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SVA’s Goal

Building a Peaceful Society That Allows People to Live Together and Learn Together

Around the world, there are a great many children who are unable to get a proper education because of conflicts, poverty, natural disasters, or other such factors.
SVA is engaged in activities intended to create opportunities to learn in comfort even under difficult circumstances.

Our Mission
SVA aims to bring about a peaceful (Shanti) society that has respect for human dignity and diversity, and allows people to “live together, learn together”.
Our Vision
SVA, as an NGO seeks to solve the problems of society and everyday life together with local people, by supporting the power of people to think and to create.

Messages from Representatives

40th Anniversary Messages
President, Kyoei Wakabayashi

Shanti Volunteer Association was founded to
provide support to refugees from Cambodia,
and has now reached its 40th anniversary.
During this time, we have received the support of a great many people, and worked through our various activities, particularly library activities,
to expand educational opportunities
to underprivileged children around Asia.
Over the course of last four decades,
we have had the wonderful opportunity
to see that first generation of children
whom our organization was able to help have grown up themselves provide support
to the young children who came up after them.
We believe that this is the first step in the creation of a society of peace (shanti).
We will work together as one community
to promote our activities, one step at a time.
I would like to ask all of you to continue to watch over our activities.

Secretary General, Eri Yamamoto

When I was in Afghanistan, I came across a child soldier whom I shall never forget.
As he related how he lived, he bluntly told us, “Whenever we run out of food, we just raid the next village.”
This young boy had a tragic history. When he was a mere five years old, a militia abducted him from his home and taught him how to use a gun and fight for their cause. He grew up knowing only that he must fight on the front lines. He never again experienced the love of his parents, and he never attended any school. One day he came upon the mobile library operated by Shanti. As he listened to a member of Shanti’s staff read a story to the assembled children, this young soldier with a hardened, distrusting demeanor gradually became drawn into the story. He even began to laugh at the funny moments. Little by little, the child soldier’s face transformed into that of a 15-year-old boy again. He seemed to have regained a little bit of his lost childhood before catching himself and quickly turning his face in embarrassment.
It was at this moment that I became keenly aware of the power of storytelling, picture books, and picture shows, which is Shanti’s mission.
For more than 40 years, Shanti has been working in Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, and other Asian countries, creating programs to promote reading and improve the quality of education.
Clearly, for every individual, access to education is a human right. It is not only about learning to read and write; a complete education also teaches us the skills that enable us to live our own lives. We have seen children who have found hope through books and shaped their own futures.
Shanti wants to continue working with everyone who wants to make the world a better place, working with children in difficult circumstances, ultimately for a peaceful society.

Organizational Profile

Organization Name
Shanti Volunteer Association (SVA)
Establishment
December 10, 1981
Registered Date of Incorporated Association
August 19, 1999
Registered Date of Public Interest Incorporated Association:
January 4, 2011
Address
Jibokaikan 2,3F, 31 Daikyo-cho, Shinjuku, Tokyo 160-0015 JAPAN
Phone
+81-3-5360-1233
FAX
+81-3-5360-1220
Staff total
172(As of April 1, 2021)
Board of Directors
President
Rev. Kyoei Wakabayashi
President of Anrakutomonokai, Reverend of Anraku-ji temple, Nagano prefecture
Vice Presidents
Ms. Kayoko Kozu
President of KOZUstyle Co., Ltd.
Rev. Gido Sambe
Representative of Mogami Local production for Local consumption Energy, Reverend of Shorin-ji temple, Yamagata prefecture
Executive Director
Rev. Wako Okamoto
Representative of Kazusa Nature school, Reverend of Shinko-ji temple, Chiba prefecture
Managing Directors
Rev. Shiro Arima
Secretariat of Andenet, Reverend of Genkou-ji temple, Yamaguchi prefecture
Rev. Shunko Chino
Director of Niwano Peace Foundation, Reverend of Zuisho-ji temple, Nagano prefecture
Prof. Tatsuya Hata
Professor in Faculty of International Studies, Kindai University
Board Members
Ms. Sachiko Asano
Visiting Researcher, Institute for Sustainable Community and Risk Management, Waseda University
Rev. Shoko Takemata
Director of All Japan Buddhist Nun Association, Reverend of Dairinnin temple, Tokyo prefecture
Rev. Taiten Toukai
President of Shanti Tohoku, Reverend of Shogen-ji temple, Miyagi prefecture
Ms. Riyo Naoi
Affiliate Lecturer, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University / Film Director
Rev. Bunmei Hayasaka
Reverend of Tokuhon-ji temple, Miyagi prefecture
Rev. Kando Matsunaga
Reverend of Soutokuin temple, Shizuoka prefecture
Ms. Eri Yamamoto
Secretary General of Shanti Volunteer Association
Rev. Keiyu Yokosawa
Reverend of Tosho-ji temple, Nagano prefecture
Auditors
Mr. Shigeru Nonaka
Nonaka Certified Public Accountant Office /Managing Partner
Mr. Masayuki Nakayama
Graduate School of Globalizing Asia, Kokushikan University Professor
Counsillor
Rev. Shunei Onyuda
President of Sotoshu Shumucho
Rev. Shodo Kobayashi
Administrator of Eiheiji
Rev.Keiji Watanabe
Administrator of Sojiji
Advisors
Technical Advisors
Organization Chart
組織図

