Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan)

Association for Aid and Relief, Japan(AAR Japan) is a Non-Governmental Organization ( NGO ) aiming to provide emergency assistance, assistance to people with disabilities, and mine action, among other operations. It was established in 1979 as an organization with no political, ideological, or religious affiliation. AAR currently has offices in 10 countries.
Jul 1, 2013

Thank you for all your support!

Beneficiary with solar panel to open his salon
Beneficiary with solar panel to open his salon

People living in Lira, in the northern region of Uganda, have been severely affected by landmines and UXOs which were scattered all over the area throughout the civil war that lasted for the past 20 years. Many people were severely injured, and had to have their legs and/or arms amputated.

As we have reported in the last three reports, AAR Japan, in cooperation with ULSA (Uganda Landmine Survivors Association), had been supporting 30 victims financially by providing start-up kits for those willing to take up a business on their own. Also, AAR Japan had been providing medical support to 15 victims, who need prosthetic limbs or physical rehabilitation in order to move around freely again.

AAR Japan and ULSA had completed this project and we are now considering to start the new victims assistance project at the different area of Uganda. We will do our best to keep helping people in Uganda. We very much appreciate all your help so far and donations afforded through GlobalGiving. Thank you for your time. 

Beneficiary referred to hospital for rehab
Beneficiary referred to hospital for rehab
Jun 3, 2013

Voice of the student supported: Violet

Violet(age.16), a 9th grade student
Violet(age.16), a 9th grade student

AAR Japan has been supporting schooling of HIV/AIDS orphans in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. The following report introduces one of the orphans we support.

Violet (age.16) is a 9th grade student at Flying Angels Community School in Ng'ombe Compound located in the north of Lusaka. She lost her father soon after her birth and her mother also passed away when she was 6. Since then she has been raised by her grandmother Petronella who gave her much loving attention. However, the living of two was not too easy to let Violet attend school since Petronella herself has lost her husband years ago and has to earn living utterly by herself. AAR Japan therefore has been supporting Violet's school fee and expenses for school materials.

Violet is always full of carefree and bright smile. Pessimism and pity are hard to be found in her expression despite her loss of parents. She believes and declares that her happy life owes much to her grandmother Petronella, who has showered her with lots of love. "I was very young when I lost my parents and didn't realize what was going on. Now I know that I have been able to live happily because my grandmother was always there for me", Violet said.

Violet's favorite subjects are English and Environmental Science. She is very fluent in English and capable of articulating her thoughts in the language, which is not very easy for other students. In the coming October, she is going up for the National Exam, which is very important for student in Zambia since its result will determine whether one can advance to high school or not. She showed nervousness toward the exam although she is a brilliant student and once got a top score in her class due to her strong wish to continue education. Her dream is to be a journalist and she explains why; "Violence against women and vulnerable people is a serious problem in this country. I want to be a famous journalist in order to convey this problem to many people." The school fee of Violet is covered by AAR's income-generating activities of chicken rearing and maize milling, and also by your contribution.

Petronella, Violet
Petronella, Violet's grandmother
Flying Angels Community School in Ng
Flying Angels Community School in Ng'ombe Compound
May 30, 2013

Protect Children's Health with Safe Water

Children receiving water at Minato Nursery School
Children receiving water at Minato Nursery School

Water is essential for life, and Japan has been proud of its abundance in water. However, after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, shortage of safe water is threatening the well-being of young children in Fukushima. The following report describes AAR’s current effort to protect health of children by providing bottled water to nurseries and kindergartens in Fukushima Prefecture. 

After the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, radiation exposure has been a serious concern for everyone living in the affected area including young children who are thought to experience larger impact by radiation. Mothers are always worried about what their children consume at home and outside. Although food comes to many people’s mind as a primary source of radiation exposure, water, not only for drinking but also for cooking, is also a critical one.

In the most part of Fukushima Prefecture, water for daily use was not something people are accustomed to paying for. Instead they used to use tap water for drinking and cooking without worry before the nuclear power plant accident. When concern about the radiation contamination in tap water arose, nurseries and kindergartens were suddenly forced to find a way to procure safe water. At any nurseries and kindergartens, plenty of water is used every day for drinking, cooking lunch and snack for children and preparing milk for infants. However, many facilities did not have a separate budget for water purchase and no extra budget was available especially in the aftermath of the earthquake - people were facing a lot of unexpected expenses. There were some nursery school staff who bought safe bottled water for children at their own expenses and some nurseries had children to bring bottled water from home. Some teachers told us that they really wished to let children drink safe water as much as they want when they are thirsty, which they took for granted for ages.

In response to this wish, AAR Japan has been providing safe bottled water to 9 nurseries and kindergartens in Soma, Minami Soma and Date City in Fukushima Prefecture. The total amount delivered reached 16,480 litters so far. It was a great pleasure for us to see children happily drinking water and more unforgettable was the facility staff’s relieved expression. They told us that although they sometimes received time-to-time water donation, they had always been anxious since the donation was not guaranteed to continue. Water is simply essential for daily living, and the fear of running out of it is horrifying. 

AAR Japan has also been supporting Yotsuba Nursery School through providing fruits for children’s lunch. Due to the concern on the radiation contamination in locally produced food, the nursery school has tried to purchase food items produced outside Fukushima Prefecture, but as they were costlier than the locally produced, this option was not financially sustainable. Hence AAR Japan decided to deliver fruits that are produced outside Fukushima Prefecture in response to the request from the nursery. Children are now able to enjoy seasonal, nutritious and safe fresh fruits for lunch. Meanwhile, this support could have more meaning - maintaining balanced diet and good eating habit at an early stage of life has a huge impact on children’s growth and future physical health. Children are eating not only for today, but also for their future.  

AAR Japan will continue the support through provision of water and fruits to nurseries and kindergartens. Let us help children and mothers in Fukushima Prefecture to maintain good health through safe water and balanced diet. 

Thank you letter from Minato Nursery School
Thank you letter from Minato Nursery School
Children enjoying fruits at Yotsuba Nursery School
Children enjoying fruits at Yotsuba Nursery School
Children enjoying fruits at Yotsuba Nursery School
Children enjoying fruits at Yotsuba Nursery School

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