Emergency Response

We seek out the most vulnerable and underserved in times of crisis. Earthquakes, floods, famines, hurricanes, and armed conflicts affect all, but not evenly. Persons with disabilities and diseases, the elderly, children, women, and the displaced are often the most vulnerable and difficult to reach. That’s why when we arrive at the site of a disaster, we first identify those with special needs, find out what they need most, and quickly deliver items and services that are essential to meet their specific needs.
We assist long-term recovery and empowerment. AAR Japan is among the first to arrive at the site of disaster and the last to leave. That is because we want to make sure people affected by the disaster have a means to rebuild their lives, not just to get by. Our efforts include teaching construction skills to locals in preparation for future disasters and building latrines and hygine promotion to prevent further epidemic outbreaks, all to build a better future for the entire community.
We strive to bring back smiles. Even under the most severe conditions, what people need is not just food, shelter, and medicine, but a good laugh and hope for the future. Our emergency response includes unorthodox but meaningful projects such as hosting juggling events for children under stress and delivering chocolates and fresh apples to those who had only been receiving dry foods.

Our Recent Emergency Assistance Efforts

Emergency Support to South Sudanese Refugees in Uganda (September 2016 – Present)

AAR Japan staff (Ryota HIRAMA) with refugee children comes to take a look at the newly built school.

AAR Japan staff (Ryota HIRAMA) with refugee children comes to take a look at the newly built school.

After the independence of South Sudan, the number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda decreased to 25,000. However, conflict in the capital city Juba in December 2013 left many South Sudanese fleeing back to Uganda, bringing the total number of refugees to 220,000. Then, a series of intensified clashes in June 2016, brought another 220,000 refugees to Uganda within a span of three months.
From August 7-20th 2016, AAR Japan conducted an needs assessment in Adjumani District, Yumbe District and Kiryandongo District, where many of the refugees have settled. In Bidibidi, a refugee settlement area in Yumbe District, AAR Japan found the area not only lacking in facilities such as shelter, water supply facility, medical facility, educational facility, but basics including food and daily living products. AAR Japan will support the construction of a primary school and distribute aid supplies.
Activity Reports from Uganda

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