Côte d'Ivoire


“Their roles are not only receiving it but also making it better!”


On November 18, the second cycle of chicken raising (broiler chickens) started. This is a very important step for our project. This is because in the second cycle, unlike the first cycle provided by ICA, villagers have to prepare chicks, foods and vaccines by themselves. Considering from a long viewpoint, what we can do is only introduction, that is to say “sowing seeds”. After sowing, someone needs to care water and growing. That is, it is impossible without the efforts of the villagers.

 The other day, when I visited the 2nd year village (N’Gorankro), I saw a pleasing scene. Villagers were digging wells next to the poultry houses by themselves. Until now, they were carrying water from the well about 2 km from the poultry house. They said “From the second cycle, we want to reduce the labor of water transportation and to deliver fresh water to the chicken”. I felt that their role is not only to play a given role but also to make it better.


Hideki KAMBE, Local Coordinator of ICA Japan 

Discussing the Syrian Refugee Crisis at Kokushikan University


On November 16, 2016, we as interns from ICA Japan went to the university near our office and held a seminar with political science students. As this was our second seminar with them, we studied about the contemporary subject and exchanged opinions for 90 minutes. At the end, we also encouraged a debate about the topic and possible help from Japan. We hope we could raise awareness for this crisis and the needs of the people. 


Interns at ICA Japan

Rikkyo University workshop:

NPO in Japan and ICA's work


In November 2016, ICA Japan staff held a workshop at Rikkyo University about NPO in Japan. We shared information about ICA Japan’s main current projects and we presented our NPO’s mission to students and professors of the university. The purposes of the workshop were to raise awareness about NGO and NPO among Japanese students, to incentivise people to contribute and involve in ICA’s projects. 


Interns at ICA Japan


Interns discussing with Rikkyo University Professors during workshop
Interns discussing with Rikkyo University Professors during workshop

“October is the month of harvest”

In October, it was a very fruitful month for the all the people who were involved in the project. Two Japanese experts came to Côte d’Ivoire and conducted training and research in their fields. One is a chicken raising expert who came in early October. The other expert, specialised in agriculture, came in mid-October.

The chicken raising expert visited five of the second year project villages and researched the situation of poultry houses and food for chicken. In the training for the villagers, he gave a lecture and advised what he learned in the villages. He received specific questions from participants of the training such as food, disease, and poultry house management etc.

The agriculture expert also visited the same five villages and researched the condition of the vegetable fields and taught the following things for the villagers; soil analysis, making mass of bacteria, field preparation, soil improvement, compost making (fallen leaves compost, chicken manure compost) and so on. When he visited the villages, he received specific questions such as how to use compost and problems on cultivation.

For the villagers it is clear that the stay of the two experts in Cote d`Ivoire was helpful since their requests and questions were very specific. 


Besides them asking questions, I felt enthusiasm to improve the current situation.



Hideki KAMBE, Cote d`Ivoire Local Coordinator (ICA Japan)    

Geibikei boat tour with the local people
Geibikei boat tour with the local people

Fukushima Project 2016

Trip to Minamisouma city: visiting the Ushigoe shelther community


In September 2016, ICA Japan travelled to Minamisouma, where we got in touch with citizens and leaders of the shelter community. During our visit to Fukushima, we checked the progress of our local project and we interacted with the local people. We organised a day trip with the local citizens to Kowai farm and Iwate prefecture. The trip was a bonding opportunity                                                                                      and an enjoyable experience for both ICA staff 

                                                                                 and the shelter community.


                                                                                                               Interns at ICA Japan

But I finally got the chance to visit Nepal. My wife found out that ICA was looking for a trauma care expert on the job search site and she said to me “Nepal. Trauma care. Isn’t this perfect for you!”

I felt staff’s sincere attitude towards learning new areas of studies and villager’s willingness to recover from the huge damages of earthquakes. I hope to be able to support the next year project as well.



Yoshimasa Tebayashi, Psychologist

Nepal 2016

Psychosocial Counseling workshop for 16 staff members of ICA Nepal with experience in community development


Day 1: General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), effects of natural disasters, stress reaction, roles of supporters.

