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Levi Strauss Foundation Advised Fund of JCIE

FY2003

In 2002, the 50th anniversary of the Levi Strauss Foundation, new grant guidelines were set forth, resulting in three new funding categories aimed at supporting community efforts to generate positive change in society. As a complement to the three grant areas, one or two additional grants are awarded to help build the capacity of organizations whose activities fall under the three areas.

Note: This fund supports nonprofit organizations in Japan only. For information on the Levi Strauss Foundation's grantmaking programs in other countries, please visit their website.

FY2003 Grantmaking Information

Application Period: October 1, 2002–March 19, 2003
Total Applications Received: 160
Number of Grants Made: 15
Total Amount Awarded: ¥20 million (approx. $165,000)

Name of GranteeGrant Amount
Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS
Japan AIDS & Society Association (Tokyo)¥2 million
The Organizing Committee for the AIDS Forum in Yokohama (Kanagawa Prefecture)¥300,000
Tohoku HIV Communications, (Miyagi Prefecture)¥500,000
OurPlanet-TV (Tokyo)¥2 million
Japan HIV Center (Tokyo)¥1 million
Positive Cafe Noce (Nagano Prefecture)¥500,000
Achieving Economic Independence
Women's Network Saya-Saya (Tokyo)¥2 million
Kanagawa Women's Space Ms LA (Kanagawa Prefecture) ¥2 million
Youth Support Center (Tokyo)¥1.6 million
Genki Hyakubai Network (Osaka Prefecture)¥1.5 million
Ensuring Access to Education
Torcida (Osaka Prefecture)¥500,000
The Bigakko Association (Miyagi Prefecture) ¥1 million
Schools Online Japan (Osaka Prefecture)¥1.6 million
Capacity Building
Clothesline Project Japan (Saitama Prefecture)¥2 million
Center for Prisoners' Rights (Tokyo)¥1.5 million

FY2003 Grant Descriptions

Preventing the Spread of HIV/AIDS

•Japan AIDS & Society Association (JASA), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To disseminate important HIV/AIDS-related reports and statements issued by international institutions, such as the United Nations, and international conferences, that could have an impact on Japan's public policy on HIV/AIDS. The materials will be translated into Japanese and made available on JASA's website and through its newsletters. This project draws on the specialized knowledge and the networks of JASA, an umbrella organization for NGOs involved in HIV/AIDS issues, and will help to enhance policymaking on the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS.

•The Organizing Committee for the AIDS Forum in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥300,000

To implement the 10th AIDS Forum in Yokohama. This annual forum serves as a venue for network building among NGOs involved in HIV/AIDS issues and for promoting public awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention. The 2003 forum will be held in August and will feature 80 events and activities on the theme of "Youth," which will be carried out by approximately 40 HIV/AIDS-related NGOs over a period of three days.

•Tohoku HIV Communications (THC), Miyagi Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥500,000

To develop a model for cooperating with municipal and educational institutions in the area of HIV/AIDS education and awareness and to train teachers and medical professionals around the Tohoku region to teach about HIV/AIDS prevention. The model will be based on THC's extensive experience in carrying out HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness programs in collaboration with the Sendai City government and local junior high schools.

•OurPlanet-TV, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To promote the production of visual works by youths on the theme of safer sex and HIV/AIDS through a visual media (i.e., video format, graphic art, photography) contest. The winning pieces will be distributed to educational institutions as teaching materials for HIV/AIDS preventive education and also will be made available online to promote HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness.

•Japan HIV Center (JHC), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To implement the Young Sharing Program (YSP) in various regions of Japan. YSP seeks to heighten knowledge about HIV/AIDS prevention by having young people share their thoughts and views with each other on sex and HIV/AIDS. This project will develop methodologies for extending YSP to youths who previously have not had the chance to take part in the program, such as those with mental and physical disabilities and those who speak other languages or who come from other cultures. In addition, a needs assessment will be conducted.

