What is IVY?
What is IVY?
IVY’s establishment resulted
from a visit to a Cambodian refugee camp in 1991.
IVY is an authorized nonprofit organization with a head office located in Yamagata City, Yamagata Prefecture in Tohoku (northeast Japan) that was established in December 1991. It’s founding was inspired by a study tour to Khao-I-Dang Holding Center, a Cambodian refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. This year marks the NGO’s 20th anniversary.
IVY has been involved overseas in Cambodia, the Philippines, and East Timor, and has been especially active in reducing poverty in rural areas since 1996 in Cambodia, the country that led to the establishment of the NGO.
In addition to providing support to non-Japanese living in Yamagata Prefecture and Tohoku, particularly women who came to Japan for international marriage and Japanese nationals returning from China, IVY also implements educational workshops for children to promote international understanding and environmental education, such as the Global Children’s Camp.
In addition, as a consulting NGO body for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, since FY2002 IVY has been overseeing activities in the 6 prefectures in Tohoku, fostering the next-generation NGOs and networking among NGOs in the 6 Tohoku prefectures.
In 2010, IVY Youth was created as a youth organization. The knowledge, experience, and personal relationships cultivated to date are being leveraged to carry out support activities aimed at self-sustained recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.
The principles behind our activities
From our office of operations in Yamagata, IVY strives to become involved in global issues to create a society in which all individuals can live with dignity, based on the following principles.
- Be conscious of the fact that you are a global citizen and take action locally.
- Recognize differences that include race, sex, religion, and character. Respect unique regional wisdom and diverse cultures, and actively utilize them in endeavors.
- Seek equality in economy, society, and human rights, and work to realize a just society.
- Anticipate the diversity of potential possessed by individuals and strive to create new values.
- Understand that volunteer activities present an opportunity for self-improvement and give back to people, your family, your workplace, and community through the experiences and knowledge you gain through those activities.
- Endeavor to support environmental conservation, organic farming, and recycling activities, and create a recycling-based society to protect a sustainable global environment.
|1991||November:||The Medical Information Center for Non-Japanese opens.|
|December:||JVC Yamagata (Japan International Volunteer Center of Yamagata) launches.|
|The Okura Japanese Language Classroom Cooperative Project begins (ends in 1995).|
|1992||Japanese language classes are established (Kaminoyama, Murayama, Oe).|
|1993||June:||The Shirataka Japanese Language School opens.|
|July:||Support begins for operation of the 4th Social Welfare Center in Cambodia.|
|1995 ||January:||Aid activities are conducted for the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake victims.|
|June:||Mental health support begins for Filipino citizens returning home (ends March 2000).|
|1996||January:||The 3P Peace Award from Yamagata Shimbun is received.|
|The “Earth Stage” begins (ends March 2002).|
|March:||The Asian Family Conference is held.|
|The Koh Island Project to Support Independence in Cambodia begins (ends December 2002).|
|November:||The 1st Ethnipic (multicultural sports meet) is held (ends June 1998).|
|1997||February:||The Japan Foundation Regional Exchange Promotion Award is received.|
|1998||January:||Pre-departure education in the Philippines begins (ends November 2001).|
|May:||The consulting service for non-Japanese living in Japan begins.|
|1999 ||January:||The name changes to the International Volunteer Center of Yamagata (IVY).|
|June:||IVY is approved as a specified nonprofit organization by Yamagata Prefecture.|
|July:||A support project for women’s associations in rural villages in Svay Rieng Province, Cambodia begins.|
|2000||April:||Medical aid begins in East Timor (ends March 2003).|
|2001 ||July:||Activities to nurture grassroots veterinarians and animal husbandry consultants begin (ends June 2003).|
|December:||Assistance with educational problems encountered by non-Japanese children begins.|
|2002||April:||The Literacy Education Project in East Timor begins (ends March 2003).|
|September:||Saturday Class, supplementary lessons for non-Japanese children begins.|
|IVY becomes a consulting NGO for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.|
|2003||September:||The 1st Global Cultural Festival is held (ends in 2009).|
|2004 ||July:||The symposium, “Educating and Accommodating Non-Japanese Children” is held.|
|December:||A conference on continuing education is held for non-Japanese jr. high school students.|
|2005 ||August:||An intensive summer lecture course begins on education for international understanding at the Faculty of Literature and Social Sciences, Yamagata University as a teacher-training course (ends in 2011).|
|2006||January:||The 1st Global Children’s Camp is held.|
|2008 ||June:||IVY is approved by the Director General of the National Tax Administration Agency as an authorized nonprofit organization.|
|2010||April:||IVY Youth is created.|
|2011||March:||The Tohoku Disaster Relief NGO Center is launched and activities begin.|
|April:||Offices are established in Ishinomaki City and Kesennuma City (closes in Kesennuma in March 2012).|
|2012||August:||The name changes to Approved Specified Non-Profit Organization IVY.|
|September:||IVY Nursery School begins operations.|