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The mission of the Interpath Project is to advance education, global health, human rights and provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene to desperate communities. We pursue this mission by raising awareness, organizing events, providing study and volunteer programs and funding projects.
The rapidly evolving and developing world has contributed to greater world prosperity and interdependence resulting in a global village of diverse social, political, economic, and cultural influences. As education and innovation propel development, quality education and learning play a crucial role in empowering learners, creating individual and national success, and bringing about social cohesion.
Rapid economic development has brought about vast improvement in the health care industry with some traditional health metrics, such as infant mortality rate and infectious disease rate among others, decreasing while life expectancy across the board is increasing. How can we ensure the equitable and efficient allocation of health-related resources globally to meet basic needs and emergencies? What role can policy makers play in creating affordable universal health care?
Human rights, which are deeply intertwined with a nation’s social, political, and economic rights, are critical to a nation’s wellbeing and global peace. Unfortunately, the problems facing them today are widespread and complex, challenging customs and prejudices that are deeply ingrained in the social fabric of a society. At the forefront in the battle for equality today are women, indigenous people, and minorities, to name a few.
Twenty five years ago, the Brundtland report – formally titled “Our Common Future” – launched the concept of sustainable development. At the heart of the concept of sustainable development lie two interrelated challenges: how to address our growth needs, in particular those of the developing countries, given the limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on our ability to meet present and future needs.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH)
Water, declared a basic human right essential to the enjoyment of life and all other human rights by the UN, is inextricably linked to a nation’s health, economy and environment, yet today over 780 million people lack access to clean water and nearly 1.9 billion lack adequate sanitation. The stark contrast between developed and developing nations amplifies the current water and sanitation crisis.
We organize small, focused conferences, symposiums and workshops on a broad range of topics and issues throughout the year. Our events are great at bringing people together in relaxed learning environments to network, share and raise awareness.
We offer two programs that cover a range of issues such as peace and human rights to environmental sustainability and development.
Peace and Human Rights Education Program
This program is conducted in conjunction with our special events held in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The program sponsors lectures from survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. In addition, field trips to Hiroshima Peace Park with tours provided by Japanese residents of Hiroshima are provided for free to program participants with the objective of understanding basic human rights such as freedom from fear, as well as the virtues of peace of conflict resolution. Due to the popularity of this program, we must limit the number of participants and kindly ask that you apply in advance, if you are interested.
Sustainability is a term of recent origin with widespread contemporary saliency. In its popular use, sustainability tends to focus mostly on issues of natural environment. The lens of environmental sustainability raises questions such as:
Can the natural world recover from damage caused by human activity at a rate faster than the damage is done? Is the use of natural resources at a rate that is compatible with their regeneration? What changes in human practice can lead to long-term availability of necessary natural resources?
Our program involves excursions and tours of municipal facilities and companies in Japan to see and learn how environmental measures are being conducted. Excursions include visiting the Asahi Beverage Plant, the Mazda Auto Plant, the Toyota Auto Plant and the Hiroshima Municipal Waste Disposal Incinerator.
Due to the popularity of this program, we must limit the number of participants and kindly ask that you apply in advance, if you are interested.
We support two projects that cover a range of issues such as clean water and disease prevention to supporting quality education and providing school supplies to children in rural communities.
Operation WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene)
Today, an estimated one in nine people still does not have access to safe drinking water, and more than half of the diseases in the world are caused by inadequate sanitation and unclean water. Waterborne diseases are one of the top killers of children under five and one of the major drivers of malnutrition. Interpath Project is raising awareness and educating others to improve the health of vulnerable children and families around the world, and preventing needless child deaths, by working in partnership with communities to strengthen infrastructure and systems to provide safe water, sanitation, and proper hygiene.
2019 Goal: Raising 100,000 JPY for the Supporting the Parasitic Research Institute at Suranee University of Technology and Hopsital in Nakhon Ramsa, Thailand
Funding Source: Interpath Project Walk for Water
Inquiries: wash.project (at) interpathproject.org
Operation READ (Rural Education Assistance and Development)
It is often said the poverty has its biggest impact on the education of children. While poverty exists throughout the world, rural and mountainous areas tend to be the most impoverished. In rural communities, children often must walk several kilometers on unpaved roads and in the rain to reach their school, which often doesn’t have basic school supplies. Through our Rural Education Assistance and Development project, we are working to provide school children in Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam with waterproof backpacks, rain gear and general school supplies.
2019 Goal: Providing 50 Waterproof Backpacks with Supplies to Indonesia
Funding Source: Interpath Project Charity Auction and Reception for Peace
Inquiries: read.project (at) interpathproject.org