NYK Provides More Free Transport of Bicycles and Backpacks
November 30, 2012
An expectant mother being assisted by a reconditioned bicycle
In November, NYK provided free ocean transport from Japan for 450 reconditioned bicycles as part of a program to provide bicycles to assist birth attendants, community health workers, and doctors in developing countries. This brings to 30,424 the total number of reconditioned bicycles that NYK has shipped for free since 2000 as part of this program.
The Municipal Coordinating Committee for Overseas Bicycle Assistance (MCCOBA), organized by local municipalities and the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP),* collects and reconditions abandoned bicycles and then donates them to healthcare providers in developing countries such as Afghanistan, Cambodia, and Sri Lanka. In these countries, many roads are unpaved and health facilities are not easily accessible.
Backpacks on children walking to school
In addition, free ocean transport was provided in June for 16,722 used school backpacks that were shipped to Afghanistan from Japan as part of a JOICFP program to provide Afghan children with needed school supplies. NYK has now borne the cost of the shipment of 105,929 school backpacks through this program since 2004.
The used school backpacks are collected from all over Japan, inspected and packed by volunteers, and then shipped by container. The port-to-port trip to Afghanistan takes about three weeks, and is followed by several weeks of trucking.
Afghan schoolchildren must often walk over 10 kilometers each 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 mountain paths that can often be rather dangerous. Moreover, before this program parents often saw their children solely as laborers. However, after their children began using these backpacks to commute long distances to school, parents began to become more aware of the desire and benefit of education. School backpacks are now a symbol among Afghans of the importance of basic education.
The NYK Group is proud of the partnership it has forged with JOICFP to provide a helping hand to those in need.
JOICFP is a Japan-based international NGO active in the field of
population, sexual and reproductive health and rights, including
family planning, maternal health and HIV/AIDS, where it works to
improve the health status of women, men and young people of the world.
Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha is one of the world's leading transportation companies. At the end of March 2012, the NYK Group was operating 838 major ocean vessels, as well as fleets of planes, trains, and trucks. The company's shipping fleet includes 354 bulk carriers, 129 containerships (including semi-containerships), 121 car carriers, 85 tankers, 56 wood-chip carriers, 28 LNG carriers, 19 heavy-load carriers / conventional ships, three cruise ships, and 43 other ships. NYK's revenue in fiscal 2011 was about $23 billion, and as a group NYK employs about 55,000 people worldwide. NYK is based in Tokyo and has regional headquarters in London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sydney, and Sao Paulo.
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