Emergency Response

AAR Japan implements assistance measures in six countries for the refugees who fled their countries due to conflicts or persecutions, for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and for the ex-refugees settled in the countries where they took refuge. AAR Japan also operates emergency response programme for those affected by natural disasters in Japan, including earthquakes, floods and hurricanes.

In times of conflict and disaster, AAR Japan has been providing emergency assistance to the refugees and to the victims, focusing on the most vulnerable population, including people with disabilities (PWDs), the elderly, and children.

AAR Japan assists long-term recovery and continues to deliver assistance to the residents in affected areas even after the emergency phase, giving hopes to those affected by disaster or conflict to live in a better environment than they did before.

Activities (in Japan)

Assistance for the victims of Typhoon No.19 (since October, 2019)

AAR Japan delivered relief supplies such as ethanol for disinfection and waterless shampoo to a welfare facility in an affected area with limited water supply. (Marumori town, Miyagi prefecture)

AAR Japan delivered relief supplies such as ethanol for disinfection and waterless shampoo to a welfare facility in an affected area with limited water supply. (Marumori town, Miyagi prefecture)

Typhoon No.19 (Hagibis) tore through Japan leaving widespread damage by the torrential rains in Shizuoka Prefecture, the Kanto-Koshin Region, and the Tohoku Region. AAR Japan has been checking the extent of the damage, providing hot meals and distributing relief supplies to the victims in the following five prefectures: Nagano, Tochigi, Ibaraki, Fukushima and Miyagi.

Emergency relief for the victims of Great East Japan Earthquake (since March, 2011)

AAR Japan supports gardening activities held in the open space at a temporary housing area. This support has led to interaction among local people through daily activities, giving them a chance to exercise daily. (Soma City, Fukushima prefecture)

AAR Japan supports gardening activities held in the open space at a temporary housing area. This support has led to interaction among local people through daily activities, giving them a chance to exercise daily. (Soma City, Fukushima prefecture)

AAR Japan has been giving assistance to the victims of Great East Japan earthquake occurred on March 11th, 2011, in various phases: emergency response, restoration and reconstruction. In collaboration with the social welfare council, the welfare facilities, the organizations for PWDs, and public sectors, AAR Japan works to provide a fast and flexible response based on the needs of victims of the disaster, in particular the elderly and PWDs, who tend to be the most vulnerable after a disaster and require long-term support.

Activities (abroad)

Assistance for the refugees from Myanmar (since November, 2017)

AAR staff members (center and left) are interviewing a refugee woman in Myanmar.

AAR staff members (center and left) are interviewing a refugee woman in Myanmar.

Since August 2017, when an armed group of Islamic militants started to engage in conflicts with Burmese security forces in the Lakhaine State of Myanmar, large numbers of refugees have fled into neighboring Bangladesh. There has been an influx of more than 680,000 refugees as of January, 2018, many of whom are forced to live in extremely harsh conditions day after day. On November 3rd, 2017, AAR Japan dispatched our emergence assistance team to Bangladesh and carried assessment in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, located in the southeastern part of Bangladesh. Based on the result, AAR Japan distributed 900 blankets and 900 hoodies to 450 households in collaboration with the local NGOs. Since then, AAR Japan operates a couple of relief activities in refugee camps with these NGOs.

AAR Japan has been building water-related hygiene facilities such as wells and latrines in congested areas to improve sanitation. We also implement awareness-raising sessions to protect the refugees from various infectious diseases. In addition, we having been setting up “Friendly Space” for protection and care of women and children, where they can feel safe and enjoy tranquil moments by taking part in a variety of activities.

Assistance for the refugees from South Sudan (since February 2014)

AAR staff member (left) is interviewing in a Refugee camp in Kenya.

AAR staff member (left) is interviewing in a Refugee camp in Kenya.

In South Sudan, tens of thousands of people have been dying as a result of the ongoing conflicts between supporters of the President and former Vice President. More than 260,000 people fled home, with approximately 1,100,000 of them crossing the border and fleeing into neighboring countries. As of August 2016, more than 50,000 refugees have fled into Kakuma refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. The internal conflict in Sudan is getting more and more aggressive, and the number of refugees is expected to rise. Since February 2014, AAR Japan has been actively involved in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, building a school, pediatric ward and water supply pipelines. Currently, AAR Japan is working on improving the secondary education inside the camp.

Assistance for the refugees in Afghanistan (since May 2011)

Student demonstrating how to properly wash hands to another student younger than herself in a school AAR Japan has been supporting. (Nowshera District, Pakistan)

Student demonstrating how to properly wash hands to another student younger than herself in a school AAR Japan has been supporting. (Nowshera District, Pakistan)

Approximately 1,600,000 refugees from Afghanistan live in Pakistan. From May 2011 to January 2016, AAR Japan implemented assistance measures for these Afghan refugees as well as for the residents in the Nowshera District in Pakistan where five refugee camps are located. AAR Japan has built wells for safe water, installed hand washing facilities and conducted sanitation awareness-raising activities. In addition, we renovated school buildings and installed a library and latrines in schools. At the present time, AAR Japan constructs and repairs sanitation facilities and offers health education in elementary schools in refugee camps in the Haripur District as well as in public elementary schools in Pakistan.

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