NYK Provides Free Transport of Safe Water for Children
November 6, 2013
Water being unloaded in Siem Reap
The NYK Group is providing free transport of safe drinking water to Cambodia as part of the Tenku no Mori Project being conducted by the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ).*
In the province of Siem Reap in northwestern Cambodia, rainwater and murky well water are occasionally used for drinking water and medical purposes because clean water facilities have not been completed. This situation often leads to the spread of diarrhea and infection. To address these concerns, the Tenku no Mori Project has begun sending safe water to this area for the children. This project is being conducted in cooperation with Toyama Kankyo Seibi, an environmental management company based in Japan’s Toyama prefecture, and 1.5 million bottles of drinking water will be sent to four government hospitals and 15 Terakoya (CLC: Community Learning Center)** over the next three years. At the same time, the project will support the improvement of the water supply by building a sewage disposal facility.
In the first transport of water in the project, a container filled with drinking water was loaded onto an NYK-operated containership, and in September 2013 the vessel departed from the port of Toyama. After arriving at the port of Phnom Penh in Cambodia on October 18, the drinking water was delivered overland to Siem Reap, arriving on November 3.
NYK will continue to support the transport of drinking water through this project and work positively as a good corporate citizen on activities that contribute to our society.
*National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan (NFUAJ)
An association that operates under the UNESCO charter and conducts activities to foster peace-loving individuals who desire to preserve and understand the cultures of others.
**Terakoya (CLC: Community Learning Center)
Private literacy classes that were actively operated during the Edo period (1603–1867) in Japan. Anybody could attend, regardless of social status, and nationwide expansion of these classes contributed to a high literacy rate in Japan even before the introduction of the modern education system. Wishing to share the message that the foundation for national development is education of people at the grass roots level, the NFUAJ named this non-formal education program the “World Terakoya Movement.”
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