Day 2: Coloring activity for adults (Positive expression, Evaluation of self & others),

Children’s trauma, and PTSD

Day 3: Coloring activity (More advices), Skills of Active listening, How to work with elders, and depression

Day 4: Relaxation techniques, GHQ in village, Action Plan and presentation

 I have been concerned about the big earthquake that occurred last year in Nepal. For 30 years, I have been going back and worth, enjoying walking & fishing in Himalayas. And I heard about the damages occurred to my friend’s villages and heritages.


Kenya Community Development and Forestry in Loiyangalani Prefecture

Educating the villagers
Educating the villagers
Students Bring the Plants to Their School
Students Bring the Plants to Their School
Woman is also starting to plant trees
Woman is also starting to plant trees

India Bihar Project

"Situation of the community center"


There are 2 community centers that workers are building in Gidrahi and Charbarkurawa. Second stage construction is almost finished, and moving on to roof work. Center construction is expected to be finished by the end of this year, but work will be effected by election of Bihar state and Hindu festivals. When the construction is over, children can use the center with sunlight and wide space, not the current dark and narrow space. I hope village people will love the center.


2nd Nov 2015

Hiroshi Komatsu



India Bihar Project

"Community seminar"


At the end of May, specialists from Japan visited the villages. The architecture spoke with local building contractor, and examined the center established last year. And the community developing specialist held a seminar, where villagers shared the meaning of their village names, village maps, symbols and presented to each other. We believe that through the seminar, villagers learn more about their village that will open a path to creating a sense of community.


June 30th, 2015

Hiroshi Komatsu

Tohoku Project

"Dogs and Cats in Namie-machi"


In the “Happouuchi” temporary housing in Haramachi-ku, Minami Soma City lives residents from Namie-machi.

Residents introduced us Mr. Akama who does Trap Neuter Return program (TNR) for dogs and cats in Namie-machi where all the residents are still evacuated. (TNR is to humanely trap dogs and cats. After neutering, they will be returned to where they originally came from.)

There were many dogs that were trapped after the evacuation occurred, but now there are seeing increasing number of cats.

Right now they are looking for foster families who can take care of the lovely dogs and cats.

If you are interested in Mr. Akama’s activity please look at his blog below. (Although it is in Japanese…lots of photos are posted!)

 3.11 Rescue blog


Mr. Akamai s now sheltering 11 dogs and 70 cats in his home and office.

He told us he is in need of Pet sheets (regular and wide), and Wood (for building dog shelters).



India Bihar Project

"Community changes through this project"


The community center, which was built last year in Routa village, is used for educational purpose such as preschool, and sewing school for many villagers. Around the community center, school construction and pavement construction to nearby villages Charbarkurava and Barhkurava began. Tiny seeds that were planted by ICA Japan must have reached the local government and left an important message. What we believe is important is that the local residents and government build their own nation.


June 4th, 2015

Hiroshi Komatsu

India Bihar Project

"Children in Haribola Village"


In Haribola village, preschoolers were studying with high spirits this morning. “One” said one child in front of the class, and then other children followed in unison saying “One”. “Two, Three…”, children’s cheerful voices filled the air. Today children were studying about numbers, months, and alphabets in English. I could see them working hard to learn English. I hope that these lessons the children receive day by day will cultivate their path to the future.


May 25th 2015

Hiroshi Komatsu

 Cote d'Ivoire Project

"Distribution of the materials begin"


My name is KOUAME Eugène, Directeur of ICA-CI. We began activities in the 6 villages of Agboville, with three projects which are poultry raising, vegetable cultivation, and agroforestry. On May 24th, we distributed the materials to the leaders of each village. People of each village were very excited to receive the materials.

Please continue to support our project!


May 28th, 2008

Written by Kouame Eugène

(Directeur of ICA Côte d’Ivoire)




Cote d'Ivoire Project

"Distribution of the materials begin" (en Francais)


Je suis KOUAME Eugène Directeur de ICA-CI, nous avons commencé dans 6 villages de la région d’Agboville, trois activités que sont : l’élevage, la culture maraîchère et l’agroforesterie.

Ainsi donc le 24 mai 2015, nous avons distribué du matériel dans les 6 villages. Les villages ont été satisfaits du matériel reçu.

