NPOs give needy hope for future

| Dec 22, 2011

NPOs give needy hope for future

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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 (NICCO), ...

Fund helps NPOs extend help to asylum-seekers

| Dec 28, 2010

Fund helps NPOs extend help to asylum-seekers

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Nonprofit organizations that support refugees say the number of asylum-seekers coming to Japan this year is likely to reach 1,000 for the third year in a row. Ever since the government adopted stricter criteria for providing financial support to asylum-seekers awaiting screening last spring, more ...

JIVC lending hand in exploited Laos

| Dec 25, 2010

JIVC lending hand in exploited Laos

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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 of support from ...

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

| Dec 21, 2009

Refugees struggle to survive funding cuts

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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 gets 15 ...

Group teaching Afghan women literacy, IT skills

| Dec 20, 2009

Group teaching Afghan women literacy, IT skills

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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 in Herat ...

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

| Dec 19, 2009

Charity keeps Manila kids afloat

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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 take ...

NPO 'builds hope' for kids in rural Cambodia

| Dec 18, 2009

NPO 'builds hope' for kids in rural Cambodia

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Second in a series Based on the principle that "building schools is building hope," Amatak House of Cambodia is providing opportunities for children to get an education in the impoverished country. Since 1995, the Tokyo-based nonprofit organization has built 15 schools in rural areas where infrastructure ...