Our mission is to foster an interconnected society in which everyone can thrive, in peace and harmony.
Who we are
JIPPO is a non-government organization (NGO) established in 2008 by Jodo Shinshu Hongwanji-ha, a Japanese Buddhist sect, in Japan. JIPPO operates as a ’dependent origination,’ in conformity with the fundamental Buddhist principal that all things in our world are interdependent and interconnected. Aligned with a wish of Shinran, the denominational founder, “May there be peace in the world,” we promote positive and supportive exchanges between individuals and groups of all regions of society.
NPO JIPPO denotes to ‘ten-directions,’ in Japanese which indicates all directions and expresses existing “everywhere” at once.
To promote a society in which each individual member respects one another with dignity for all. We acknowledge each individual as being unique and encourage each to live life to the fullest as demonstrated through actions aimed at the following objectives: facilitating world-wide peace, eliminating poverty and reducing environmental issues in under-developed regions, and providing disaster relief and reconstruction for all areas of need.
We import tea and coffee through fair-trade, to be sold in Japan, to support disadvantaged producers and provide them with stable income for their profit. We believe in the importance of developing positive relationships between producers and customers in the fair-trade business, which may significantly increase the quality of products and consumer satisfaction. We support independent, environmental-friendly and organic farming.
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Uva tea
Sri Lanka has suffered from disparities in wealth and human-rights potentially related to conditions of their plantation system, which remains since her colonial period. Fair trade could provide a new marketing system.
Self-employment survey: Uva tea farmers, Sri Lanka Report
From first establishment, JIPPO has supported fair trade efforts from a tea plantation at “Green Field” in Haputale, Uva Sri Lanka. In addition, to help support local farmers and residents, JIPPO helped provide training programs for kindergarten teachers and resources for classroom building renovations. However, these support efforts did not seem to increase the quality of life of the workers. JIPPO members began to hypothesize that it will be important for independent farmers, who do not depend on larger plantation production, to be sustainable in Sri Lanka. To investigate, we created a life satisfaction survey in attempt to gather relative information from self-employed farmers. JIPPO was able to receive a 2013 fiscal year grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Self-employed farmers in Haldummulla, Uva Province, were interviewed.
Haldummulla is located 10 km from Haputale, where JIPPO currently conducts fair trade support business. Operations manager, Mr. Gamini, at the Need Wood black tea plantation, agreed with the purpose of the investigation and was very cooperative. Interviews with local farmers in Haldummulla provided findings. Information revealed that most famers report being unable to support themselves and families with just income from tea farming, so more than one family member will seek work outside the farm lands. For instance, three of the five family members would seek work abroad. The number of Sri Lankan migrant workers comprise of the highest propotion in Asia. However, commuting to west Asia for work can be dangerous and result in tragic loss for parents of young migrant workers. Interviewers witnessed fearful communications via daily phone and skype calls between parents and migrant offspring at times. We now believe that if local farmers are able to earn increased amounts through agricultural production, their sons and daughters would not need to migrate for supplemental survival income.
However, their surroundings and resource limitations make it difficult for farmers to become locally sustainable. It seems that small-scale self-employed tea farmers sell their product at minimal prices due to lack of organized trade systems, commercializing and educational skills. The hope is to provide support for farmers to help improve their cultivation technology and quality management skills for being able to contract independently within trade markets.
JIPPO envisions that plantation laborers would be able to transition to become small-holding self-employed farmers, as one way to improve their economy and reduce poverty.
As a support organization, we hope to continue support initiatives that will increase the quality of life for plantation workers investigated and in all areas in such need.
The Democratic Republic of East Timor: Coffee
Agriculture is a major industry in East Timor, where 90% of her population are engaged. After petroleum, coffee is the second largest product for export. In support of helping to get a stable income, JIPPO has developed a fair trade relationship for coffee import and sell.
JIPPO conducts study tours in which participants are able to visit various sites of its contribution operations to interact with the local recipients. This provides opportunities for participants to experience life among foreign cultures and conditions. It may foster a broader value perspective on life.
JIPPO held study tour ‘Visiting Plantation and People’s Living in Sri Lanka’.
Participants visited Haputale, famous production area of Uva tea, one of the World’s three main tea products. Participants also visited local crops of young tea trees and were able to experience the process of hand-picking the leaves. Participants interacted with young kindergarten students who JIPPO supports in Haputale. They also took part in an opportunity to visit a traditional furniture factories and elderly care facility in MORATUWA city, a metropolitan Colombo suburb.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka: Tour of tea plantations.
The JIPPO study tours
The Past tours
August 29- September 5, 2015
August 23- 31, 2014
East Timor & Bali
August 2- 10, 2014
August 22- 29, 2013
East Timor & Bali
August 5- August 13, 2013
March 3- March 12, 2013
August 25- September 1, 2012
February 2- 9, 2012
August 22- August 30, 2011
January 26- 31, 2011
February 7- 16, 2011
August 19- 26, 2010
February 7- 16, 2010
September 1- 9, 2009
Disaster relief and restoration
We organize efforts to raise funds for relief and restoration from serious natural disasters in the world, also in collaboration with other NGOs.
The Republic of the Philippines: Samburawan Elementary School in SanIsidro Leyte reconstruction project after devastation by Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines
Completion ceremony: 2016 April 19
Project start: April 1, 2014
The beneficiaries are 126 students and their families.