S’il vous plait continué de supporter notre projet


Kouame Eugène

(Directeur de ICA Côte d’Ivoire)

ICA director`s visit to Vietnam

 As reported by Shizuyo Sato, upon returning from Vietnam:


There was fabulous excitement upon discovering we might have a comfortable match - many skilled Vietnam people who have passion and enthusiasm want to come to Japan, and Japanese companies short-handed of willing workers! Can we make this linkage come to reality?


The Tohoku area is still suffering because of the earthquake and Tsunami, Japan’s rural population is aging and declining, resulting in an accelerated de-population.


I went to Vietnam with the president of a Tohoku company, exploring opportunities, investigating several possibilities. Our friends had made some great introductions, better than I had imagined. We found the Vietnamese were blocked in processing some agriculture products, and the Tohoku company may set up a processing factory for them. Another excitement came when we learned many Vietnamese skilled youth are available to come to Japan to work for this company in northern Japan.


How soon can we make this happen? How much Japanese language ability is needed? Are the Vietnamese workers willing to learn more about community development?



A wonderful adventure has just begun. Ah, we welcome the age of knowledge! and wisdom!

Tohoku Project

“Gardening activity in Minami-Soma city Begins!”


Just as last year, we will work with residents of temporary housing in Ushigoe, Oshika, and Happocho area of Haramachi-ku, Minami-Soma city, Fukushima Prefecture.

Little by little, residents from temporary housings in Haramachi-ku are starting to move to disaster public housings or their newly built housings. We would like to stay close to the residents who are probably expecting a huge change this year.


This photo is a flower planter from Ushigoe temporary housing. We were scared the primrose we planted this winter will not make it, but it survived! See the flowers blooming?


May 22nd, 2015

Motoko Imagi

Indian pool

"India, Bihar Project" 


Right now it’s mid-summer in Madhepura district.  The temperature goes up to 40 degrees Celsius. I personally cannot imagine summer without a swimming pool. But the schools here do not have any facilities. So residents (especially children) swim in the river.


The earthquake in Nepal has affected Madhepura district since it is only 100 kilometers away. However, I believe that they can overcome the hardship because people are very skilled in using what is available to them.


Reported by Hiroshi Komatsu (from India)

15 May 2015

 Leadership workshop was held in the

 "Cote d’Ivoire Project"


Our executive director Sato visited Cote d’Ivoire for 2 weeks from April 13th. For 5 days we invited 30 leaders from 6 villages (5 members from each village) and held a leadership workshop. The content of the workshop was about “Village’s History”, “Problem Solving”, “Planning “and lecture about the leaders role.


The participants were very active and it seemed very promising! 


April 30th, 2015



Written by Hideki Kambe

3rd year Bihar project started!


The 3rd year of the Bihar project just started in India. The locals and the children’s smile like you can see in this photo is what keeps me going.

Please look forward to reading the blogs from now on!


07 Apr 2015 Reported by Hiroshi Komatsu

Cote d’lvoire


 We started a new project in Cote d’lvoire. Cote d’lvoire is a country in West Africa and the population is about 20 million. In 2002, the civil war that has been going on for almost 10 years ended. However the war has impacted the economy badly. Recently the urban area has been developing steadily, yet the families in the rural areas still need lots of support. ICA Japan conducted a research and choose the area of Agboville in Agneby region where people’s living standard is low.

Our three year project is to focus on vegetable cultivation, poultry and agroforestry.

Please look forward to my future updates & photos from Cote d’Ivoire.


April 6th, 2015

Written by Hideki Kambe




















Bamboo bridge

In some villages, there is a bridge that is made by bamboo. Village people use this every day. I don’t know who does the maintenance of this bridge. When I went to village last time, it had started to fall down. About two weeks ago, it was no problem. It`s necessary to build a real bridge with village people, I think.



Authentic Indian Curry


Mr.Mukesh of local Bihar staff gave Shinji (ICAJ) an invitation to dinner at his house. Of course in the village without electricity, it was cooking over a small fire. We had chicken curry, Roti, and they gave Shinji the task of preparing rice. This was very delicious, I had a very good experience.


Thank you, Mukesh!


December 25, 2014, Uyama Shinji




 ICA and Resiidents who are living at temporary housing in Minami soma gathered together to finish autumn flower planting. The flowers are are Pansies, Haabotan, and many others which are resistant to cold.


