With a firm belief that education is the key to develop abilities to create and enjoy a brighter future, the goal of our activities is to increase the number of children who can receive education.Their spirit of mutual support and warm heart challenge us to rethink about our own privileged lives.By working together, we believe that we can create a truly rich, global society.
TPAK: Background and Activities
In 1991, three Yokohama citizens visited an orphanage in Ayuttaya, Thailand and became aware of the situation of hill tribe people in Thailand, and felt the urgent need for international cooperation. They founded TPAK upon their return to Japan.
Since then, TPAK has been promoting sponsorship of the hill tribe children and poor children living in rural Thailand in order to enable them to attend school, with the cooperation of the Department of Primary Education of the Ministry of Education of Thailand. TPAK is also providing support for disabled children and conducting other charitable activities.
Our support is focused on approx.200 primary and junior high schools in northern and northeast Thailand (such as Bahn Mae-toh), female self-help groups in rural areas, and Wat Sra Kaew orphanage in Ayuttaya, which is the largest orphanage in the world.
TPAK has also started education support projects and,Hygiene & Nutrition improvement, provide scholarships to about 50 students every year mainly to hill tribe children in the mountain areas. As of 2001,
TPAK has also started education support projects and water supply assistance 33 projects for ethnic minority children in Shan State and we implemented Hygiene & Nutrition improvement and emergency & reconstruction assistance, after Nar Git storm at orphanage in Yangon, Myanmar,
And as of 2005, a health education project at public elementary schools in Chamoli, and Adolescent girls’ self-sufficiency support, Nutrition improvement, Woman Safety Net Project in Vikasnagar, Uttarakhand State, India.
TPAK activities have continued to focus on supporting minority children and adolescent youths throughout Asia. We also invite the hill tribes’children to Japan and dispatch Japanese youths to Thailand, and organize friendship activities with Thai students in Japan.
For Japanese youths, we promote a volunteer intern system for developing international cooperation, study tour visits to mountain and rural areas of Thailand, Myanmar twice a year in March and August. Many of those participants later become international cooperation volunteers.
Domestically, we conduct disaster relief and rehabilitation project for the Great Kobe Earthquake 1995, the Chuetsu(Niigata) Earthquake 2004 and the Eastern Japan Great Earthquake Disaster, 2011
Outline of Terra People ACT Kanagawa
|Name of Organization||Terra People ACT Kanagawa (TPAK)|
|Type of Organization||Japanese Government Specified Nonprofit Corporation|
|Address||3-1-203, Honmokuhara, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan 231-0821|
|Chairperson||Ms Machiko Chikada|
|Telephone & Fax||81-45-622-9661|
Contact Form: Click Here
http://www.tpak.org/ <- Japanease
|Number of members||700 supporters(from 10 to 90 years old, approx. same ratio of male to female)|
Annual Subscription: 6,000yen
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
- Title of the Project:
Establishment of Prevention Programs with Safety Net against Gender-based Violence in High-Poverty Rural Settlements
(short title: Woman Safety Net Project)
- Background and Necessity of the Project
TPAK has been conducting the activities of hygiene, health and development of human resources for children and adolescent girls in the targeted area since 2005. Through our activities, it was discovered that Indian women still face major difficulties such as ingrained discrimination, dowry death, domestic violence and rape. The areas are extremely poor villages where scheduled tribes and scheduled castes live. Women suffer from domestic violence due to the frustrations of poverty and the heavy drinking of male family members but they are not allowed to speak of domestic matters to anyone so they are traumatized and experience considerable fear and anxiety.
By women's efforts alone, it is impossible to change this situation within the community to allow women to live without fear. It is important to involve peer educators and male village chiefs from the previous project, and to improve the awareness of gender-based violence prevention of the entire community through the joint cooperation of both men and women in order to establish a Safety Net in each village.
- Project Purpose: Village Safety Net Group in 10 targeted villages to prevent gender-based violence becoming functional.
