An international cooperation NGO, active in 11 countries around the world
The JVC’s policy is to dedicate itself to dealing with the roots of a problem.
~ Our goal is not to give because something is insufficient, but to find a way to create and build together ~
~ Our ambition is not just to help those who have been hurt by strife, but to construct a path towards preventing war ~
【The JVC’s 4 activities】
1) Regional development for protecting people’s livelihoods
We conduct agricultural support and forest conservation activities to help improve life in villages, such as the farming villages in Cambodia, which have been subject to turbulent change, and Laos, where the declining forests have made securing food supplies difficult for villagers. We also conduct efforts to support HIV-positive patients, in regions such as South Africa – which is believed to have more HIV-positive people than any other country in the world. We also are conducting activities to promote exchange between young farmers so that farming communities in Thailand and Japan can learn from one another. Our efforts are about more than just transporting goods and constructing houses and buildings. We are working to help people in these regions make better use of their local resources and wisdom to improve their lives.
2) Humanitarian support/peace-building efforts for protecting lives
We conduct “peace and unity” themed workshops, emergency humanitarian support and regional medical support in areas impacted by conflict and war, such as South Sudan, Palestine, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq. Meanwhile, we have continued to hold children’s art exhibitions for children living in Japan, South Korea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(North Korea). We also continue to look for opportunities to promote peaceful unity in Northeast Asia.
3) Policy proposals for changing society
Class and wealth disparities, and conflict in developing nations, and circumstances arising from environmental destruction, are largely influenced by economic polices, as well as governmental policies regarding foreign aid and national security made by advanced nations(including Japan). The JVC uses the experience gained from its work to make policy proposals – in cooperation with local citizens in concerned regions, to the Japanese government(which conducts Official Development Assistance), and to corporations which conduct economic activities, so that aid and business efforts can be made towards bettering society and the environment. A major function of our organization is to not only provide support for people suffering from war and other difficult circumstances, but to endeavor to make local voices heard in policy proposals and advocate for ways to build a society that will prevent such conflict.
4) Domestic disaster relief efforts
How can we benefit Japan through the experience we’ve gained in our overseas activities? Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011 – which impacted Kesennuma in Miyagi Prefecture, and Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture, we have provided support for the various relief efforts conducted by local citizens.
|Name||Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC)|
|Establishment||Feb 27th, 1980|
|Address||6F Creative One Akihabara Bldg., 5-3-4 Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8605, JAPAN|