We are helping residents in temporary housing units Ushigoe, Oshika, Happpcho, and Sumikawa in Minami-Soma to know each other and to think about they really want next.  In 2015, we plan to sponsor meetings with residents and the government planners to facilitate a new vision of their future.


       Motoko Imagi and Shizuyo Sato, December 24, 2014

Fashionable ladies around Turkana Lake, Northern Kenya


There are several tribes like Sambul tribe and Turkana tribe around the Turkana Lake. Ladies in tribes are very fashionable because of beaded big and beautiful necklaces. Style of the beaded necklace is different between different tribes. Turkana ladies wear many thin necklaces; however, Sambul ladies wear some wide necklaces. Therefore, we can understand who is Sambul ladies, who is Turkana ladies after checking necklaces.

Colorful beaded necklaces show beautiful in dry land in Loyangarani. Please visit the amazing areas around Turkana Lake!

4/Dec/2014, Maki Tsukamoto

A proud girl of Turkana tribe
A proud girl of Turkana tribe
Ladies of Sambul tribe enjoy a bright culture
Ladies of Sambul tribe enjoy a bright culture

The research in villages east of near Turkana Lake in a northern part of Kenya


     Shizuyo Sato and Maki Tsukamoto of ICA Japan have researched for a new project in villages in Loyangarani prefecture in Kenya as the research project for NGO founded by Japan International Forestry Promotion and Cooperation Center, from 15th Nov to 28th.

     People in Loyangarani used to be in a serious condition because of long year’s drought. Therefore, ICA placed water pipe lines in this area until April 2013. The water pipe lines help people to access water easily. In addition, villages with the water pipe lines are planting trees.

  Around 30 years ago, the area around Turkana Lake was a jungle. However, it looks like desert with only a few trees now. Tree can provide several benefits. Therefore, ICA is planning to operate a new project toward Turkana Lake planted many trees, and we hope to once again become a jungle. Please support our new project in Kenya.

2/Dec/2014 Maki Tsukamoto

Bihar project



New challenges of staff


We held agriculture training last month by Mr. ISAWA. This time all staff try to test grow using biscuit POT. It is a challenge to grow which using some kind of vegetables. All staff try to grow and manage with responsibility. We hope we will get good result.


              27 NOV 2014   Reported by Shinji Uyama

As reported by Shizuyo Sato Nov 15, upon returning from Vietnam:


There was fabulous excitement upon discovering we might have a comfortable match - many skilled Vietnam people who have passion and enthusiasm want to come to Japan, and Japanese companies short-handed of willing workers! Can we make this linkage come to reality?


The Tohoku area is still suffering because of the earthquake and Tsunami, Japan’s rural population is aging and declining, resulting in an accelerated de-population.


I went to Vietnam with the president of a Tohoku company, exploring opportunities, investigating several possibilities. Our friends had made some great introductions, better than I had imagined. We found the Vietnamese were blocked in processing some agriculture products, and the Tohoku company may set up a processing factory for them. Another excitement came when we learned many Vietnamese skilled youth are available to come to Japan to work for this company in northern Japan.


How soon can we make this happen? How much Japanese language ability is needed? Are the Vietnamese workers willing to learn more about community development?


A wonderful adventure has just begun. Ah, we welcome the age of knowledge! and wisdom!







Flower planting and tuna dismantling show


November 8, I participated in the flower planting activities of Ushigoe temporary housing site. We planted Habotan and pansy. They are extremely tolerant of cold weather. The activities started at 7:00 a.m. !!! At the same day, the dismantling show of tuna was held. One of the residents was elected in the prize competition.A lot of sushi chef came from Tokyo and treated everyone to best of sushi.


  12 NOV 2014   Reported by Mayumi Tateishi

Human Development Training by Wayne Ellsworth of ICA Japan and Peter Lasrado of partner HDCI, for

The Severely Marginalized People of Routa and Gopalpur Villages

In Madhepura District, Bihar, India, October 2014

Funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan

Nearly 250 people eagerly participated for four days.  Highlights were:

   They recalled what has happened in their villages since the flood of 2008, then listened to a Planetary Evolution talk.  For the first time, they deeply understood how the world is rapidly changing.  They realized their continued existence here depends upon creating a new future.

