Situation in Afghanistan and Safety of Local Partner Officials

According to news reports, the Taliban has rapidly expanded its control area in Afghanistan and has taken over almost the entire country. It is reported that many civilians have been killed and injured, and we are heartbroken. In the eastern province of Nangarhar, we partnered with Your Voice Organization (YVO), a local NGO, to support local educational activities. Although our activities ended in May this year, YVO’s activities have continued since then and we have kept in touch with YVO and continue to be interested in the situation in Afghanistan. We have been in contact with the YVO staff and have started to understand the situation. According to YVO in…

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Activities and Status Report During the Corona Pandemic

[Original (March 26, 2021); Translated by K. Adachi/A. Taguchi] JVC runs supplementary classes for the children of refugees who lost the opportunity for education in Kaduqli, South Kordofan State of Sudan. Kaduqli is a region that has experienced conflicts for a long time and the importance of education is being emphasized in order to build a society that does not rely on violence. This year, we constructed multiple school buildings and donated desks and chairs. Considering the risk of infection from the new coronavirus, elementary schools in Kaduqli are currently dispersing the students for each grade level. We will continue to collaborate with the Ministry of Education and related parties…

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Completion of Country Programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq

Thank you for your continued support of JVC. Please be advised that our country programs in Cambodia, Thailand, Afghanistan, and Iraq will be completed by the end of fiscal year 2020 (March 2021). Last year, JVC celebrated its 40th anniversary. We took this as an opportunity to discuss our course of action for the future; along with considering new developments, we also reviewed the state of our current activities. This discussion led us to the decision to cease activities in the four countries listed above. Since the establishment of our organization in 1980, our activities in Cambodia and Thailand have produced results in various fields, beginning with refugee support and…

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Announcement of the reopening of the JVC Tokyo office from June 8th

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, we have temporarily closed our Tokyo office until May 31st. On May 25th, the Japanese Government lifted the emergency declaration and the number of newly infected persons has been decreasing. Considering these situations, we have decided to reopen our office from June 8th by combining it with our remote working system. You can make donations and shop on our website as usual, but it may take time for the following procedures due to the limited manpower: Dispatching of documents or goods from JVC such as the issuance of receipt and materials. Response to postal mail or FAX to JVC such as…

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Announcement of the temporary closure of the JVC Tokyo office and our action against COVID-19

In view of the widespread COVID-19 infections, we have decided to act as follows (as of April 2, 2020): Staff duty In order to secure the safety of our staff members, we will close the Tokyo office from April 6 to May 6, 2020. We will continue our work at home and take advantage of online meetings. We ask for your kind understanding and cooperation on this matter. You can still make donations and shop on our website as usual, but it may take some time for the following procedures: Dispatching of documents or goods from JVC such as the issuance of receipt and materials. Response to postal mail or…

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Event Report: The Pyongyang we Witnessed. Let’s Share Ideas about it with Journalist Jun HORI (October 11, 2019)

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern (November 19, 2019); Translated by T. Yamauchi/J. Sparks] After finishing the internship on public relations in March 2019, I came back to JVC as a part-timer. I am pleased to have an opportunity to write a blog on JVC again. Today, I will report on the event The Pyongyang we Witnessed. Let’s Share Ideas about it with Journalist Jun HORI, which was held on October 11, 2019. In this event, JVC invited journalist Jun Hori, who attended the Japan-North Korea Exchange Program for two consecutive years. He reported his findings on his visits to Pyongyang, and the participants discussed the importance of…

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Notice about the Typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis)

We sincerely express our deep sympathy for those who were affected by the giant typhoon No. 19 (Hagibis). While we are collecting information about the damage, we currently do not have plans to conduct any relief actions based on JVC’s criteria for emergency assistance in Japan. If you are willing to volunteer for or donate to any assistance activities for those affected by this typhoon, we recommend you to visit the website of Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC), a network of NGOs to which JVC is also affiliated. It gives you information about the emergency assistance provided by various Japanese NGOs, guidelines for the evacuation in case of…

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Event Report: A meeting held to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the United Nations Decade of Family Farming

[Original by Risa FUJII, 2018 Public Relations Intern (March 14, 2019); Translated by M. Kanai] Good afternoon. My name is Fujii. I am a JVC’s public relations intern for fiscal year 2018. Today, I would like to report on a meeting which was held on February 18, 2019 to discuss the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas and the UN Decade of Family Farming 2019-2028 in a venue set in the Diet Members’ Office Building. The meeting was attended by farmers, academics/researchers, government officials, and civic groups. Let me briefly explain the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People…

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The photographer of the Year for the 2020 JVC Calendar has been chosen!

[Original by Kei ITO, Secretariat of the Calendar Project (May 21, 2019); Translated by Y. Nakamura/S. Altman] Hello, I am Kei Ito, the secretariat of the calendar project. JVC has been selling the JVC calendar for international cooperation every year. The 2019 JVC Calendar marked the 30th anniversary of our calendars. So, starting afresh, we are now in the middle of making next year’s calendar. We have received a lot of feedback from supporters saying that they are looking forward to seeing JVC’s calendar every year (thank you so much!). I would like to inform you of the outline of next year’s calendar, its production process, interesting bits of related…

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