News - 2017

ICA Japan was at EcoPro 2017

This year, ICA Japan has been attending EcoPro 2017. EcoPro is an International Exhibition on Environment and Energy that took place at Tokyo Big Sight from Thursday December 7th to Saturday December 9th. 

 

ICAJ was giving a presentation at the event on the 9th in collaboration with our partners at ERCA. The presentation was mainly be about our kenyan project.

 

Posted December 1, 2017


Workshop at the Bunka Suginami Canadian International School

On Monday, November 13th ICA Japan went to the Bunka Suginami Canadian International School to give a workshop to a class of senior students. The Bunka Suginami School is a school where students take half of their classes in English and the other half in Japanese. Once they graduate the students receive both a Japanese and a Canadian high school diploma, which allows them to apply to universities abroad or apply as an international student in Japanese universities.

 

During this visit, we met with a class of 15 female students and gave them a presentation about the nature of NPO’s and about ICA Japan's worldwide activities. The presentation was followed by a workshop, which started with an explanation of how project proposals are thought of at ICAJ. Following this explanation, we presented the students with four situations around the world that would require the help of an organization like ICAJ and asked them to come up with ways they could help the people in need in those situation.  The four situations were: the tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004, deforestation in Kenya, the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico and starvation in Nigeria. We then split the students in 3 groups of 5 and gave them time to create their own proposal ideas.

 

The workshop was highly successful; the students were motivated and came up with great solutions to contemporary problems. We had a great experience at the school and hope to be able to come back or welcome some of the students as volunteers or interns in the future.

 

For more information about the Bunka Suginami Canadian International School visit: http://bscis.bunsugi.jp/

 

Bunka Suginami Canadian International School

Posted November 17, 2017


ICA Japan's work with Asago City

At the end of October, our international interns along with ICA employees went to the city of Asago for a Community Revitalization Project.

 

The city officials in Asago have recently been looking for ways to attract more inbound foreign tourists to their city and in order to reach that goal, they wanted the opinions of foreign visitors about several aspect of the city and the touristic experience.

 

ICAJ's interns provided that foreign point of view and spent 4 days visiting the city to analyze various touristic sites, the infrastructures, the available information, the promotion, and future opportunities.

 

After their trip they wrote a lengthy report with various short and long-term recommendations to the city.

 

The interns were intrigued by the various historical, cultural and natural sites in Asago and believe that the city can revitalize its community through an increase in tourism with the help of their recommendations.

Posted November 10, 2017


ICAJ's new facilitation site

In an effort to make our facilitation offering clearer to the public and to have the content of www.icajapan.org be mainly related to our projects, ICA Japan has decided to open a new website dedicated to facilitation, www.top-facilitation.jp.

 

The new site contains all the information regarding facilitation that was available on icajapan.org and more. Visitors will also be able to register for any of our future courses or become ICAJ members from that new website.

 

Please visit www.top-facilitation.jp to see this new site and get more informations about facilitation.

Posted November 3, 2017


ICAJ's director visits Kenya

In the last week of September, our director Shizuyo Sato, went to Kenya to aid with the tree planting project. During her time in there, she and 65 students planted 3000 trees in 6 communities. The communities were thought the various reasons why trees are important, for example the fact that they help provide necessary shade from the sun, food, medicine, rain and animals. During her trip she also analyzed trees that were previously planted for this project and saw that 71% of trees planted in 2016 survived. 3 types of trees adapted particularly well to the area; the Neem tree, Moringa tree and Salvadora tree. 

 

Several communities also cited water shortage as one of their main challenges. Going forward we hope to be able to work with them on that issue and on the success of our tree planting activities.

 

Posted October 26, 2017


Change in ICA Japan membership

ICA Japan has, in its more than 30 years of history, helped countless families and individuals around the world and all this thanks to our partners, staff and especially generous donors and members. Members are at the core of our support system and you too can help us make a difference by joining our team and becoming an ICA Japan member.

 

Our membership options have now been extended to include three categories to fit different budgets and provide different levels of involvement. These categories are Moringa membership for 3000 yen a year, Neem membership for 5000 yen and year and Plum membership for 7000 yen a year. You can see below the list of benefits and level of involvement each membership categories get.

Moringa - 3000¥ / year

  • Help make a difference in the life of people in urgent need.
  • Receive our special membership package.
  • Get monthly updates by email about our activities.

