Oct 16, 2020

Supporting the operation of welfare facilities for persons with disabilities

"Thank you for your help." (May 22, 2020)
"Thank you for your help." (May 22, 2020)

 

 

AAR Japan continues to distribute hygiene products such as masks, rubber gloves, disinfectant, disposable gloves, and other items to welfare facilities for persons with disabilities and hospitals in Japan.   

We are supporting them to continue their operations while taking measures against the COVID-19. Also, we are providing the information and communication equipment necessary for staff to telework and implement online meetings.  

'No one's life can’t be lost'  

We delivered masks, rubber gloves, and other items to Kyosaren (Nakano-Ku, Tokyo), a national organization of welfare facilities for people with disabilities in various regions. These supplies are being distributed to member offices in Hokkaido and the Tokyo metropolitan area through Kyosaren. A representative from Kyosaren said, "Although sales of masks in stores have gradually started, welfare facilities for the PWD are still struggling to secure enough masks. Each office is working hard every day with a sense of urgency and continues to provide support. Because we believe that everyone should have a place to go and all lives are equally valuable.  

Fukushi Hiroba(Welfare Square), which provides intervention to children with disabilities in Kyoto, had not enough disinfectant with more than 70% alcohol, which is essential to prevent infections among children who require medical care. Therefore, we provided highly concentrated disinfectant gel alcohol, masks, and disposable gloves. In addition to being used within the office, we also distributed them to the parents of children attending the facility. One of the staff members in charge said, "We were able to receive a large quantity of highly concentrated disinfectant, which was very helpful. We use them at the treatment and education sites, but we also ask them to use them at home since they spend a lot of time at home. we were very happy to receive the products. We hope that the COVID-19 crisis will be brought to an end soon.    

 

Exceeded expectations in terms of requests to install telecommunications equipment and services  

In addition to hygiene products, we provided wireless LAN equipment to the "Nagano Colony," a welfare facility in Nagano Prefecture so that staff can work from home. We also shared information on how to communicate if COVID-19 infection occurs at the facility.  

Our survey of more than 70 disability-related organizations revealed that in addition to hygiene products, there were many requests for information and communication equipment and services to be introduced. Some people with hearing impairments spend their days in anxiety because of reduced opportunities for face-to-face communication due to restrictions on going out. To enable these people to communicate with each other through sign language, and to meet the need for cameras for web conferencing due to the increase in the number of employees working at home, we are currently providing support for the introduction of these types of equipment and services to 14 disability-related organizations and facilities.     

 

To prepare for the second and third waves of pandemic  

Many people with disabilities are concerned about underlying health conditions, so hygiene products to prevent infections will continue to be needed in places where people with disabilities live in groups. Also, due to the effects of COVID-19, the number of jobs at workplaces where people with disabilities work has decreased, and in some places, it has become difficult to pay wages. That can also have a negative impact on their mental and physical health.  

We will continue to support welfare facilities for people with disabilities so that they can continue to operate while reducing the risk of infection. We would like to ask for your continued support.  

   

  

 
 

We provided masks, etcto "WorkSupport Shinonoi"
We provided masks, etcto "WorkSupport Shinonoi"
communication equipment provided to Nagano Colony
communication equipment provided to Nagano Colony
Jun 29, 2020

Supporting families with children with disabilities in Myanmar.

We have distributed food packages(Yangon,May 2020)
We have distributed food packages(Yangon,May 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.

AAR Japan 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 on 8th of May 2020. AAR Myanmar Office's staff took measures to prevent the spread of infection, such as wearing a mask while delivering these food packages in Yangon.

Distributing food for families facing severe economic difficulties

We have been providing rehabilitation and educational assistance for children with disabilities since 2001. In this emergency assistance, we distributed relief items to families with children with disabilities and those who became critically economically disadvantaged or aren’t in the scope of governmental aid.

Many of the families we support make their living from day labor at construction sites or small family businesses. However, due to the suspension and restriction of businesses and outings issued as COVID-19 preventive measures by the government, some have lost his/her jobs or incomes, and some even have struggled to put food on the table. In response to that, AAR conducted emergency food distribution on May 8th and 9th, delivering packages which contain rice, chickpeas, and eggs to 15 families. 

We will continue our emergency food distributions. We kindly ask for your warm support. Thank you.

AAR local staff handing the food package
AAR local staff handing the food package
Jun 29, 2020

Distributing relief items and sending out info.

We are distributing emergency assistance items
We are distributing emergency assistance items

In Pakistan, 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.

 

Persons with disabilities (PWDs) can be in unique risks under the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, those who are visually impaired identify things by touching them, but touching contaminated surfaces carries a risk of infection. Persons with intellectual disabilities may have difficulty understanding information on how to prevent infection when the information isn’t accessible to them, and persons with physical disabilities can’t take physical distance with their carers to prevent infection risks.

 

Currently, we are distributing not only sanitary items such as masks, soaps, and hand sanitizers but also groceries such as 20kg of wheat and milk in the area of local schools we support. Many of the recipients are economically disadvantaged even before the pandemic, but they are now in a further severe situation because of the outing restrictions issued by the government.    

Hygiene items (hand sanitizers, soaps, masks and disposable gloves, etc.) and food items (oil, salt, sugar, etc.) were inspected and packaged for distribution by AAR staff.

AAR staff are also giving hygiene instructions, showing the correct way to wash hands and telling how to make hand sanitizers when they visit each house to distribute the relief items. We believe that it is essential to give not only relief items but also reliable information and psychosocial support.

 

Being forced to stay home all day can be stressful and it is concerning that domestic violence and child abuse may increase. Some of the children have difficulties adapting to a new environment under this pandemic could behave differently. They may cling to their parents more than usual or may wet their beds. If parents aren’t informed that these are responses caused by the change of lifestyle and how they can deal with the situations, they might tell off the children, raise their voice or even give physical punishmentwhich can be traumatizing for children.

 

World Health Organization (WHO) has created leaflets that tell effective ways to cope with the stress. Seiji Konno, AAR staff qualified as a Psychiatric Social Worker (PSW) took part in the project planning and decided to distribute the leaflet written in Urdu after discussing with WHO Pakistan office.

 

To support as many people as possible

In Pakistan, as of April 23rd, we had delivered relief items to 56 families. We will continue the distribution up to 60 families in total, mainly for families with children with disabilities and orphans. We are also planning to distribute items to other people who are in need, cooperating with education and health authorities in Haripur District.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection, and to support as many people as possible, we kindly ask for your warm support and cooperation.

Hygiene and food items distributed by AAR staffs
Hygiene and food items distributed by AAR staffs
The leaflet we give out (created by WHO).
The leaflet we give out (created by WHO).
 
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