5.11.2015

Nepal: Emergency Assistance to Earthquake Survivors - We Distributed Relief Supplies to Tasarpu, a Mountain Village

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)’s emergency response team has been working on the ground since April 29th to support the victims of the large earthquake which occurred in Nepal on April 25th.  On May 9th, we distributed relief supplies in Tasarpu village of the mountainous Dhading District.  Natsuki MATSUMOTO reports.

Distributed supplies in a steep mountain region where rice is much needed

At the end of a steep mountain path, is the village of Tasarpu.  Even though this village had been greatly affected by the quakes with 90% of the houses badly damaged, they had received rice from the government only once, and no other aid group had yet reached the area.  AAR Japan spoke with the district government, and decided to distribute relief supplies to all of the households.  On May 9th, in the first wave of distribution, food and basic necessities were distributed to 389 households in three of the village wards.  We will distribute supplies in the remaining six wards.

May 9th Distribution Details

Location: 1st, 5th, and 7th wards of Tasarpu Village, Dhading District
Number of Households: 389 households
Distributed Items:
[Food] two weeks supply of rice, dal beans, salt, cooking oil, condiments (masala, turmeric)
[Household Items] a bucket, two mosquito nets, a floor mat


Ms. Bindo Lama (age 23), who received the supplies from AAR Japan’s Chiaki FURUKAWA (left), told us with a smile that “More than anything, we are grateful for the rice.”

4.28.2015

8 Million People Affected: AAR Japans Responds to the Earthquake in Nepal

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), with its headquarters in Tokyo, sends its emergency response team to Nepal on April 28th from Narita.

The team, led by Noriyasu OKAYAMA, who speaks Nepali and has vast experience working in Nepal, is scheduled to arrive at Kathmandu airport on the following day.

The powerful earthquake has killed more than 3,300 people and affected 8 million people (*source: UNOCHA 2015/4/27), leaving the stricken area in shortage of everything from water, food, blanket, medication, sanitation, shelter.

The AAR team will immediately start needs assessment on arrival and will start relief operation.

Your support is highly appreciated to support the people in Nepal.

AAR Japan Emergency Response Team 



Noriyasu OKAYAMA

After working in Nepal, OKAYAMA has been running AAR Japan Vientiane program since June 2004. He engaged in emergency assistance during Typhoon Haiyan in the Philipines (2013), and flood response in Cambodia and in Myanmar.


Fukuro KAKIZAWA

KAKIZAWA has been in charge of Afghanistan and Pakistan operations at AAR Japan Tokyo Headquarters since May 2013. he was also engaged in emergency response fro Vanuatu Cyclone Pam (2015) and Haiyan in the Philippines (2013).




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4.26.2015

Nepal: AAR Japan Dispatches Emergency Relief Team to Nepal

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), with its headquarters in Tokyo, dispatches its emergency response team to Nepal to help earthquake victims.

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 struck approximately 80 km northwest of the capital Kathmandu, Nepal, at around 12:00 (local time) on April 25. According to AFPBB News, more than 2,000 people died and many buildings were destroyed. A major aftershock hit the area on 26 April. The toll is expected to rise.

Please support our earthquake relief in Nepal. We would appreciate every donation.

Donations
Please click here for online donation through Paypal
Please click here for online donation via credit card and using convenience stores. (in Japanese)

Donating at the Japan Post Office
Account Number: 00100-9-600
Account Name: Nanmin wo Tasukerukai (難民を助ける会)
Please write down “Nepal” and specify if you need a receipt.

Latest news is available at Twitter and mail magazine.
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4.24.2015

From Soma Onward; Working Together for Disaster Risk Reduction

The “Disaster Risk Reduction Event in Soma” was held on March 15th and 16th, 2015.  Held concurrently with the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) (March 14th to 18th) the event was charged with the purpose of learning from experiences of the Soma region in Fukushima Prefecture during the Great Eastern Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster.  Additionally, the event served as a platform to disseminate disaster prevention and risk reduction strategies developed during the past four years of recovery. Takumi TAKAGI, in charge of Fukushima operations at the AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief, Japan) Tokyo Headquarters, reports.

Complete with impressions and folk music, the concert produced constant laughter

On the first day, folk musician Naoyuki HARADA and entertainer Nekohachi EDOYA teamed up to put on the “Disaster Area Relief Concert”.   Nekohachi EDOYA kicked it off with the story, “It All Beings With Health”.  Complete with impressions of animal’s cries, he reminded the audience of the importance of laughter. He began with his signature Japanese bush warbler (uguisu) impression, and kept the audience howling with laughter throughout his frog, chicken, and cat impressions. His act finished with a chance for audience participation - everyone came together in unity to form a grand choir of sheep imitations.

 “Disaster Area Relief Concert” performers Naoyuki HARADA and Nekohachi EDOYA (March 15th, 2015)

3.31.2015

Vanuatu/ Cyclone Pam: Distributing Clean Clothes and Kitchen Goods

“We are wearing scavenged clothes”

AAR Japan is engaged in emergency relief activities in Vanuatu, a South Pacific island country, which was struck by Cyclone Pam from March 13th to 14th, 2015. The cyclone devastated Vanuatu, a sprawling country of 83 islands and approximately 230,000 people. The storm affected around 166,000 people who are in need of some form of humanitarian assistance.

AAR Japan dispatched Fukuro KAKIZAWA to Vanuatu on March 18th, 2015. He assessed the extent of damage on Tanna Island, which suffered severe damage, and Efate Island, where Port Vila, the capital city, is located. AAR Japan distributed clothes and kitchen goods in villages on the east side of Efate Island following coordination meetings with other humanitarian agencies from all over the world, including the United Nations. The other agencies had not yet reached these villages despite the scale of damage.

A mother and daughter living in Takara Village receive a bag full of clothes. Clean clothes were not available for two weeks in the aftermath of the cyclone. Fukuro KAKIZAWA of AAR Japan. (Right) (March 26th, 2015)

Afghanistan: From One Woman to Another – The Future of Mine Risk Education

In Afghanistan, with prolonged security instability, at least 40 people a month still fall victims of mines and UXOs. In an effort to help people protect themselves from the risk of landmines, AAR Japan started conducting Mine Risk Education in 2002 to educate people about what mines and UXOs look like and what to do when they find them. In 2005, AAR Japan introduced the "mobile cinema lecture" which contained internally developed short films to be shown as part of the Mine Risk Education. After watching the film, AAR Japan’s local staff provides explanation about different types of mines and their risks using posters and other materials. With limited entertainment in the country, this lecture, a rare opportunity to see a "film", has been very popular. In the beginning, however, women did not participate in the lectures simply because they were taught by male lecturers. Afghan cultural custom does not allow for adult women to be in the same room as men other than their family members.

Mobile cinema lecture for women (April 23rd, 2014)

3.23.2015

Cyclone Pam: Catastrophic Damage on Farm Products on the Self-Sufficient Vanuatu Island

AAR Japan, with their headquarters located in Tokyo, is conducting a damage assessment brought by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu. In Vanuatu, agriculture is the main source of livelihood, hence people's lives are largely self-sufficient. Since Cyclone Pam wreaked most of the agricultural land, an emergency assistance is urgently needed to resume agriculture.

Tanna Island suffered severe damage by Cyclone Pam. The picture captures a collapsed concrete building. (Tanna Island, Vanuatu, March 21st, 2015)