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Response to Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis 2022
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Needs Assessment Conducted for Hospitals in Ukraine

June 29, 2022

JPF member NGO IVY conducted needs assessments for several hospitals in Ukraine through local partner organizations. Medical equipment will be delivered to an emergency hospital in Lviv and a perinatal hospital in Ivano-Frankivsk. Needs assessments for other hospitals in western and southern Dnipro, Mykolaiv and Odessa will continue in June and July.

Medical Assistance Continues in the Republic of Moldova

June 29, 2022

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO providing emergency medical assistance to displaced Ukrainian citizens in the Republic of Moldova, examined, prescribed, and provided care to a total of 282 patients over a total of 16 consultation days. 77% of the patients were women and 19% were children. Skin problems, such as ulcers on the feet caused by wearing shoes for a long period of time during the evacuation, were also noticeable. A total of three medical staff members dispatched from Japan provided medical care at the temporary clinic.

Distribution of Food and Necessities of Life to Ukrainian Refugees in the Republic of Moldova

May 19, 2022

AAR Japan (Association for Aid and Relief Japan), a JPF member NGO working in the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine's neighbor, provided one hot meal a day and a week's worth of food every week to 25 people living in a student dormitory that serves as a refugee shelter center. Another sanatorium provided 100 Ukrainian refugees with a week's worth of food each week. The food is prepared by the kitchen staff at the sanatorium and hot meals are served three times a day.

Provision of Medicines and Medical Supplies in Three Western Regions of Ukraine

May 19, 2022

Ivy (IVY), a JPF member NGO, has received permission to operate in Ukraine from the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the local authorities of the three western oblasts, and has hired a local project coordinator to carry out relief activities in the three western oblasts. Medical supplies will be transported to two hospitals in the western region in the second half of May, and support for nine hospitals in the west and four hospitals in the south will begin in the second half of May.

Food and Daily Necessities Assistance Project for Ukrainian Refugees in the Republic of Moldova

May 19, 2022

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO conducting relief activities in the Republic of Moldova, a neighbor of Ukraine, provided food and daily necessities to 3,545 people from April 18 to 21 at the temporary reception center (commonly known as "Sinema shelter") run by the city of Kishinau. The food included rice, pasta, flour, vegetables, fruits, canned food, milk, baby food, etc. The daily necessities included detergent, soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, wet wipes, etc. Refugees must apply for food and daily necessities each time they receive them, and on some days there are long lines at the application window.

Surveying the state of aid in northern Romania and other areas near the Ukrainian border

18th April 2022

  • Various NGOs are conducting relief activities in tents ©GNJPVarious NGOs are conducting relief activities in tents ©GNJP
  • Loading of food for the Ukrainian domestic market ©GNJPLoading of food for the Ukrainian domestic market ©GNJP

Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP), a JPF member NGO, entered Siret, northern Romania, near the Ukrainian border, to receive a briefing from the border police and survey the situation of aid activities by NGOs. Various NGOs and the International Red Cross were providing supplies and medical support to displaced people from Ukraine arriving in Romania. Food was also being loaded onto trucks heading into Ukraine.

JPF Staff Reports on Support for Bucharest North Station, Romania

11th April 2022

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  • ADRA Romania staff distributing meals to displaced people ©JPFADRA Romania staff distributing meals to displaced people ©JPF

There were about four spaces in Bucharest North Station for evacuees from Ukraine, where NGOs are providing meals, SIM cards, diapers, etc. There was also a space for children to play and a tent and cots for short-term accommodation. International trains arrive and depart from this station, so everyone seems to pass through here on their way to their next destination. According to ADRA Romania, which is conducting support activities in the area, there were five train arrivals a day in early March with 1,000 people on board, and it was a very hectic time. Now the number of people has calmed down, and about 300 meals a day are being served.

