Humanitarian Response

We have been active in Japan and abroad since 1995.

Background of Activities

During emergencies such as natural disasters, conflicts, and epidemics, we provide (1) emergency, (2) reconstruction, and (3) disaster prevention and mitigation assistance to quickly satisfy the needs of people who face humanitarian crises, especially children and women in difficult positions, with full respect for their dignity so that they can restart their normal lives as soon as possible. In particular, we promote “education in emergencies” that protects children’s right and opportunities to learn under any circumstances and the development of child-friendly spaces through library activities, which soothes the distressed minds of children who have experienced a crisis.

What We Do

In the immediate aftermath of disasters, we distribute daily necessities, such as food and cooking utensils, needed for immediate survival. Needless to say, in any assistance activity including those for protracted displacement situations, SVA observes the international standards (Sphere standards) that set minimum standards for the protection of basic human rights.
In accordance with international standards for humanitarian assistance (*1) and the Tokyo International Charter, SVA distributes food, cooking utensils, and other daily commodities necessary for immediate living in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, and supports "education under emergency conditions" and the creation of places for children to live during long-term evacuation.

COVID-19 Emergency Relief Project (Overseas, Japan)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on the economy and forced adults to decide on the best possible measures to protect children’s lives and learning in developed and developing countries, including in Japan. We must protect children in Asia from the threat of coronavirus infection while maintaining educational support activities, which create valuable learning opportunities. We ask for your support in helping us carry out the coronavirus emergency relief project to protect children’s lives and learning.

Activities So Far

October 2021‐December 2021
Flood damage
October2021 Heavy rain
Detailed object area
Saga Takeo City
Implementation content
listening activity,support for holding "Child-Friendly Space" events,etc.
September 2020-
Nepal land slide
Detailed object area
Indrayani Village, Nuwakot District, Nepal
Implementation content
Distribution of daily necessities
July 2020-March 2021
Flood damage
July 2020 Heavy rain
Detailed object area
Omuta City, Fukuoka Prefecture; Hitoyoshi City, Kumamoto Prefecture; Kuma Village
Implementation content
Volunteer bus service assistant, listening activity, etc.

The Humanitarian Charter articulates the common understanding among humanitarian actors that all people affected by crises have the right to protection and assistance. The Humanitarian Charter sets out the principles of humanitarian protection and protection of human rights, as well as the essential criteria for humanitarian assistance (CHS). It also mentions the minimum standards for the four main technical areas of assistance: water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH), food security and nutrition, shelter and sheltered accommodation, and health care.