Neem - 5000¥ / year

  • Help make a difference in the life of people in urgent need.
  • Receive our special membership package.
  • Get monthly updates by email about our activities.
  • You gain the opportunity to receive training at a discounted price and become a facilitator.

Plum - 7000¥ / year

  • Help make a difference in the life of people in urgent need.
  • Receive our special membership package.
  • Get monthly updates by email about our activities.
  • You gain the opportunity to receive training at a discounted price and become a facilitator.
  • ICA Japan Plum members are invited to join us on our 3 yearly events, in spring, autumn and winter. These events consist of a report of our projects as well as a party with ICA's staff and partners. 

If you are interested in becoming a member and help ICA Japan continue its humanitarian work, please fill in the form here or contact us by phone, email or by coming to our office.

 

ICA Japan

4-1-22 2F Soshigaya, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 157-0072 

email members@icajapan.org

Telephone 03-3484-5092

Fax 03-3484-1909  

 

Posted October 19, 2017


Review of Global Festa 2017

This year's Global Festa was a big success attracting 120 861 visitors and 266 exhibitor organizations during the two days of the event.

 

ICA Japan used Global Festa as an opportunity to reach the public and raise awareness for our activities around the world, but also to connect and share with other organizations.


Once again this year we had a bracelet, neckless and earring making workshop which helped attract people to our booth. We also sold local product linked to our past and current project. We were also very happy and honored to share our booth with the people from MCI's Do Green project, the Kigyo Jouhou center and Mr. Eki Kubokawa.

 

We're looking forward to next year's event and hope to see you there.

 

This year Global Festa was on September 30th and October 1st 2017 from 9 am to 5 pm.

 

Posted October 10, 2017


ICA's Bill Staples is coming to Tokyo

One of the world's leading expert on facilitation, Bill Staples will be coming to Tokyo, Japan this November to give two facilitation courses. 

 

The courses are open to everyone regardless of experience, age or occupation. By taking these two courses, along with a third one offered by ICA Japan, you could be on your way to become a certified facilitator. 

Join us on November 18 and 19 for the first of these courses: Meetings that work; and on November 20th and 21st for the second one: Facilitating Client Collaboration.

 

The courses will be given from 9:30am to 6pm at the 6th floor of the New Life Building in Chiyoda-ku. A Japanese interpreter will be present for those who needs it.

 

Each courses will be 41,800¥ for the general public, 31,800¥ for ICA Japan members and 9,800¥ for students. To learn more about becoming a member please contact us here.

 

Venue: New Life Building , 6th floor, 3 chome 3-4 Kudanminami, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0074

 

Posted September 20, 2017


The 2017 Newsletter is now available

ICA Japan's 2017 Newsletter has been published. This year, the document includes a message from the Vice Chairman of the board Mr. Kurokawa and reviews of our projects in Japan, Cote d'Ivoir, Kenya, Nepal and India. It also provides more information about several of our upcoming events, like Global Festa or the visit of Bill Staple who is set to come this november to give two very interesting courses. 

 

You can read the newsletter by clicking on the link below or by going to the publications section of our website.

 

*The newsletter is entirely in Japanese.

Posted September 08, 2017



New interns at ICA Japan

We all are excited that ICA Japan’s environment is greatly enhanced now that two new people are here and very productive already! Amber on the left of the photo above is from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and Ricardo on the right is from the University of Montreal. Already they are set to publish our fall newsletter, and researching Community Revitalization for several towns in Japan. This fall they take ToP facilitation training courses GFM, MTW, and FCC, help with social media, and work towards getting 200 members for ICA Japan. All of this while they are helping promote ICA Japan’s new emphasis on ToP® and other courses. They both are university students who conduct this internship as a vital part of their degree. We hope that they can learn from this opportunity and that we can learn from their fresh perspectives.

 

Posted September 04, 2017


Lecture by Mr. Ishizawa 

 

Next weekend our chicken expert who accompanied us to Côte d’Ivoire will give a lecture about poultry farming.

 

Everyone is welcome to join us!

 

Naoshi Ishizawa, the poultry expert of our current rural development project in Cote d'Ivoire will speak about his work.

 

His biography:

2005 – 2013; Chicken Cooperation Association

2005; President of the Senkei Corporation

2009 – 2011; Yatsuta village chicken farming

2011 - 2012; Chairman of Uchimura Cooking Farmers' Association

2013 - current; Aomori prefecture poultry society director

 

Date and time: September 9, 2017 (Sat) 2 pm – 4 pm

 

Place: JICA Tokyo Seminar Room 201

2-49-5 Nishihara Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Public transport: Odakyu Line · Chiyoda Line Yoyogi-Uehara Station 12 minutes on foot.

