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HANDs! -Hope and Dreams- Project

Indonesia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Laos, Japan, Others

Approximately one third of the world’s natural disasters occur in Asia due to its climatic and topographical characteristics. 1350 disasters, such as earthquakes, typhoons and volcanic eruptions, have occurred in the past ten years in Asia, affecting a total of 1,624.49 million people including those who were injured and killed in the disasters. There are, however, no evacuation drills in some areas, and many people do not know how to confront disasters. In order to respond to this challenge of natural disasters, we must not only deal with individual countries and regions, but Asia as a whole, sharing knowledge and communicating in an engaging manner. In 2014, the Japan Foundation Asia Center launched the HANDs! Project to form a next–generation disaster–prevention network. From 2014 to 2017, we conducted exchange programs for Asian youths to learn about creative disaster education, and trained 100 fellows from nine countries. From 2018 to 2019, we supported 5 projects collaborated by the HANDs! Fellows.

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This project in FY2017 ,  FY2018 and FY2019 is certified as beyond 2020 program.

FY2018 to FY2019

Collaborative Action Challenge (CAC) Contest

Carried out a contest in which HANDs! Fellows made presentations on their CAC projects.
August 27 to 28, 2018
Thailand: Bangkok

Photo of Collaborative Action Challenge Contest

Implementing five Collaborative Action Challenge (CAC) projects

November, 2018 to December, 2019

ARC PROJECT (Venue: Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand)

Photo of ARC PROJECT (Venue: Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand)

KIDSUP (Venue: Indonesia)

Photo of KIDSUP (Venue: Indonesia)

SMART (Venue: Nepal)

Photo of SMART (Venue: Nepal)
Photo by TANAKA Kenichi

ECO Caravan! (Venue: Lao PDR)

Photo of ECO Caravan! (Venue: Lao PDR)

Mobile Eskwela (Venue: Philippines)

Photo of Mobile Eskwela (Venue: Philippines)

FY2014 to FY2017

Video from Japan tour (2017)

1st Batch (24 Fellows)

Study tour (first leg) –Indonesia & Philippines tour–
September 26 to October 5, 2014
Indonesia: Jakarta, Yogyakarta (Mt. Merapi)
Philippines: Manila, Tacloban

Study tour (second leg) –Thailand & Japan tour–
February 16 to 26, 2015
Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Doi Chang
Japan: Tokyo, Fukushima, Sendai, Ishinomaki, Minami Sanriku

Photo of 1st Batch

2nd Batch (25 Fellows)

Study tour (first leg) –Indonesia & Philippines tour–
October 5 to 15, 2015
Indonesia: Banda Aceh
Philippines: Manila, Tacloban

Study tour (second leg) –Thailand & Japan tour–
February 24 to March 6, 2016
Thailand: Bangkok, Chiang Mai
Japan: Tokyo, Sendai, Higashi Matsushima

Photo of 2nd Batch

3rd Batch (25 Fellows)

Study tour (first leg) –Philippines & Indonesia tour–
September 25 to October 7, 2016
Philippines: Manila, Navotas
Indonesia: Bali

Study tour (second leg) –Thailand & Japan tour–
March 1 to 13, 2017
Thailand: Phuket
Japan: Kobe

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4th Batch (26 Fellows)

Study tour (first leg) –Philippines & Japan tour–
October 8 to 19, 2017
Philippine: Manila
Japan: Tokyo, Sendai, Oshinomaki, Onagawa

Study tour (second leg) –Indonesia tour–
February 4 to 12, 2018
Indonesia: Kalimantan

Photo of 4th Batch

Other HANDs! Related projects

Exhibition "EARTH MANUAL PROJECT – This Could Save Your Life"

September 27 to December 12, 2018 United States: New York
Exhibition "EARTH MANUAL PROJECT – This Could Save Your Life"

Photo of Exhibition EARTH MANUAL PROJECT – This Could Save Your Life
Photo by SAKAMOTO Ayumi

HANDs! –Hope and Dreams– for Miyako!

Conducted disaster education event in Iwate Prefecture, as one part of Sanriku International Arts Festival Sanriku × Asia TSUNAGARU Project
March 9 to 10, 2019
Japan: Miyako–city
Sanriku International Arts Festival 2019 "Sanriku×Asia Tsunagaru Project" HANDs! -Hope and Dreams- for Miyako!

Photo of HANDs! –Hope and Dreams– for Miyako!
Photo by Tanaka Kenichi

Earth Manual Project "Disaster and Design: For Saving Lives"

May 2 to 26, 2019
Indonesia: Jakarta
https://jfac.jp/culture/events/e–asia2019–earth–manual–project/ (Japanese text only)

Photo of Earth Manual Project Disaster and Design: For Saving Lives

DISASTER AND DESIGN

Exhibition and workshop featuring creative Asian endeavors on the themes of disaster and environmental issues
July 2 to 15, 2019
Japan: Ikebukuro
https://jfac.jp/en/culture/events/e-asia2019-disaster-and-design/(Japanese text only)

Photo of DISASTER AND DESIGN

We would like to thank all HANDs! Fellows and Advisors for their support, the people who warmly welcomed us at the places we have visited so far, and all the other people who have so willingly cooperated with. A sincere thank you to you all.

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