Transport Assistance:Transport Assistance for Bicycles and Backpacks
Since 2000, NYK has offered free transport to support the Overseas Reconditioned Bicycle Donation Program and School Backpack Supplies to School Children Program in Afghanistan and Cambodia by the JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning). The JOICFP is a non-government organization (NGO) that engages in international assistance activities promoting healthcare and improving people's quality of lives.
Major activities focus on population/family planning, maternal and child health, safe motherhood, health education, and environmental sanitation.
Overseas Reconditioned Bicycle Donation Program - Let's Donate Reconditioned Bicycles!
The Municipal Coordinating Committee for Overseas Bicycle Assistance (MCCOBA), organized by local municipalities and the JOICFP, collects and reconditions illegally-parked bicycles to donate to developing countries supported by JOICFP. In these developing countries, many roads are unpaved and health facilities are not accessible. The bicycles are donated to birth attendants, community health workers and doctors to help them better provide healthcare in their communities. The bicycles are referred to as "life-saving transportation" or "bicycle ambulance" and recognized as a symbol for activities aimed at protecting the lives and health of community residents.
Bicycle Transport (Number of Reconditioned Bicycles Transported)
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Used School Backpack Supplies to Children in Afghanistan - Let's Donate School Backpacks to Children in Afghanistan!
Many of school children in Afghanistan walk over ten kilometers one way along steep mountain paths in order to attend open-air schools. By carrying textbooks and notebooks in school backpacks, they can safely walk along dangerous mountain paths. Previously, the guardians considered their children as wage-workers; however, after observing children commuting to school with school backpacks, they began to become aware of the significance of education. School backpacks are now a symbol of the importance of basic education in Afghanistan.
Backpacks Transport (Number of Used School Backpacks Transported)
Preparing Backpacks for Afghanistan
Every year since 2008, NYK Group staff members join in the JOICFP's annual quality inspection and packaging event of more than 10,000 used school backpacks destined for Afghanistan and other countries.
One participant commented, "I was very impressed by the goodwill of so many from all over Japan who donated these used backpacks." Another participant added, "I am so happy to know that this will assist Afghan children in their studies."
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