Supporting People in Tsunami Affected Area-- the second batch of volunteer arrived in Japan (September 2013)

September 2013

“We are colleagues and at the same time coworkers. We grow together through our mutual interactions, and through this we have become partners that will bring growth to the world.”  *

Japan's Prinister Shinzo Abe, explained the relationship inbetween Japan and African countries in his welcome speech at 5th Tokyo International Coference on African Develpment (TICAD) on June 1, 2013.

*Quote from Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet website

So the partnership of Japan and African countries is again reaffirmed at TICAD 5, Japan Overseas Cooperative Association (JOCA) implements  "JOCA-African Union Commission Volunteer Collaboration Programme".

After welcoming the second batch of 7 African youth volunteers, JOCA starts the second programme to support recovery of disaster affected area of The Great East Japan Earthquake occurred on March 11 2011.

The participants of this programme, 7 African volunteers are the former member of African Uion Youth Volunteer Corps (AU-YVC) and have experiences in volunteering in Africa. 

members photo
7 members of 2nd batch of this programme 


They arrived in Japan from September 21 to 22. After the orientation in Tokyo, they moved to Tono-city, Iwate prefecture for Japanese language training. During the training, they learn such as Japanese social studies, Tohoku region and disaster affected area to get enough information for volunteering in Japan.

After the training, they are deployed to the places, such as supporting centre for temporary housing in Miyagi prefecture, study room for school students, non-profit organisation in tsunami affected area, together with Japanese former volunteers in overseas, they support recovery from the disaster and local revatalisation till the end of November 2013.


Related Links 

"The Africa that Joins in Partnership with Japan is Brighter Still" Address by H.E. Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, at the Opening Session of the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) (Prime Minister of Japan and His Cabinet website)



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