Construction of 3 classroom and toilets, set up of 120 study chairs with tables and blackboard.
Cost: 14.38 million yen.
We provided the learning environment, and will look to continue supporting good conditions for sustainable learning, where children may not drop out of school.
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan: Following a devastating flood in Pakistan in 2010, we partnered with a local NGO to build a flood-proof wall in the Basho villages of Skardu district in 2010.
The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka
JIPPO has provided support for the operation of a local kindergarten school. Mothers who work at tea estates are able to have their children attend school during work hours. Sanitary bathrooms and playground equipment have been installed and training for teachers is being provided.
As a result of civil war, there are many orphans in desperate need of support. In response, JIPPO is organizing a vocational training program on farming to support adult orphans for developing occupational and life skills
The Islamic Republic of Pakistan
Reckless deforestation resulted in desertification and devastating water shortage. Consuming contaminated water can result in major health issues and chronic disease. GRACE (NGO), a local residents’ committee and JIPPO partnered efforts to provide wells for drinking water and educational program for sanitary practices.
Supports in Japan
Support for homeless people.
We organize a monthly visit to riverside areas of Kyoto, where student volunteers from the Ryukoku University provide supportive service and the living necessities along with JIPPO staff.
Reconstruction Assistance from the Great East Japan Earthquake
１.We invited around 100 children survivors in Fukushima-prefecture to participate in outdoor activities.
２.We support purchasing of local farmed goods grown in Fukushima-prefecture.
Fiscal year 2013: JIPPO Bazaar Implementation Report
The annual JIPPO bazaar was held January 11-13th, 2014 at the Monbo-Hall south parking lot. Items sold included food, daily necessities, clothing, etc. Sales were prosperous and customers report looking forward to the next event. Proceeds totaled 152, 580 yen, which JIPPO intends to utilize to fund a well digging support project for the Kwardu valley in Pakistan. JIPPO members are very thankful to all participants and donors for their time and generosity.
JIPPO Bazaar Report
The annual JIPPO bazaar was held January 9 – 13th, 2016. Many of our members and others donated items to include daily necessities. JIPPO members are very thankful to all participants and donors for their time and generosity.
There was a successful turn out this year, including many of the mother temple visitors, who stopped to browse. Ten young student volunteers from Ryukoku University and Kyoto Women’s University helped manage sales operations. Items sold also included rapeseed oil made in Minami Soma, where the East Japan Earthquake caused much damage. Moreover, we opened the temporary café, where fair trade products were used, at the bazaar. It was a very beautiful and meaningful event.
This year’s proceeds totaled 136,900 yen, which JIPPO will carefully manage as charitable funds.
３.We started a project to raise rapeseeds (original Japanese: nanohana) which could remove pollution from soil contaminated by radioactivity (particularly, caesium-137).
Project ‘Nano-hana’ report
On May 18, 2015, JIPPO organized a cherry blossom viewing event in support of its ‘Rapeseeds’ (original Japanese translation: “nano-hana”) project. The event featured agency supported farmers from the Rapeseeds fields of Odaka Ward in Minami Soma. Project ‘Nano-hana’ aims to provide cultivation support for the recovery of agriculture in the city of Minami Soma, after damage by radioactive contamination from a nuclear power plant accident. Resulting from support efforts by JIPPO, about 15 hectares of farm production on Ebisawa farm in Odaka Ward of Rapeseeds have provided an abundance of growth.
The “Hanami meeting" was a gathering of about 30 attendees, whom gathered from Minami-Soma, in and around Kyoto, Yamagata, Sendai, and other parts of Japan. Japanese tempura was prepared from different edible wild plants brought together and rapeseed oil made last year. Rapeseed farms expect to provide harvest in late June then pressed into oil for sale. JIPPO intends to support rapeseed oil sales as a new Minami Soma specialty product.
4.We have provided 38 air conditioning units in local high school classrooms.
JIPPO’s seventh year anniversary event report
On November 7, 2015, JIPPO held an event to gather its members and present annual activities reports. Vice president of JIPPO, Takao Honda provided an opening greeting for participants in attendance. Then, senior managing director Hisashi Nakamura reported on JIPPO’s annual activity reports. He acknowledged new staff working on our fare trade business from first establishment. In addition, he reported on a transitional period for our program supporting homeless populations, in cooperation with Ryukoku University and NPO Activity Center volunteers in Kyoto. Volunteer’s efforts to provide aid for homeless enduring winter weather conditions were also acknowledged.
There were special guest speakers Mr. and Mrs. Ryoiti Sato sharing their related experiences as survivors of the East Japan Earthquake. After the Nuclear Power Plant accident, agricultural land suffered much damage and local residents were unable to return to their homes to tend to their crops.
Singer Mai Fukui (who supports our Fukushima projects) and Mika Gorai from Fukushima Prefecture performed songs with so touching that it brought some attendees to tears.
Attendees enjoyed socializing and refreshments to include fruits and pickles donated from Fukushima and tea and coffee fare trade products. Mr. Sato, who is a farmer in Fukushima, displayed and sold new products which support Fukushima now available for JIPPO charitable sales. We thank everyone for their wonderful feedback and support!
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