Initial Investigation Begins in Romania

28th March 2022

  • Displaced people arriving in the northern Romanian town of Siret(Credit: Alfredo D╲'amato/ DEC)Displaced people arriving in the northern Romanian town of Siret (Credit: Alfredo D\'amato / DEC)

Good Neighbors Japan (GNJP), a JPF member NGO, has begun a needs assessment of displaced persons in the eastern and northern regions of Romania that are hosting displaced persons from Ukraine. The survey will be conducted for 14 days from March 23 to April 5. We will continue to report on future support activities and other information on the JPF website and social networking sites.

Support by SOMPO Group

25th March 2022

  • At the Lwowska Refugee Reception Center in Poland (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)At the Lwowska Refugee Reception Center in Poland
    (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)

JPF has been selected as one of the recipients of SOMPO Group's donation for humanitarian relief activities in Ukraine and neighboring countries through Van Gogh's "Sunflowers" from the collection of Sompo Museum of Art. Thank you very much. We will make careful use of the donation and deliver necessary support.

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[Media Coverage] Interview with JPF Co-Chairperson, Takeshi Komino (Seikyo Shimbun)

23rd March 2022

  • Listening survey at a temporary shelter in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova ©PWJListening survey at a temporary shelter in Chisinau, the capital of Moldova ©PWJ

An interview with JPF Co-Chairperson, Takeshi Komino was featured in the March 23 edition of Seikyo Shimbun's "Living in Times of Crisis," an intellectual interview. In the article, he talks about JPF's efforts to respond to the fluid situation of the crisis in Ukraine and to realize prompt humanitarian assistance while protecting people's dignity. Please take a moment to read it.

Click here for an electronic version of the article (Japanese Only)

People displaced outside Ukraine

23rd March 2022

  • At the Lwowska Refugee Reception Center in Poland (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)At the Lwowska Refugee Reception Center in Poland (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)

Poland has the largest influx of refugees from Ukraine. A video capturing the people who have fled to the country is shown at the top of this page. Please take a look.

Increase in Displaced Persons to Romania

22nd March 2022

  • Romanian firefighters welcoming arriving evacuees (8th March) (Credit: Alfredo D╲'amato/DEC)Romanian firefighters welcoming arriving evacuees (8th March) (Credit: Alfredo D\'amato/DEC)

The number of people displaced from Ukraine to neighboring countries has reached 3.48 million (as of March 20), with more than half (2 million) fleeing to Poland, and more than 500,000 to Romania. JPF member NGOs have also begun surveys in Romania, and will work with local organizations to identify support needs and provide prompt and effective assistance.

Humanitarian Aid Initiatives in Collaboration with EAA

18th March 2022

  • isplaced Ukrainians arriving in Siret, Romani (Credit: Alfredo D╲'amato/DEC)isplaced Ukrainians arriving in Siret, Romani
    (Credit: Alfredo D\'amato/DEC)

JPF is a member of the Emergency Appeals Alliance (EAA), which works with NGOs around the world to raise funds for humanitarian relief efforts. We are working hard to appeal to the public.

Click here to read the press release by EAA

Initial Survey in Moldova

17th March 2022

  • In Palanka on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border (9th March) ©PWJIn Palanka on the Moldovan-Ukrainian border (9th March) ©PWJ

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ), a JPF member NGO, is conducting a survey of aid needs in Moldova and distributing emergency supplies. As the number of refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries reaches 3 million, 340,000 people have entered Moldova. The economic situation in Moldova is not good, and there are concerns about the capacity of aid, so the support of outside organizations is important.

Donations are now being accepted through Yahoo! Net Donation

16th March 2022

  • At a temporary shelter in the city of Chisinau, Moldova (10th March) ©PWJAt a temporary shelter in the city of Chisinau, Moldova (10th March) ©PWJ

JPF is also accepting donations for JPF "Response to Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis" through Yahoo! net Donation. The number of internally displaced persons and refugees to neighboring countries in Ukraine continues to increase, and ceasefire negotiations have not been concluded. Amidst the ongoing chaos, there is a need for support that is close to those who are placed in vulnerable situations.