•Positive Cafe Noce, Nagano Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥500,000

To carry out HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness activities for youths in cooperation with local medical and educational institutions. Positive Cafe Noce, located in Karuizawa, Nagano, serves as a center for distributing information about HIV/AIDS and for shaping HIV/AIDS policy in the region. This project will use the cafe as a venue for people with HIV/AIDS (PWHA) to share and exchange opinions about HIV/AIDS with others. It also will enlighten youths about HIV/AIDS and prevention through school visits by PWHA.

Achieving Economic Independence

• Women's Network Saya-Saya, Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To help battered women increase their employment potential and achieve financial independence. This project will offer job training at companies and at a restaurant set up specifically to support battered women. In addition, former victims of violence will teach various professional courses that provide training in such occupations as beauty therapy, aromatherapy, and counseling on domestic violence.

•Kanagawa Women's Space Ms LA, Kanagawa Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To operate a specialized shelter that will help mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence gain economic independence. A medium-term shelter, or "step house," will be established to provide focused support over a period of about half a year to mothers and children who are victims of domestic violence or who are living in poverty. The support will be directed toward helping them to gain both emotional and social independence, in addition to economic independence.

•Youth Support Center (YSC), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1.6 million

To expand the Community Uncle Project (CUP), aimed at youths with futoukou (psychologically based refusal to attend school) or hikikomori (withdrawal from society) syndromes. CUP opens up employment opportunities for futoukou and hikikomori youths through job training and apprenticeships at local businesses. Aimed at spreading CUP nationwide, this project will produce a CUP administration manual and conduct courses around the country to train people to serve as liaisons between these youths and businesses.

•Genki Hyakubai Network, Osaka Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥1.5 million

To strengthen follow-up support for once-homeless people and to circulate information that will help them to avoid becoming homeless again. This project will analyze cases derived from follow-up surveys, identify the social resources that these individuals need to maintain economic independence (i.e., support facilities, employment information, etc.), and distribute the information to homeless people through the publication and circulation of a free newspaper.

Ensuring Access to Education

•Torcida, Osaka Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥500,000

To offer lectures on international understanding conducted by Japanese-Brazilian youths for local citizens. This project targets Japanese-Brazilian youths in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, faced with low hopes for the future as a result of having dropped out of school. It seeks to help these youths to build their self-esteem by having them research and study their roots and culture and thereby reflect on their identity. The youths then make a presentation to local citizens in a lecture setting, giving them an opportunity to interact with the local community.

•The Bigakko Association, Miyagi Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥1 million

To explore how children with intellectual and mental disabilities can engage in society through art by promoting various art activities for such children in the Tohoku region. In this project, art workshops will be held regularly in venues such as public facilities and mobile art studios to engage these children in arts and crafts activities with others in the local community.

•Schools Online Japan, Osaka Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥1.6 million

To carry out IT education aimed at heightening the future prospects of futoukou youths (children with a psychologically based refusal to attend school) and students of ethnic schools, who do not receive IT education as part of their curriculum. With the cooperation of IT professionals from companies, the project will set up a course to equip these children with specialized IT knowledge and skills. It also will provide them with the opportunity to explore how they can apply these skills and knowledge in their future careers.

Capacity Building

•Clothesline Project Japan, Saitama Prefecture

Grant Amount: ¥2 million

To strengthen the organization's ability to make policy recommendations toward upcoming revisions to the Domestic Violence (DV) Law and subsequent policymaking. This grantee will collect information on concrete trends in the DV Law revision process and how administrative bodies in each region are formulating their respective policies based on the revisions, and post the information on a dedicated website in a timely nature. This organization has been carrying out advocacy efforts in the field of domestic violence since the DV Prevention Law was established.

•Center for Prisoners' Rights (CPR), Tokyo

Grant Amount: ¥1.5 million

To employ professional staff who can help strengthen the center's capacity to offer counseling to prison convicts and develop policy recommendations. As one of very few NGOs engaged in human rights issues of prisoners, this grantee has for many years provided counseling to prisoners and their families through written correspondence. Recently, it also has been making policy recommendations regarding the management and operation of prison facilities based on objective analyses of the current situation.