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Levi Strauss Foundation Advised Fund of JCIE

FY2000

AIDS Education and Prevention

•Japan AIDS & Society Association (JASA)

Amount Granted: 1,000,000JPY

To sponsor various events and issues an information magazine. Opening HIV/AIDS Hub Station to the public, an activity base for outreaches, where information can be provided through books and PCs in the library within the Station. Accepting consultations and inquiries regarding AIDS from a broad perspective, providing information on issues such as lifestyle and employment for people with HIV/AIDS (PWHA), and strengthening the network between NGOs, hospitals, and other organizations related to HIV/AIDS.

•MASH Osaka (Men and Sexual Health, Osaka)

Amount Granted: 1,000,000JPY

MASH Osaka is organized by cooperation among members of Gay community in Osaka (Doyama), researchers, NGO members, and Osaka Prefectual /Municipal officials. Developing HIV/AIDS prevention activities with the cooperation of healthcare experts, and by having close connection activities with the Doyama community, the project is developing and implementing effective HIV/AIDS prevention programs for MSM in the area. Creating a basic model for a prevention program including program design, implementation, and a method for evaluation. MASH's model will be applied to activities for MSM in other regions, and other targeted populations in Japan.

•HIV Network Okinawa

Amount Granted: 1,000,000JPY

Actively developing visual AIDS preventive education /awareness throughout Okinawa, through media including music, theater, news, and newspapers. Giving AIDS educational speeches and charity concerts, issuing AIDS related organizational magazines, and campaigns on streets for young people.

•CRIATIVOS-Center for Reference and Support on HIV/AIDS

Amount Granted: 1,000,000JPY

To provide support for Latin Americans in Japan who are HIV positive or AIDS patients through counseling both in person and telephone in their native languages. Also, sending translators to accompany patients to hospitals, organizing study groups with HIV/AIDS professionals and assisting patients in returning to their native countries.

Social Justice

•House for Women Saalaa

Amount granted: 1,000,000 JPY

To operate an emergency shelter for foreign women living in Japan who are suffering from indentured servitude, forced prostitution, domestic violence and divorce issues, etc. Providing support in the form of shelter, food and clothing, and counseling in their native languages, and assistance in regaining independence and returning to their countries. Through such continued support, helping foreign women and their children living in Japan have safe and healthy lives.

•Clothesline Project Japan

Amount granted: 1,000,000JPY

To have women who experienced domestic violence paint their appeal to society on T-shirts, which are then exhibited to raise public awareness on domestic violence.

•Self-Support Services

Amount granted: 500,000 JPY

To create manuals targeted for drug addicts and their families, with accurate information on substances, addiction, and recovery. Distribution of the manuals to related organizations.

•ASIAN PEOPLE'S FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY (APFS)

Amount granted: 1,000,000 JPY

To provide counseling for foreign residents on employment, health care, and lifestyle. Protecting and improving the rights of unregistered foreign residents in Japan who overstayed their visas. Supporting the acquisition of "special permission for residence" by foreigners and their families in Japan.

•National Network In Solidarity with Migrant Workers

Amount granted: 600,000 JPY

To issue an English newsletter "Migrant Network News " for the empowerment of migrant workers by providing information about Japanese laws, policies and customs. In 2001, plans to issue four extra newsletters dealing with special topics like health care, education, grants, problems in corporate training programs, etc.

•Shimin Forum21 • NPO Centre

Amount granted: 2,000,000 JPY

To open and manage "NPO Plaza Sakae", a space for community activities and socialization that can be used for a low fee. Supporting the start of nonprofit activities by migrant workers. Holding Internet and PC classes for improving skills of migrant workers.

•Citizen's Network for Japanese-Filipino Children

Amount granted: 800,000 JPY

To help Japanese-Filipino Children by searching for fathers, negotiating educational fees and recognition, providing legal assistance for naturalization, etc.

•NPO Training and Resource Center

Amount granted: 2,000,000 JPY

To train coordinators who will be able to start a community restaurant which, in the future, will provide financial independence through employment for disenfranchised people such as the mentally challenged, women trying to leave shelters, and foreign residents. To be a model of NPO's community business for citizens in local communities.

•Bazaar Cafe Project

Amount granted: 1,000,000 JPY

To run the Cafe which 1) employs the marginalized people to promote their financial independence; 2) run day-care programs for disabled people in a room inside the Cafe, and educates the care staff; 3) accepts student interns specializing in social welfare and trainees from overseas; 4) provides a place for idea exchanges and encounters among people engaged in citizens' activities.

Youth Empowerment

•Children's Express Tokyo Bureau

Amount granted: 2,000,000 JPY

To place articles by children to adult dominated media, through the Tokyo bureau of the international NGO "Children's Express" (CE: headquartered in Washington D.C.), scheduled to be established in January 2001. Grant will be used primarily to employ a professional editor in order to improve the quality of articles submitted by Japanese children. The editor will advise children on interviewing, writing and editing techniques, and establish relationships with various media both inside and outside of the country for distribution of articles.

•Free Space "Tamariba"

Amount Granted: 1,000,000JPY

To manage and operate the free space* "Tamariba," for children who refuse to go to school, foreigners and disabled people with the objective of regaining self-esteem and confidence in a relaxed environment. Implementing counseling activities through telephone, fax and E-mail, care and support for adolescents, programs in which children are the main organizers and participants, outdoors activities such as nature walks, etc.

*free space is a place for children and adolescents where they themselves plan and carry out programs, events, etc., in a less rigid environment than schools.

•Karasuyama Playpark Group

Amount Granted: 500,000JPY

To manage Playpark and placing recreation equipment on empty grounds which are regularly open to the public. Preparing and expanding facilities for children's growth by the overall community through local cooperative events at Playpark, implementation of study groups and public relations.

•Mutual Aid "Ren" for Mental and Physical Development of Children

Amounts Granted: 1,000,000 JPY

Professional training of Developmental Supporter staff, who are volunteer university and graduate students in psychology who assist the education and socialization of children who refuse to go to school, who have learning disabilities, and who have autism.

•Africa Global Link Project (AGLP) JAPAN

Amount Granted: 1,500,000JPY

To implement the Africa Global Link Project, in which high schools in Kenya, Ghana and Japan organize Africa Global Link Project (AGLP) Clubs, link networks with one another, and research issues that can applied in the areas of commerce, industry and agriculture in both Japan and Africa. Holding the "International Exchange Program" every summer and in with the 2001 international research presentations scheduled to be held in Ghana.