Award History

2021 International Activities of 25th Earth RINRI Promotion Award
2021  28th Yomiuri International Cooperation Prize
2020 Kamenori Special Award
2019 Letter of gratitude from Commissioner of Japan Sports Agency
2015 ESD Okayama Award Global Prize
2011 Letter of gratitude from Miyagi Council of Social Welfare
2008 7th Iue Memorial Foundation Asia Pacific Culture Prize
2005 Letter of gratitude from Governor of Hyogo Prefecture
2004 Minister of State for Disaster Management Award
1995 Letter of gratitude from Toshima Ward, Tokyo
1994 Mainichi International Exchange Award
1988 Foreign Minister’s Commendation
1985 Soroptimist Japan Foundation Award
1984 Matsutaro Shoriki Award

Articles of Incorporation

Collaboration with relevant organizations

(1) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan(MoFA)“The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Project”
・Afghanistan

2020-2023 Development project for Diffusion of "Library for children" in Afghanistan

・Cambodia

2022-2023 The Project to improve the learning environment through a primary school construction in Battambang Province

・Myanmar

2021-2022 Developing the School Library Infrastructure Project at Education College and Management School in Yangon Region and Pyay District
2020-2021 The Reading Promotion Project at Primary Schools in West Bago Region
2020-2021 The Project for Rehabilitation and Resettlement through Community Resource Center in Eastern and Southern Kayin state, Myanmar

・Nepal

2020-2023 Project for improvement of quality of education in quake-affected areas and marginalized communities

(2) Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA) Partnership Program
・Cambodia

2020-2022 Building Foundation for Implementation of “Learning through Play and The Environment” based on the Cambodian Curriculum

・Laos

2018-2022 Improvement of multi-grade class management by enhancing the teaching capacity of Teacher Training Colleges in the Northern Laos

(3) Japan Platform
・Afghanistan

2022 Winterization Project through Distribution of Food and NFIs in Nangahar and Kunar Districts
2021-2022 Items distribution, hygiene awareness raising and women's protection support project for needy families in Kunar, Afghanistan
2021 Awareness raising on COVID-19 and provision of hygiene kits and food items in Nangarhar province and Kunar province
2020-2021 Emergency Education and WASH Assistance to Returnees and IDPs in Kunar Province, Afghanistan
2020 Awareness raising on COVID-19 and provision of hygiene kits and food items in Nangarhar province

・Myanmar

2021-2022 Emergency food distribution support for vulnerable people including internally displaced people in Karen State
2021 Initial assessment and distribution of relief supplies for IDPs and refugees in Thai-Myanmar border

・Nepal

2021 Provision of Medical supplies for intensive care for Covid-19 severely ill patients in Nuwakot

・Japan

2021-2022 Comprehensive livelihood stability support through livelihood and legal support
2020-2021 Assistance in the operation of a volunteer bus and support for the library in Kumamoto Prefecture, assistance in the operation of a private volunteer center in Fukuoka Prefecture, and listening comprehension activities
2021 Support for victims of the August 2021 torrential rain

(4) World Food Programme (WFP)
・Afghanistan

2022 Food distribution project in Nangahar
2020 Food distribution project for COVID-19 Impacted Population in Jalalabad, Nangahar

・Nepal

2020-2022 National School Meals Programme in Nuwakot district

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Network

Overall
Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education(ASPBAE)【Board members】/ The Asia Disaster Reduction & Response Network(ADRRN) / Global Book Alliance
Cambodia
Cooperation Committee for Cambodia(CCC)/ NGO Education Partnership(NEP)/ People’s Forum on Cambodia, Japan(PEFOC,J)/ Japanese NGO Worker's Network in Cambodia (JNNC)
Laos
International NGO Network(INN)/ Japanese NGO Meeting(JANM)
Myanmar(Burma)Refugee Camp Office
Committee for Co-ordination of Services to Displaced Persons in Thailand(CCSDPT)
Afghanistan
Agency Coordinating Body For Afghan Relief(ACBAR)
Myanmar
Japan NGOs Network – Myanmar (JNN-Myanmar)
Nepal
Association of International NGOs in Nepal (AIN)
Japan
Japan Civil Society Network on SDGs / Japan NGO Initiative for Safety and Security, JaNISS【 Directors 】/ NGO-MOFA Regular Meetings/ NGO-JICA Council 【Coordinator】 / NGO and Businesses Collaboration Network / NGOs-Labor Unions International Collaboration Forum / NGO NO WAR NETWORK【Proposer】/ Japan NGO Action Network for Civic Space (NANCiS) / Development Education Association and Resource Center(DEAR)【Board Member】 /KAMISHIBAI Culture Promotion Council /People's Forum on Cambodia, Japan (PEFOC, J)【Co-Representative】/ Japan NGO Network for Education (JNNE) 【Secretary General】/ Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) / Japan Platform (JPF)/ Multicultural Toshima Network/ Tokyo Education Multicultural Network /
Japan Campaign to Ban Landmines(JCBL) /
Disaster Connection Japan Network /
Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster Relief【Deputy Representative】/Action Plan Promotion Council of Tokyo Volunteer Center in Disaster【Organizing body】/ 
Japan Afghan NGO Network (JANN) /
Japan NPO Center /
Japan Library Association / Japan Fundraising Association/
Japan Forum for UNHCR and NGOs(J-FUN)/ Niwano Peace Foundation【Board Member】/ Japan CSO Coalition for Disaster Risk Reduction (JCC-DRR) /
Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in the East Japan (JCN) /
The Buddhist NGO Network of Japan(BNN)【Vice Chairman, Executive Director】/ Sotoshu SDGs Promotion Committee/
World Conference Religions for Peace(WCRP) /
Actions for Afghans (AFA)/
JANIC・Afghanistan Working Group

Publications

SVA have published a wide range of books.
These books give you a better idea of what SVA does.

Books about SVA’s activities
Books written or contributed to by SVA’s staff members, board members, and stakeholders
Research reports and manuals
Research reports written by SVA staff and manuals used in SVA’s educational projects are presented.
Organization Chart