Click here to visit the Yahoo! Net Donation site

[Media Coverage] What we can do in the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine: RONZA

15th March 2022

  • Eight-year-old girl waiting at a temporary refugee reception center (2nd March) (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)Eight-year-old girl waiting at a temporary refugee reception center (2nd March) (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)

Yuko Shibata, Director of JPF's Emergency Response Department, contributed an article on the situation in Ukraine to the Asahi Shimbun's digital magazine, RONZA. She wrote about the situation in Ukraine and neighboring countries, the support required, and what each and every one of us can do. Please take a moment to read it.

Click here to read the article (Japanese Only)

JPF has decided to provide assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and is conducting an initial survey. We will continue to accurately assess aid needs and implement appropriate assistance.

Click here for Special Page of the JPF Emergency Assistance to Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis (Japanese Only)

Significant expansion of emergency assistance

14th March 2022

  • Temporary refugee reception center in Medica, Poland (9th March) (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)Temporary refugee reception center in Medica, Poland (9th March) (Credit: Anthony Upton/DEC)

Due to the increasing number of Ukrainian refugees and the decision by the Japanese government to provide emergency humanitarian assistance, JPF has decided to significantly expand its emergency assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.Due to the increasing number of Ukrainian refugees and the decision by the Japanese government to provide emergency humanitarian assistance, JPF has decided to significantly expand its emergency assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.

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Refugees continue to flow into neighboring countries

10th March 2022

  • Research in the Polish-Ukrainian border town of Hrebenne ©PWJResearch in the Polish-Ukrainian border town of Hrebenne ©PWJ

The outflow of refugees from Ukraine to neighboring countries continues: as of March 10, they were in Poland (1.2 million), Hungary (200,000), Slovakia (150,000), Romania (90,000), Moldova (80,000), other European countries (240,000), Russia (100,000), Belarus (600). JPF and its member NGOs are preparing to provide appropriate assistance in Ukraine and abroad, in cooperation and coordination with local organizations.

Crowdfunding for "Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis 2022" is now open!

9th March 2022

Crowdfunding for

JPF has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for its activities in support of the JPF "Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis 2022". We will unite our hearts and minds with civil society around the world to provide support to those in distress in Ukraine and neighboring countries such as Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, and others. Please support us in our crowdfunding efforts so that we can deliver the necessary support to Ukraine and neighboring countries.

Click here to visit the READYFOR website (Japanese Only)

Decision on the "Ukraine Humanitarian Crisis 2022" Assistance Program

7th March 2022

  • Independence Square in Kiev (Photographed in 2017)Independence Square in Kiev (Photographed in 2017)

JPF has decided to provide humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Ukraine, where Russia's military invasion has caused more than 1.5 million refugees. We have also begun accepting donations with a view to responding to the prolonged crisis. We would appreciate your support by making a donation.

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14 March 2022 (Press Release)

On March 14, Japan Platform (JPF), an emergency humanitarian aid organization, has decided to significantly expand its emergency assistance to the Ukraine humanitarian crisis in response to the growing number of displaced persons and the Japanese government's decision to provide a total of US$100 million for "Emergency Humanitarian Assistance in Ukraine and Neighboring Countries."

This decision was made in response to the following two factors: 1) the number of persons fleeing Ukraine and arriving in neighboring countries has reached approximately 2.7 million and is growing*1 , and 2) the Japanese government has decided on March 11, 2022, to provide US$100 million in emergency humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and neighboring countries (Poland, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia, and Romania) through "six international organizations" and "Japanese NGOs through JPF."*2 Regarding this second factor, US$14.1 million (or about 1.5 billion yen) will be provided to JPF as a representative of Japanese private humanitarian aid organizations. Given this decision, on March 14, JPF significantly expands its emergency assistance to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, which we had already begun on March 7. By further strengthening cooperation with member NGOs and mobilizing the power of Japanese NGOs, JPF will provide assistance more quickly and effectively than ever before.

