NPOs give needy hope for future

| Dec 22, 2011

NPOs give needy hope for future

by Mami Maruko

Many women and children in developing countries still have very few opportunities to receive an education and training, but Japanese nonprofit groups are working in nations such as Afghanistan and Cambodia to give them hope for the future. Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development ...

JIVC lending hand in exploited Laos

| Dec 25, 2010

JIVC lending hand in exploited Laos

by Minoru Matsutani

The fourth in a series Laos needs food supply support. The Japan International Volunteer Center, a nongovernmental organization providing humanitarian aid in developing countries, has been helping Laos to restore forests, find food sources and learn agriculture since 1989. The NGO, a regular recipient ...

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

| Dec 21, 2009

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

by Mariko Kato

Last in a series Since the government last May changed the way it distributes funds to asylum-seekers, nonprofit organizations have had to deal with an influx of callers in critical situations. The office of the Japan Association for Refugees in Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo, sometimes ...

Group teaching Afghan women literacy, IT skills

| Dec 20, 2009

Group teaching Afghan women literacy, IT skills

by Natsuko Fukue

Fourth in a series Nonprofit organization Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development, or NICCO, has been working to widen career opportunities for Afghan women by promoting literacy and information technology skills. Using ¥171,003 from The Japan Times Readers’ Fund, the Kyoto-based group offers women ...

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

| Dec 19, 2009

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

by Mariko Kato

When Typhoon Ketsana triggered the worst floods in 40 years in Manila and surrounding areas in September, among those who suffered most were the children living in the slums near Laguna Lake. “The water was higher than a person’s height. They say it will ...