Priority Field of Our Activities
Emergency Assistance
Support for Persons with Disabilities
Mine/UXO Action
Action against Infectious Diseases
Awareness Raising

Assistance to Persons with Disabilities

AAR Japan has dedicated its support to persons with disabilities (PWDs), who are often pushed into the most vulnerable position, ever since its establishment.
Through the activities to improve economic, psychological, and social self-reliance of PWDs, AAR Japan envisions a society, in which PWDs fully and equally participate regardless of disability and all people support each other, in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Activities

Educational support

Inclusive education is the ability of all children, regardless of disability, race, or language, to recieve education that is supportive and individualized to their needs and abilities. AAR Japan currently implements inclusive education in Cambodia, Tajikistan and Haiti.

Creating an Supportive Learning Environment

After adding a slope to the school stairway, Saloon can use the wheelchair to go to school. His friends help him push the wheelchair (November 2013 Kandal Province, Cambodia)

To support children with wheelchairs go to school, AAR Japan added slopes to the stairs and buit a wheelchair friendly bathroom. Furthermore, AAR Japan provides tailored support to children with disabilities such as glasses for children with weak eyesight and charis for children who has to write with their feet.

Training Teachers: Creating a Structure to Meet the Needs of Children

A local organization supporting children with intellectual disabilities conducts training to teachers. Participants listen intensely to the lecturer (August 2016, Port-au-Prince)

Children with intellectual disabilities are unable to reach their full intellectual potential if teachers do not have the ability and methodology to teach them. AAR Japan conducts training of teachers and other school administrators.

Ending Discrimination and Stigma of People with Disabilities: Working Together with the Community

Students interested in studying special needs helps children with disabilities in their studies. At special needs events, students now plan their own events. (December 2015 Dushanbe, Tajikistan)

Stigma and discrimination towards PWD are deeply rooted in some regions and cultures. Sometimes disabilities are seen as a result of evil deeds in their past lives; and some believe that PWDs cannot do anything. In these areas, PWDs themselves, as well as their families and school administrators, believe that nothing can be done about the education of PWDs. AAR Japan strongly calls on the community at local events, teacher training sessions, and home visits that by using creativity, PWDs can learn and work, and have the right to pursue education and employment.

Vocational Training

Vocational Training: Using Creativity to Foster Vocational Skills

Trainees learning to use scissors. As some graduates of the vocational training center become trainers, trainees can have a vision and hope of their future selves.

AAR Japan has been operating a vocational training center in Myanmar. AAR provides technical training to PWDs to help them gain hairdressing, sewing, or computer skills. To ease their work, AAR creates course that is tailored to their culture and attributes. For example, in Myanmar, trainees learn to sew tailor-made clothing, which is part of their culture. Many graduates are sucessfully employed or begin their own business.

Earning Income through Training

If PWDs cannot find work in their village, they can find a way to earn income at home. AAR Japan staff Yosaku OSHIRO together with a family that began culturing crickets, taking the first step to become self-sufficient. (May 24th, 2016)

In Laos, PWDs created their own group, and to generate income for their activities, began cultivating plants and animals such as mushrooms, catfish and crickets. Beginning with a small investment, PWDs can now earn an income without heavy physical labor.

Social Support

Tailored Support

Lin Lei Hay Mahn Ko (L) in a chair that allows her to sit comfortably. She is pleased with her chair as she can now study without any discomfort (March 2013 Yangon, Myanmar)

In Myanmar, there are children that cannot go to school or community rehabilitation centers because of the level of their disability or their family economic situation. AAR Japan conducts house visits for assessment of the child’s disability and living environment, and finds a way to support that is tailored to the child.
Lin Lei Hay Mahn Ko (age 11), who has cerebral palsy, cannot move the right side of her body. After conducting an assessment, AAR Japan worked with a local carpenter to build a support chair that fits here body and does not deteriorate her physical disability. In Laos, AAR Japan has supported the operation of a wheelchair workshop in cooperation with Lao government, where AAR Japan works to manufacture wheelchairs that are suited to the life needs and body type of each PWD. The workshop proactively employs and trains PWDs as technical experts and staff. By providing mobility devices, AAR Japan aims to enable PWDs to participate more actively in society.
In Cambodia, AAR Japan has supported the local NGO which manufactures and distributes wheelchairs to PWDs.

Emergency Assistance

Leaving No One Behind

Ms.Ma Tin San who used to crawl with her arms to move, can now go even go out on rough and dirt streets with her new wheelchair (October 2015, Yangon Myanmar)

In Myanmar, continual rainfall from July 2015 caused massive flooding. At least 117 people lost their lives, 380 thousand households were forced to evacuate, bring the total number of people affected to 1.63miliion (Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement). AAR Japan, in cooperation with MILI, a local organization, provided emergency aid essentials such as water, food, daily life commodities, and crutches to 1,200 households with PWDs in 10 areas such as Rahkine state and Yangon. MILI, an organization of PWDs promoting independent living, were able to accurately assess the needs of PWDs.

Supporting PWDs Escaping Conflict

"I don’t leave the house because I get embarrassed when people see me being carried" said Yusef (Age13). After receiving a wheelchair, he is excited to move by himself (March 2013 Hatay, Turkey)

As the 2011 civil war in Syria prolong, refugees continue to flee to neighboring countries. Among the reugees are PWDs, who were unable to bring assissting tools/braces/machines. AAR Japan assess their need and provides wheelchairs and crutches to ensure that their stay in a foreign land is a bit less difficult.

Participating in international and national conferences

AAR Japan Overseas staff Satomi Mukai presenting AAR Cambodia project at CBR Congress (October 9th, 2016)

AAR Japan participates in regional conferences on the rights of PWD and international conferences that promote self-sufficiency, to share project experiences and advocacy. In September 2016, at the 2nd Community-based Rehabilitation Congress (CBR) convened in Malaysia, AAR Japan presented on Cambodian project.

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