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.

Receiving a letter of gratitude from JOICFP for long-term support.

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)

FY2017
800
FY2016
900
FY2015
900
FY2014
1,800
FY2013
2,250
FY2012
2,010
FY2011
1,480
FY2010
2,670
FY2009
2,550
FY2008
2,300
FY2007
2,500
FY2006
2,608
FY2005
2,281
FY2004
2,075
FY2003
2,775
FY2002
2,850
FY2001
3,075
FY2000
2,150
Total 37,974

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)

FY2017
12,965
FY2016
16,725
FY2015
15,780
FY2014
18,704
FY2013
19,068
FY2012
16,722
FY2011
16,362
FY2010
14,855
FY2009
11,670
FY2008
10,127
FY2007
11,031
FY2006
6,282
FY2005
13,680
FY2004
5,200
Total 189,171

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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