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Levi Strauss Foundation Advised Fund of JCIE

FY2002

Levi Strauss & Co. has long been recognized for its extremely active corporate philanthropy program, which provides support not only for various causes in the United States, but also in countries worldwide where it has offices and factories. In 1997, Levi Strauss & Co. joined forces with JCIE to create one of the first donor advised funds in Japan. The fund is aimed at promoting community efforts to generate positive change in Japanese society.

In keeping with the donor's priorities, FY2002 grants were offered in three areas: HIV/AIDS prevention, social justice, and youth empowerment. A total of 129 applications were received, and 21 organizations divided the ¥20 million ($169,400) fund as described below.

FY2002 Grantmaking Information

HIV/AIDS Prevention
Name of GranteeGrant Amount
K Lounge (Tokyo)¥1 million
Kawaguchi Children's Network (Saitama)¥370,000
SHARE (Services for the Health in Asian & African Regions, Tokyo)¥1 million
Urban Health Projects (Osaka)¥700,000
CHARM (Center for Health and Rights of Migrants, Osaka)¥1.8 million
JANAC (Japan Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, Kanagawa)¥500,000
MASH Tokyo (Men and Sexual Health, Tokyo)¥930,000
Social Justice
APARI (Asia-Pacific Addiction Research Institute, Tokyo)¥1 million
Center for Education and Support for Women, Japan (Tokyo) ¥1 million
Center for Prisoners' Rights Japan (Kanagawa)¥550,000
Child Assault Prevention Center Japan (Hyogo)¥1 million
Clothesline Project Japan (Saitama)¥1 million
Filipino Migrants' Center (Aichi)¥1 million
Food Bank Japan (Tokyo)¥1 million
Japan Association for Refugees (Tokyo)¥2 million
National Network in Solidarity with Migrant Workers (Tokyo)¥600,000
Youth Empowerment
Africa Global Link Project (Kanagawa)¥1 million
Fukuoka Toubu Kodomo Gekijo (East Fukuoka Children's Theater Center, Fukuoka)¥650,000
Kyoto Volunteer Center for Students (Kyoto)¥650,000
Mutual Aid "Ren" for Mental and Physical Development of Children (Tokyo)¥1.4 million
Volunavi Club (Hokkaido)¥850,000

FY2002 Grant Descriptions

HIV/AIDS Prevention

•K Lounge, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To support an outreach project called "NOOK." Conducted by K Lounge, a peer group of people with HIV/AIDS (PWHA), this is an effort to reach out to the general public by having members go outside the hospital and talk about their experiences, inviting the participation of school nurses, doctors, students, and others.

•Kawaguchi Children's Network, Saitama

Grant Amount: ¥370,000

To organize an "AIDS Child Summit" that would gather young people involved in AIDS awareness and prevention programs in various regions.

•SHARE (Services for the Health in Asian & African Regions), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To develop an effective AIDS prevention program targeted at Japanese junior and senior high school students, using methods devised by SHARE for conducting AIDS prevention workshops in Thailand.

•Urban Health Projects, Osaka

Grant Amount: ¥700,000

To develop an effective HIV/AIDS prevention/awareness program targeted at teenagers in a particular area of Osaka where youngsters are known to gather.

•CHARM (Center for Health and Rights of Migrants), Osaka

Grant Amount: ¥1.8 million

To operate a center offering information and counseling on HIV/AIDS and on health care for migrants and foreign residents vulnerable to the epidemic.

•JANAC (Japan Association of Nurses in AIDS Care), Kanagawa

Grant Amount: ¥500,000

To create a handbook for nurses to enable them to provide appropriate advice and information to people with HIV/AIDS as they undergo a long-term struggle with the epidemic.

•MASH Tokyo (Men and Sexual Health), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥930,000

To implement an HIV/STD prevention and awareness program for young men who have sex with men in the metropolis of Tokyo.

Social Justice

• APARI (Asia-Pacific Addiction Research Institute), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To implement a drug-free training program for criminal defendants on bail to support their recovery and re-acceptance into society and prevent them from relapsing and returning to crime.

•Center for Education and Support for Women, Japan, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To provide training for nurses coming in contact with sexually assaulted victims in order to promote more appropriate treatment of the cases.

•Center for Prisoners' Rights Japan, Kanagawa

Grant Amount: ¥550,000

To prevent the violation of prisoners' human rights by providing legal counseling through correspondence.

•Child Assault Prevention Center Japan, Hyogo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To hold workshops and form guidelines on the prevention of violence and protection of children's rights at institutions housing abused children.

•Clothesline Project Japan, Saitama

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To hold workshops on domestic violence (DV) for the general public, train volunteers, exhibit T-shirts drawn by female DV victims, and build a cross-sectoral partnership for a more comprehensive awareness-raising program on DV in Saitama.

•Filipino Migrants' Center, Aichi

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To train leaders and social workers involved in community improvement, operate an income-generating internet cafe, and offer vocational training in computer skills to facilitate employment for the Filipino community in Nagoya.

•Food Bank Japan, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To provide agricultural training for the homeless in an effort to provide them with economic and social independence.

•Japan Association for Refugees, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To offer legal and social assistance to refugees facing emergencies in Japan, where those holding refugee status are a minority and there is little transparency around their legal standing.

•National Network in Solidarity with Migrant Workers, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥600,000

To strengthen the editorial organization and enrich the content of the monthly English newsletter, "Migrant Network News," for the empowerment of migrant workers and foreign residents in Japan.

Youth Empowerment

•Africa Global Link Project, Kanagawa

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To hold a joint academic session in Japan between Japanese and African senior high school students specializing in commerce, agriculture, and engineering. The event is held each summer, alternating between Japan and Africa, and focusing on a fixed theme each year.

•Fukuoka Toubu Kodomo Gekijo (East Fukuoka Children's Theater Center), Fukuoka

Grant Amount: ¥650,000

To operate a private classroom with young instructors as a place for learning and play for school dropouts in the primary and secondary school age groups.

•Kyoto Volunteer Center for Students, Kyoto

Grant Amount: ¥650,000

To develop a coordinator training program led by university students who will promote volunteer activities among their peers. This will serve as a model program for university students throughout Japan.

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

Grant Amount: ¥1.4 million

To provide professional training of Developmental Supporter (DS) staff, or volunteer university and graduate students in psychology to assist in the education and socialization of children who refuse to go to school, have learning disabilities, or have autism.

•Volunavi Club, Hokkaido

Grant Amount: ¥850,000

To coordinate the needs of senior high school students wishing to do volunteer work and those NPOs caring for the aged and the disabled that are willing to take on such volunteers.