 

There is no entrance fee and we will provide drinks and snacks.

 

Please apply by giving us a call, or send us e-mail or fax before September 8.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted September 03, 2017



ICA Japan will be at Global Festa 2017

We are happy to announce that ICA Japan will once again be at Global Festa this year. Every year, Global Festa is one of the biggest gathering of Japan's international organizations. The event is open to the public and is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the works of Japanese NGOs and NPOs. 

 

ICA Japan will be present on both days of the festival. Come by our booth (#W123) and don't miss this occasion to learn about our activities and have a great time with us. 

 

Global Festa will be held in Odaiba on September 30th and October 1st from 10am to 5pm on both days. See map bellow for more details about the location. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Rinkai Line "Tokyo Teleport" Station 1 Minute Walk
  • 3 minutes on foot from "Aomi" station
  • 7 minutes walk from Odaiba Kaihin Park Station

Posted September 01, 2017


ICAJ's co-director visits Côte d’Ivoire

 

This month the co-director of ICA Japan, Wayne Ellsworth, travelled to Côte d’Ivoire for 15 days. The trip was made in collaboration with ICA Côte d’Ivoire. During his time there, Mr Ellsworth visited the villages part of the reinsertion project. He also gave training sessions regarding the functioning of a CDC (Community Development Committee) for three days, that were attended by all the village chiefs. Besides Côte d’Ivoire, we are still working on our other projects in Nepal, Kenya and Japan.

 

Posted August 24, 2017


London Environmental Activities Presentation

by ICA Director Shizuyo Sato

 

Executive Director Shizuyo Sato of ICA Japan went to London August 18 t0 24 to present ICA Japan's global environmental activities, and to share her insights about what is required in the future.  This is the english presentation given to over 200 attendees at the conference.

 

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CHANGES IN THE FOUR VILLAGES OUTSIDE PUNE INDIA THAT COMPLETED ICA LEADERSHIP and BUSINESS TRAINING

  • Women are finding markets in Societies (housing groups) on their own.
  • Mulshi Taluka government gave the women a stall for two days in a week to sell their products; these days are market days, when many people come for office work and market.
  • Women are putting their stalls at village festivals and selling products.
  • A local politician woman is helping them to get a market in the Industrial area.
  • Nearby village sarpanch (leader) has been ordering some products.
  • A food selling license has been applied to the government; they will get the license in a month.
  • Tailoring class started by ICA and Cooperative of 13 women are taking 3 months training.
  • Planning to start a beauty parlor and also by collecting money from beneficiaries, and if there is a shortage, ICA Pune will pay.
  • Restaurant is run by 7 women on their own and earning sufficient for their employment.
  • Cooperative is collecting monthly Rs. 100 as saving from members. They have collected about Rs. 36,000; they give loans to individuals or small groups for business starting.
  • 3 women in Katarkhadak grow vegetables together, like potatoes, cabbage, beans, garlic, onion etc.
  • Similarly in Kemsewadi two women are growing vegetables.
  • Khamboli women are growing spices in their kitchen garden.
  • There are many farmers growing vegetables and other crops, and as a group, some women are starting this as a business.
  • Katarkhadak irrigation scheme pump house was moved to an appropriate place by farmers themselves, collecting money on their own. They are planning to construct a tank for animal drinking water and a place for women to wash clothes.
  • Khamboli irrigation system was repaired by themselves.
  • Our staff – one field officer and 4 women, continue working as ICA staff without salary.
  • Talegaon 5 women visited village and would like to associate with village women group to sell products.
  • They have also arranged a summer camp for school children at EEC in May.
  • Regular monthly meetings are arranged and held.

 

         Shankar Jadhav reporting from Pune India 


Global Conference on Human Development 2018 is open for Proposals

 

The next ICA Hosted Global Conference on Human Development will be in 2018. ICAI is open to new modes of conferencing, such as holding it with a partner organization, having three regional conferences tied together with internet, and having one ICA host the 2018 Global Conference open to all who are deeply concerned with crossing the Gap into the New Reality. Contact us for more information.

 

Countries which have expressed interest in the 2018 Global Conference are: Netherlands, Ukraine, and the U.S.A.


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