   We all learned the steps necessary to change our lives, using the Octave of Learning system.

   The Economic, Social, and Educational Principles of Community Development had a resounding impact, especially the village Educational Principles. They have school buildings, but the teachers are sub-standard, and the children from the project’s pre-schools are teaching their teachers and their parents!

Sub-Groups of the participants decided priorities and actions for the next six months:

They will begin computer education, even if they don’t have electricity or computers – suddenly one participant said he would donate a computer!

Secondly, the women want toilets in their homes – they have none and have very little money! They will use their own microcredit scheme, and get toilets, one by one!

Third, to get technical education, they will also use the microcredit scheme for a few people to learn, and they will in turn, teach the rest of the villagers.

Fourth, they will begin a small scale health center for preventative and curative health, and ask doctors to come regularly to the two villages to check everyone for illnesses.

   During the training, they eagerly watched a video of the Tekos advanced learning school in Russia with much interest, laughter, and delight. They want to create that type of learning for themselves.  They also saw pictures of vertical farming, and pondered how they could try vertical farming on their very small land.

   After the training, we had a discussion with District Magistrate, Mr. Gopal Meena, in Madhepura, showing him what the villagers decided. He promised to get electricity for six villages and to really improve the quality of education.

   In February 2015, we will enter the villages’ brand new Multi-purpose Centers and build plans for the next several years. They invite you to join them, and to contribute to their future!

Reported by Wayne Ellsworth November 3, 2014


Agriculture Training in the Bihar Project


Mr.Isawa who is an agriculture specialist, came to the project from Japan for agriculture training. He held agriculture training for five villages people and local staff. He taught and explained the POT system hydroponics and how to make right compost.


Our training had much participation and they learned eagerly and seriously.


Final day we held training for local staffs again. Because they are possible to teach the village people anytime.


27 Oct 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama

Flowers at Minamisoma city on October

Flowers, I reported last month, have been blooming.

The flower (impatiens walleriana) withers under 5 degrees. 

Residents think to move the flowers to another place, such as a green house, or cover the flowers by plastic sheets during the winter.

        Reported by Motoko Imagi -22 October 2014


Bihar project


Local coordinator Lima


His name Lima who is local coordinator. He come from other state and live in Madhepura with his wife. I always go to project area with Lima. Today, Lima taught new song and dance to children at Jamuaha village. The children was really enjoy with song and dance.





03 Oct 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama


Bihar project


Self Help Management seminar


We hold Self Help Management seminar at end of Oct in Ranipatti. Resource parson came from Delhi.Participants in the seminar came from Rohta village and Gopalpur village women , a total of 146 people were present by two days. They learn about concept and importance of SHGs and role in the groups and important of cooperation. Both days were very fine days, but a very hard condition to women for temperature over 30 degrees. However all participants heard and discussed to the last.


17 Sep 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama

India Bihar Multi-Purpose Center Construction


It progressed to the following stage the construction site of the Gopalpur village which groundwork had ended.

Now , Bihar is rainy season, but lay bricks progress quickly in clear day.

I hope that also here construction will continue to go smoothly.


11 Sep 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama


 Flowers at Minamisoma City


Flowers, residents planted on May at Minamisoma city,  are growing up quickly due to taking care by them.

This picture is  a planter, placed around a community center in Ushigoe temporary housing site. 

The flowers are blooming again, after residents cut the flowers to keep good the conditions.
                     Reported by Motoko Imagi - 04 September 2014


Children in Bihar


We visited community center of Jamuaha village that construct at last year. The community center is using school for children in the morning. We arrived here at about noon. Some children already went back home but some children were still stay. We had conversations and played with some children, then took photo all together. We wish, will be so good the growth of children for the future.



28 Aug 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama

Successful investment in Cote d’Ivoire
ICA Japan’s Proposal to help 42 villages, 2520 direct beneficiaries and more than 12,600 indirect beneficiaries was received and processed by the team in the Japanese Embassy in Cote d’Ivoire, and we are accepting and processing their recommendations.  We still believe that the project to recover the villages around Agboville will be funded by October 1. 
In this regard, our team was honorably received by the Mayor of Agboville, and we were invited to a private luncheon with him in his home before visiting the 6 villages chosen for the beginning of this initial phase of the project.  Actually we were overwhelmed by his interest and concern for this partnership project, and he volunteered to help with the selection of the phase 2 villages.

