AAR Japan provides emergency assistance to refugees and victims of natural hazards. We also engage in reconstruction efforts, with an aim of building a stronger society than before the disaster.
Our Recent Emergency Assistance Efforts
In Response to the Flood in Cambodia
In the fall of 2011, Southeast Asia experienced above-average rainfall coupled with multiple typhoons, resulting in large-scale flood damage across the region. In Cambodia, the impact was reported at 247 deaths, 46,000 displaced households, and a total of 1,600,000 people (over 10% of the population) affected in some way. The water finally subsided by the end of 2011, but damages to crop fields, livestock and fishing equipment were vast in the disaster area. AAR Japan dispatched two staff members on November 5th until January 12th, 2012. They distributed food and daily necessities to about 3,000 households living in the northern area of TonlÃ© Sap Lake, where damages from the flood were especially big. We are continuing the restoration effort, through activities such as further distributions of vegetable seeds and farming tools.
Activity Reports from Cambodia
In Response to the Earthquake in Turkey
On October 23rd (local time), 2011, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake shook eastern Turkey, resulting in 640 deaths and over 4,000 people injured. AAR Japan sent in an emergency assistance team consisting of three members on October 26th, and distributed emergency relief items in Van Province where damages were especially big. On November 9th, 2011, an aftershock occurred in eastern Turkey, and caused the hotel that our staff members were staying in to collapse. One of our staff members, Atsushi MIYAZAKI, unfortunately passed away. We suspended our relief activities after this incident, but as the disaster area needed continued assistance to overcome the harsh winter season, we restarted our activities on December 14th.
Activity Reports from Turkey
In Response to the Drought in East Africa
In 2011, a drought said to be the worst in 60 years took place in eastern Africa (countries such as Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia were affected). Up to 13,000,000 people were said to be in need of assistance from this disaster. AAR Japan dispatched an emergency assistance team in August 2011 to Kenya, and distributed food and daily necessities to Garissa and Mwingi Provinces in the north eastern part of Kenya where the impact from the drought was especially severe.
Activity Reports from Kenya
In Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
We are implementing emergency relief activities for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake that took place on 2:46 PM on March 11th, 2011, as well as the subsequent massive tsunami. We dispatched an emergency assistance team on March 13th, and began distributing relief goods on the 14th.
We have continued our efforts after the emergency phase of the first few months, and are still today implementing such projects as reconstruction of social welfare facilities as well as physical and social support for people living in temporary housing complexes. Our main beneficiaries are persons with disabilities and the elderly who are more vulnerable than others at times of disasters. Our efforts also focus on areas where the government lacks the capacity to fulfill.
Activity Reports from Japan
In Response to the Flood in Pakistan
We have implemented emergency assistance to victims of the flood that resulted from heavy rainfall that continued from the end of July, 2010. The impact of the flood was about 2,000 deaths, and 17,000,000 people affected in some way. It recorded the biggest damage in the history of the country. A staff member entered the disaster area on August 6th, and three more staff members were dispatched from Tokyo as an emergency assistance team. We distributed relief goods and provided medical assistance in areas such as Nowshera District where the damages were severe. From December, 2010, we distributed daily necessities such as blankets and shawls for victims who had to face extremely cold temperatures in high altitude areas. We also helped primary schools reopen after their buildings and furniture were damaged by the flood.
Activity Reports from Pakistan
In Response to the Earthquake in Haiti
On January 12th (local time), 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake shook the Republic of Haiti in the Caribbean. The damages in the capital city of Port-au-Prince were catastrophic, and it is reported that about 310,000 were killed in a country with a population of 10,000,000, and about 3,000,000 were affected in some way.
AAR Japan dispatched an emergency assistance team of four staff members on January 25th. They procured relief goods such as food and water from the adjacent country of Dominican Republic, and distributed them in Port-au-Prince.
We are currently assisting people who tend to be left out of relief efforts, such as persons with disabilities, or children in a child protection center. At the child protection center, we are implementing medical assistance and preventative measures for cholera.
Activity Reports from Haiti
In Response to the Cyclone Giri in Myanmar
We distributed relief goods to about 6,000 households that were affected by the Cyclone Giri that attacked Myanmar in October, 2010.
Our activities were completed in March 2011. Thank you so much for your kind support.
Activity Reports from Myanmar (Burma)
In Response to the Indonesia Sumatra Earthquake
We distributed relief good such as food and daily necessities to the victims of the Indonesia Sumatra Earthquake that happened on September 30th, 2009.
Our activities were completed in February, 2010. Thank you so much for your kind support.
In Response to the Typhoon in the Philippines
We distributed relief goods such as food, daily necessities, and mattresses to victims of Typhoon No. 16 that attacked the Philippines on September 26th, 2009.
Our activities ended in August, 2010. Thank you so much for your kind support.