HFW calls for people to consider global hunger as their own issue and to take action.
A Ugandan living in Japan cooks at Ugandan cooking event for fund-raising as a member of Uganda team
HFW considers it is necessary for individuals in Japan to do something he/she can do in order to create a world free from hunger. We strive to enable people from all walks of life, regardless of age, sex, where they live to participate in activities of HFW.
Over 20,000 people from Hokkaido to Okinawa send redeemable goods such as unposted postcard to HFW. One postcard is cashed in around \43 and used for activities of HFW. Nearly half of annual income comes from the collecting redeemable goods and cashing them.
Some people join volunteer teams that support specific countries like Bangladesh, Benin, and Uganda. The members of the team can experience cultures of respective countries such as cuisine and music through their activities. Some people who share common hobby or live in the same area organize themselves into Hunger Free Clubs. Postcards collected are also sorted out and counted by volunteers. Others who wish to contribute with their professional skills work as pro bono translators, graphic or web designers.
Participants get into characters of residents of 12 countries and regions, give food and financial aid, sell or buy food
HFW believes that it is important to change individual behavior in order to create a hunger free world. We carry out activities designed to raise awareness on the theme of “Global Hunger and My Eating Habit” such as exhibiting panels on the theme at various events and also try to reduce garbage in cooperation with restaurants.
HFW also facilitates Ending Hunger Game (EHG) throughout Japan so that people can learn the great gap between the rich and the poor which was decided by where you were born, and the situation can be changed if the people cooperate each other. EHG is a simulation game played on a huge world map where participants act as residents of 12 countries and regions and consider what they can do to create a world without hunger.
Co-organized ‘People’s TICAD’ in 2008. African NGO representatives, invited on the occasion of TICAD IV, and Japanese NGO members exchange opinions with the audience
HFW also advocates to change the structure of the world that creates hunger. Networking with other NGOs, we call for enhancing programs to resolve the problems of hunger and poverty, in particular achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs.)
2008 G8 Summit NGO Forum delivered wishes of citizens written in strips of papers to then PM Fukuda. (Photo by FURUYA Hitoshi)
HFW has participated in wide-range of networks including “2008 G8 Summit NGO Forum” that was organized for Toyako summit meeting held in 2008 in Hokkaido, Japan.
Currently, we are a member of “Ugoku/Ugokasu (GCAP Japan)” and take part in organizing STAND UP, a global campaign to call for achievement of MDGs.
Employees experience volunteering by counting postage stamps in their own company
HFW also believes that efforts by citizens and national governments are not enough to create a hunger free world, but it is necessary for business corporation and various associations to participate in the efforts.
In collaboration with the business and associations, it expands not only the opportunity for consumers, employees and labor union members to make donation, but also gives them chance to learn activities of HFW and global hunger situation. Therefore, HFW co-organizes various fund-raising events and programs with the business and associations for these people to experience volunteering.
HFW took to the podium in Yokohama in a symposium cosponsored by Japan TICAD V NGO Contact Group and the Africa Japan Forum.
Feb. 9. 2013 – WATANABE, Kiyotaka, Executive Director of HFW took to the podium in Yokohama in a symposium... Read more