India Bihar Construction


We arrived Saharsa town that safe 5hours train trip. At tomorrow , we went to project villege by car. We visited to site of Routa village which is under construction of a community center. The construction is making progress from last report. We really hope that construction is going smoothly.


25 Aug 2014  Reported by Shinji Uyama

Cote d'Ivoire Project Setup and Investment
In each of the six villages, we were introduced to the village mayor, met with up to 100 villagers, and Shizue Inagaki offered a small gift to each village from Japan.  We learned that in each village, more than 200 young people we without jobs, and that more than our plan to assist 60 people would likely be  involved with our assistance.  We received a written promise to grant 3 hectares of land for the agroforestry component of the project.  This is an addition to the 2 hectares to be used for the vegetable farm and chicken broiler farm and for strategic marketing.
We met 11 different ministries in the five days, plus on Saturday, 35 leading individuals met with us to explore opportunities for cooperation. For ICA Japan, the visits with the Agriculture Minister and the Education Minister offered extended cooperation. With the other visits to ministries, we learned how to register for beginning a new business in only one day, we started the process of offering training and future employment in Japan for Cote d’Ivoire youth, we found numerous investment opportunities, and we talked about how we might increase crop yield by scientific soil testing to find the best soil additives. These two components were offered by Kazuko Yamamoto. Last but not least, the Ministry of Education offered us the best way to introduce the new schooling concept we learned from the Tekos School in Russia.

 Village d’Ekissi-hô, after our meeting  
Please see our photo gallery of the trip in NEWS.
Wayne Ellsworth, ICA Japan, reporting with Eugene Konan Kouame, ICA Cote d'Ivoire

Learners in their Learning Space
Learners in their Learning Space

Researching the Future of 21st Century Education

Three of us went to Tekos Village in Russia, researching the future of education, and were we ever surprised! We found the future already exists! We experienced education without regular teachers, and the learners were completing their studies in half of the time usually required! Every learner was also a teacher! They were so joyous, free to learn what they we attracted to, without the normal boundries of classrooms, ages, and school bells interrupting their intense interest in what they were learning. This school was free to totally reinvent education for the 21st century! They had just started over, treating each learner as the true genius they were born to be. In this loving environment, students imagined their total greatness was truly possible. At ICA Japan, we want you to join us in creating such environments for our children too.


Wayne Ellsworth reporting from Tekos Village, Russia, July 1, 2014


Investment visit to Cote d`Ivoire 
This July 2014 Investment Visit to Cote d'Ivoire is presented by Eugene Konan Kauame. It is a beautiful reminder of visits and working sessions at the Japan Embassy, 11 ministries, 6 villages, and with the Mayor of Agboville.



Horticultural Activities at Minamisoma City

We started horticultural activities at Minamisoma City between May and June. The picture is planting flowers at Happouchi temporary housing site where Namie town residents lives.


Although it was really hot (the temperature was 28 degree!), many residents enjoyed planting flowers and chatting.


Reported by Motoko Imagi, 2014.7.16



This is a Brief Report on Amazing Successes to help Individuals Recover Hope and to Take New Actions in Nuclear Plagued Minami Soma City, near the Destroyed Nuclear Power Plants in Fukushima Ken.  May 2014


Download Report here

You and ICA staff help Minami-Soma City Residents


ICA Japan has been working in Minami-Soma City, Fukushima prefecture since 2011. We started a project to plant flowers by temporary housing sites for curing residents of their mental stress, and we strengthened ties with them last year. The residents decide activities, such as what kind of flowers do they want to plan, when they plants, how do they care them, by themselves. We also cooperate with psychological specialists from Soma city to measure the efficiency of this project.


This month we continue another year working with the people in Minami-Soma. Would you love visiting these folks and giving a helping hand? A bit later we will arrange a delightful trip for you to be their friend and helper! Watch our website for news and send us a note of your interest to today!


Motoko Imagi reporting from Tokyo, April 3, 2014