United Nations estimates that US$1.7 billion (about 195 billion yen) will be needed for humanitarian assistance to Ukraine and neighboring countries*3. JPF also expects that approximately 2 billion yen will eventually be required as support from JPF, as the support needs are expected to be prolonged. Therefore, we will make our utmost efforts to provide assistance to those affected by this humanitarian crisis, while at the same time continue to raise awareness among the public that we will be in need of more donations.

Please find below the descriptions of our three main points with regards to this program expansion.

1) Representing Japanese Private Humanitarian Aid Organizations

According to the "Emergency Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine and Neighboring Countries" announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan on March 11, 2022, Japanese government will provide a total of US$100 million in emergency humanitarian assistance through "six international organizations" and "Japanese NGOs through JPF." Outside of international organizations, JPF will receive funding as a representative of Japanese private humanitarian aid organizations. c [Note: The following excerpts are from the press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on March 11, 2022.]

1. Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance via International Organizations

  • The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR): US$25.6 million
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): US$15.1 million
  • United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): US$14.2 million
  • United Nations World Food Programme (WFP): US$14 million
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM): US$12 million
  • United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA): US$5 million

2. Japan’s Humanitarian Assistance through Japanese NGOs, via Japan Platform (JPF): US$14.1 million

2) Mobilizing the Power of Japanese NGOs

As of March 7, when we first launched our response to this crisis at JPF, four of the 42 JPF member NGOs had decided to mobilize; in response to this expansion, additional ten NGOs are considering mobilization. As a result, the number of NGOs planning to mobilize is 14 in total, or 3.5 times more than prior to the expansion of the emergency assistance program.

By bringing together the various strengths of each member NGO, JPF aims to provide the best and most comprehensive support to Ukraine and neighboring countries.

3) Expansion of JPF Emergency Assistance

Based on 1) and 2) above, as of March 14, 2022, JPF has expanded its emergency assistance program to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine as shown in the table below. The duration of assistance has been doubled and the budget for humanitarian relief activities has increased by approximately 3.3 times.

  Initial Program as of
March 7, 2022
Current Program as of
March 14, 2022
Term 6 months (Initial Response Period) 1 year (first 6 months as Initial Response Period)
Budget 600 million yen expected 2 billion yen expected
(=1.5 billion yen in government funds,
initial 30 million yen in private funds,
+ increased total funds depending on donations)
Locations Ukraine, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, Romania, etc.
Content Food, Shelter/NFI, WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene), health, education, protection Food, Shelter/NFI, WASH (water, sanitation & hygiene), health, education, protection; expanding aid content as needed depending on future developments.
  • * We are currently conducting an initial assessment of support needs in the areas targeted for aid provision. Based on assessment results, we will promptly enhance our support.
  • * Contents of the above table will be reviewed as necessary and are subject to change based on future developments.
  • * Assistance within Ukraine will be provided on condition that safety and freedom of movement of the staff are ensured.

*1 UNHCR, Ukraine Refugee Situation
*2 Emergency Humanitarian Assistance for Ukraine and Neighboring Countries (Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release, originally in Japanese, March 11, 2022)
*3 UN seeks $1.7 billion as humanitarian needs soar in Ukraine and neighbouring countries (March 1, 2022)

7 March 2022 (Press Release)

Japan Platform (JPF; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo) - an emergency humanitarian aid organization established in 2000 in partnership among NGOs, the government, and the business community - decided to provide humanitarian assistance in Ukraine where Russia's military invasion has created over 1.5 million refugees. We have also begun to call for donations, looking ahead to the possibilities of responding to a prolonged crisis.
JPF calls for an immediate ceasefire to the conflict. United with civil society in Ukraine and around the world, we are committed to providing assistance that maximizes Japan's public-private partnerships.

