential rains in Kyushu. After learning of the massive disaster in Kyushu, JHA called for donations through a crowd-funding and other means with the campaign “Hand in Hand with Japan, Rebuild Kyushu” for a month until August 5, and received a large donation from 1,474 individuals with messages such as "Hang in there, Japan! " "For the people of Kyushu". Around ninety percent of the donations came from Hong Kong. The members were introduced to AAR by a Japanese friend, as the most reliable NGO.

 

Ms. Tanaka(centre) and Ms. Chan(left) receive a certificate of appreciation from Mr. Horie (11 July 2020)
Ms. Tanaka(centre) and Ms. Chan(left) receive a certificate of appreciation from Mr. Horie (11 August 2020)

8.05.2020

“SOS! Refugee Camps Need Your Help” Protecting the World’s Refugees and Displaced Persons Public Call for “Save with Art” Poster Design Your Art May Be a Catalyst for Social Change

International NGO Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) (President: OSA Yukie) is calling for poster designs for the purpose of educating refugees and displaced persons in regions where AAR operates about the dangers of the 2019 novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which is currently raging across the world, as well as means of preventing infection and spread of COVID-19.

*Information is current as of July 31, 2020. Details may change in accordance with changes in the social situation, so please refer to our website for updates.


Wishing you can see your loved ones soon.
Wishing their lives are saved.
Wishing the world is filled with a lot of smiles.
work example by KAGII Yasuhide
Told “Don’t Come near Me” Just upon Their Faces Being Seen...

The refugee settlements in Africa’s Kenya and Uganda where many people who have evacuated from South Sudan are concentrated in appalling sanitary conditions; Bangladesh, which has become the place of refuge for Myanmar refugees; and the refugees and displaced persons from Syria who have escaped from Syria to its border with Turkey. The Turkish government is adopting successive COVID-19 countermeasures such as restricting people from going outside, but most of the information is provided in Turkish. No consideration is paid towards the Arabic-speaking Syrians. At the refugee settlements in Uganda where AAR is active some people have been told “don’t come near me” by teachers just for putting their heads out of the window.

We want to provide even a little amount of information about COVID-19 countermeasures to the refugees and evacuees in positions of weakness. This is something the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has to do straight away. And it was with this in mind that we have started to solicit posters. We are waiting for your ideas. We obviously welcome all donations, too. I truly hope that we can rely on your kind cooperation.  YANASE Fusako (Chairperson, AAR Japan)

1. Application Guidelines
(1) Eligibility
Individuals or groups anywhere in the world (irrespective of age or region) who agree with the objectives of this project.
(2) Artwork theme
Poster artworks that promote understanding of the dangers of the COVID-19 and preventing infection and spread of COVID-19.
(3) Artwork rules
Although there are no restrictions on poster size, use of text, or creation methods, please be sure to comply with the submission method stated below.
(4) Submission Method
Poster artworks are to be submitted online.

(5) Awards and Special Cash Prizes
Best Poster Award                   3 posters (Special cash prize: 300,000yen each)
Outstanding Poster Award    10 posters (Special cash prize: 100,000yen each)
Honorable Mention       20 posters (Special cash prize:   50,000yen each)
Encouragement Award    100 posters (Special cash prize: small amounts will be awarded)

2. Schedule
(1) Application Period
August 1, 2020 (Sat.) – October 3, 2020 (Sat.)
(2) Selection Period
Announcement of selection results: Late-October
(3) Awards Ceremony
   TBD
(4) Exhibition Period in regions where AAR Japan operates
   TBD


3. Judges  
The poster artwork will be appraised by the following judges. (honorifics omitted.)

UEDA Keiko (Writer,Stage Director, Takarazuka Revue) 
KOBAYASHI Yasuo (Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
   (contemporary  philosophy,formative culture studies))
ONUKI Yasuhide (ex-Director General of Europe)
SATO Kashiwa (Creative director)
Vu Dang Khoi (Physician; former Vietnamese refugee)
YO Shomei (Artist, picture book author)
YANASE Fusako (Chairperson, AAR Japan) 

4.       Hosted 

International NGO Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)

5Supported by

      Support 21 Social Welfare Foundation

6.  Sponsored by

 Rolex (Japan) Limited

7. Inquiries

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)
7F Mizuho Building, 2-12-2 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo 141-0021
Contact Person: YOSHIZAWA Yuki,TAKAGI Takumi

         Toll free number: 0120-786-746
              
Tel: 03-5423-4511
  Fax:03-5423-4450
              10:00-18:00 (from Mondays to Saturdays) (Closed Sundays and public holidays)
               Email: aar_art@aarjapan.gr.jp


You might become infected without realizing,” “Wear a mask and wash your hands.” The AAR staff members are conducting a study group for local people. (Meheba former refugee resettlement area, Zambia)




Since April 2020, through its offices in Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Uganda, Kenya and Zambia, AAR has been making emergency responses by pursuing the distribution of sanitary goods and food, along with hygiene education and the provision of information to refugees and households with members with disabilities. AAR also implements support within Japan.
See our activity reports on COVID-19