Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project

The Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD) established the “Asian Deaf Friendship Fund” in 1996 as one of the projects to commemorate its 50th anniversary. Looking back on the history of the Deaf movement and the improvement of the lives of the Deaf in Japan and other advanced countries, it is evident that education played an extremely significant role in the development process. Therefore, the Asian Deaf Friendship Fund provided several support with the aim of helping to improve educational opportunities for the Deaf, with special focus on promoting education for Deaf children. The name was changed into “Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project” alongside JFD’s organizational transition in 2013.


Photo – Students receiving scholarships from the former Asian Deaf Friendship Fund

OBJECTIVES

In view of the insufficient development of Deaf education in Asia, the Japanese Federation of the Deaf (JFD) established the Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project to contribute toward the achievement of the goals set forth in the “Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons”. The Project will implement projects that will facilitate the improvement of Deaf education in Asian countries. Such projects are also aimed to raise awareness among the Japanese public regarding issues related to the Deaf and Deaf education.

FUND RAISING

The Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project is financed by regular contributions from donors (mainly the Deaf and sign language interpreters) who agree to support the objectives of this Project, and by funds collected through fund raising activities conducted by JFD and its affiliated Associations.

PROJECTS

The Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project will implement projects that will:

  1. offer financial assistance to cover the educational expenses of Deaf children who have difficulty receiving or completing their compulsory education due to poverty
  2. facilitate interchange of personnel among Deaf organizations in Asia and subsidize activity expenses
  3. raise awareness among the Japanese public regarding the actual situation of the Deaf and of Deaf education in Asian countries.


 
 
Photo – Asian Deaf Friendship Fund fliers and newsletters

IMPLEMENTATION METHOD

  1. JFD will entrust the actual implementation of the projects to the Deaf organization in each respective country as JFD’s counterpart.
  2. The project will offer scholarships to selected Deaf children to cover tuition, school lunches, and school supplies.
  3. JFD will offer, upon deliberation, the funds for the scholarships, office expenses and part of the personnel expenses required to implement the project.
  4. The counterpart organization will implement the project and report to back to JFD. The project will be monitored occasionally by JFD to check its effectiveness.

APPLICATION FOR FUNDING

  1. As a rule, the applicant must be a member organization of the World Federation of the Deaf, Regional Secretariat for Asia, or an deaf organization approved by a member organization.
  2. The maximum funds for a long-term project is JPY500,000, and for a single project JPY1,000,000. If the project budget should exceed the maximum funding amount, the applicant should give the reasons for the excess. These reasons will be taken into consideration.
  3. For financial support to Deaf schools, general information and data concerning the school should be attached to the application.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applications and proposals should provide the following information and should be submitted to the Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project, JFD. The applications will be considered and determined at the Project’s steering committee, which is held every quarter period. Additional materials may be requested at the time of determination.

  1. Name of the Deaf Organization, Representative and Address
  2. Outline of the proposed project
  3. Estimated budget for the proposed project

CONTACT ADDRESS

Asian Deaf Friendship Aid Project
c/o Japanese Federation of the Deaf
SK Bldg. 8F, 130 Yamabuki-cho, Shinjuku-ku,
Tokyo 162-0801, JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-3268-8847 (Japanese speaking only)
Fax: +81-3-3267-3445 (English / Japanese)
email: adff@jfd.or.jp

IMPLEMENTED PROJECTS

Fiscal Year Recipient Country Recipients Support Provided
FY 1999 Nepal Purwanchal School for the Deaf Provided funds to enlarge the Deaf School building
Thailand 12 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at Chiangmai School for the Deaf
FY 2000 Thailand 12 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
FY 2001 Nepal Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association (a branch of the Nepal Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Provided school bus needed to enable children to commute to the school
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
FY 2002 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association (a branch of the Nepal Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Scholarships
Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association (a branch of the Nepal Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Provided badminton sets for school children
Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association (a branch of the Nepal Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Provided PCs and surrounding equipment needed for communications
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
FY 2003 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf (a branch of the Nepal Federation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing) Scholarships
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarship
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
Pakistan Pakistan Association of the Deaf Subsidy for publication of sign language books for children
Myanmar   Provided funds to purchase a tricycle vehicle
FY 2004 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
FY 2005 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Provided construction fee for rain water drainage and land-leveling of the school playground
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
Myanmar Madalay School for the Deaf Provided TV/DVD sets
Yangon Deaf Association Provided funds for activities
Mandalay & Yangon School for the Deaf Provided stationery for school children
FY 2006 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
Myanmar Mandalay School for the Deaf Provided funds to purchase gasoline for school bus and to conduct surveys of Deaf children not attending school
Mary Chapman School for the Deaf Provided electronic sewing machines and knitting machines
Mandalay & Yangon School for the Deaf Provided stationery for school children
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Central Federation of the Deaf Provided funds to Deaf victims of the tsunami who lost equipment to run their business
Japan National Research Association of Sign Language Interpretation Provided funds to enable sign language interpreters from developing countries of A/P to attend the WASLI Asia conference
FY 2007 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Provided funds for maintenance and repair of the school bus
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
Thailand 23 students at the Nontaburi School for the Deaf Scholarships
8 students at the Chiangmai School for the Deaf
1 student at the Nakon Praton School for the Deaf
Myanmar Mandalay School for the Deaf Provided a video camera
FY 2008 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
FY 2009 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf Scholarships
FY 2010 Nepal 30 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
15 students at the Shree Manakamana Deaf School operated by the Gorkha Association of the Deaf
Sri Lanka Sign Language DVD making project for Sri Lanka Deaf school teachers and students Provided funds
FY 2011 Nepal 11 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
FY 2012 Nepal 9 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
FY 2013 Nepal 7 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
FY 2014 Nepal 3 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships
FY 2015 Nepal 2 students at the Shreejana Secondary School operated by the Gandaki Deaf Association Scholarships

Other projects consistent with the objectives of this fund:

2000- Published, “Asian Deaf Friendship Fund TOMONOKAI News” (News letter in Japanese)
2001- Cosponsored, “Seminar on Asian Sign Language” (in Japan)
2002, June  Invited Deaf students from Nepal and Thailand to Japan

IF YOU WISH TO SEND YOUR KIND DONATIONS

Donations can be made through bank transfer:

Mizuho Bank
Branch: Edogawabashi Branch
Account No: 1831327
Account Holder: Japanese Federation of the Deaf
(President Fujisaburo Ishino)