<Overview>

  • Since the Russian military invasion on February 24, a ceasefire agreement has yet to be reached. UN agencies estimate that 18 million people in Ukraine will be affected in the coming months, 6.7 million of whom will be internally displaced*1, while the number of those who have become refugees in neighboring countries, which has already surpassed 1.5 million*2, may exceed 4 million*3. They also claim that $1.7 billion (around 19.5 billion yen) will be needed to provide humanitarian aid*4.
  • On February 25, JPF decided that its member NGOs conduct an initial assessment, ascertaining aid needs and procurement of supplies in Ukraine and neighboring countries. Within Ukraine in particular, while the injured are in need of medical treatment, problems have been identified such as water and electricity outages due to the destruction of infrastructure, and shortages of medical supplies due to stagnant distribution. In addition, we have identified possible support needs for food, NFIs, temporary housing, water and sanitation, medical care, and mental health care for the internally displaced persons and refugees who have fled to neighboring countries.
  • Due to the ban on adult males (between ages 18 and 60) leaving the country, most refugees are women, children, and the elderly. In times of conflict, it is essential to provide protection and considerations for those who are more vulnerable, and in providing assistance, special attention should be paid to the more vulnerable persons as well as careful considerations for Protection from Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH).
  • JPF member NGOs will provide assistance in Ukraine and neighboring countries such as Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Moldova, and Romania, where there is concern for further influx of refugees. In full cooperation and coordination with relevant authorities and partners, we will respond flexibly to any deterioration or prolongation of the situation and provide assistance with the highest priority given to the human rights and protection of those facing difficult circumstances in this crisis. Updates will be posted on the JPF website and social media.

*1 OCHA, Ukraine : Humanitarian Impact Situation Report (6 March 2022)
*2 UNHCR, Ukraine Refugee Situation
*3 UNHCR, Ukraine Situation: Regional Refugee Response Plan (1 March 2022)
*4 UN seeks $1.7 billion as humanitarian needs soar in Ukraine and neighbouring countries (1 March 2022)

Program Overview

Term 1 year (first 6 months as Initial Response Period)
Budget 2 billion yen expected (=1.5 billion yen in government funds, initial 30 million yen in private funds, + increased total funds depending on donations)
Locations Ukraine, Hungary, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, etc.
Content Food, Shelter/NFI, WASH, Health, Education, Protection; expanding aid content as needed depending on future developments.
  • * Term, budget, and locations subject to change based on future developments.
  • * Assistance within Ukraine will be provided on condition that safety and freedom of movement of the staff are ensured.
*Term and program budget have been updated (14 March 2022).
Term: [Original] 6 months (Initial Response Period), [Updated] 1 year (first 6 months as Initial Response Period)
Budget: [Original] 600 million yen expected, [Updated] 2 billion yen expected (=1.5 billion yen in government funds, initial 30 million yen in private funds, + increased total funds depending on donations)

Donating to JPF Response to Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis 2022

Name of bank
MUFG Bank, Ltd (Swift Code: BOTKJPJT)
Branch
Head Office
Type of account
Saving
Account number
1756525
Name of account holder
Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform
Bank Address
2-7-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 100-8388, Japan
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If you would like to contribute to the funding for emergency initial assessments of potential future disasters and conflicts, please support us by making a general donation. *Donations to this account will go towards JPF activities in general, not to specific programs such as the "Response to Ukrainian Humanitarian Crisis 2022".

General Donations

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Japan Post Bank
Bank Code and account
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Name of account holder
Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform
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International Remittance

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TOKUHI JAPAN PLATFORM
(Specified Nonprofit Corporation Japan Platform)
Bank name
MUFG Bank, Ltd
Branch
Head Office
Type of account
Saving
Swift code
BOTKJPJT
Account
Saving
Account No.
1732850
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