- Targeted Area: 10 rural villages of Vikasnagar Block, Dehradun District, State of Uttarakhand, the Republic of India
- Targeted group: Approximately 5,000 young women, their families, village men and the entire community
- Project Duration: April 2014 to March 2019 (5 years)
- Drop in Centre (DIC) is arranged and becomes functional.
- Safety Net Group is formed in each village.
- Voluntary activities are being carried out by the Safety Net Group for the villagers.
- Awareness of gender issues in the entire community is improved.
1.1 Conduct human resource training
1.2 Arrange lodging facility of DIC
1.3 Establish a partnership with government personnel and experts in India.
1.4 Develop emergency procedures.
1.5 Disseminate DIC to village people through events etc.
1.6 Funds to run DIC after the project are planned.
2.1 The project staff and village leaders select members of Safety Net Group.
2.2 Conduct various training.
2.3 “Help Spot” is set up in each village.
2.4 Conduct human resource training for Safety Net Group members.
3.1 Carry out the Safety Net Group meetings periodically.
3.2 Make village-wide home visits/one to one meeting on a regular basis.
3.3 Regular meetings are held for village people.
3.4 Prepare gender-based violence awareness guidelines, which can be used after this project.
4.1 Paint project slogans on the walls of the major village places and display tin plates.
4.2 Conduct public relations activities to ensure awareness of gender equality in the areas.
4.3 Engage girls and boys of High Schools and Inter Colleges for gender equality by conducting Quiz, Poster competition and Rally.
SUMMARY OF THE PROJECT
- Title of the Project:
Junior High School Building Construction Project in Tharyarkhon Village, Myanmar
(short title: Tharyarkhon School Construction Project)
- Background and Necessity of the Project
TPAK has been conducting projects to promote basic and secondary education for children of Pa-O ethnic group in the targeted area since 2001. Pa-O is one of the 135 ethnic minority groups in Myanmar, and the target area lacks education infrastructure. To support self-reliant, sustainable community development, the projects have been conducted jointly with Village School Construction Committee (referred to below as Committee), a group consisting of village monk, village head, the elderly and young men. Committee plans and manages the project, and they also establish a village fund to which villagers contribute by selling vegetables that they had grown.
In 2010, TPAK constructed an elementary school building in Tharyarkhon Village in joint cooperation with the Committee, and elementary school enrollment rate is now 100%. However, lower secondary education enrollment rate has not risen due to long commute which dissuades parents that need children's help with farming and household chores. Also, the commute to school is not safe, for the children need to walk along the military road. The villagers of Tharyarkhon Village decided to building a junior high school in their village in hopes of providing better chance for children in their village and surrounding villages to receive lower secondary education.
However, by the villager's efforts alone, it will take nearly 10 years to build a school building with their annual family income of approximately JPY50,000. TPAK received request from Pa-O Autonomous Government to jointly construct a junior high school building in Tharyarkhon Village.
- Project Purpose: Constructing a single floor, junior high school building (size 18m X 9m) made of concrete block in Tharyarkhon Village to provide chance for children of the village and surround villages to receive lower secondary education.
- Targeted Area: Tharyarkhon Village and approximately 10 rural villages of South Shan State, the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
- Targeted group: Approximately 110 households in Tharyarkhon Village and approximately 900 households in the surrounding villages.
- Project Duration: April 2017 to March 2018 (1 year)
- Increase junior high school enrollment rate of surrounding villages to 100%
- Provide access to high quality, lower secondary education, as the school would be certified by the government and teachers educated in teaching schools would be sent by the central government.
- Secure a safe school-commute route for the students.
- Provide a safer and more suitable study environment.
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How to donate:
Credit card: http://www.tpak.org/wp/
Postal transfer: ００２８０－０－３７２３９
Bank transfer: Bank of Yokohama, saving account No.６０２８８４７
Account name: トクヒ）チキユウシミンアクトカナガワ
（tokuhi chikyu shimin act kanagawa）
※Your donation is subject to tax deduction.
※Maximum of 20% may be used for administrative expenses.
※For donation of JPY10,000 or more to School Construction Project, we will engrave your name on the school building.
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