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OUR CAUSES

 

Munakata Foundation was registered in February 2019 based on the Act on General Incorporated Associations and General Incorporated Foundations (Japan). From the very beginning, we aim at supporting minorities who are not covered by the media or major donors.

 

Based on our “Articles of Association”, Munakata Foundation works in 4 different areas.

DIVERSITY SUPPORT

While same-sex marriage is permitted in 20 percent of the world, there are still 69 countries that criminalize homosexuality. Munakata Grant supports people who are forced out from their community and become refugees due to sexual orientation or gender identity. Grant also reached over 1,000 transgender women who lost their livelihood during the lockdown of COVID-19.   

MINORITY SUPPORT

You may see video and photos of “girls’ trafficking survivors”, but there is not much documentation or data about “boys’ trafficking survivors”. Similarly, Myanmar’s Rohingya refugees have been widely reported, but there is little support for Bangladeshi communities that have accepted more refugees than the population. Munakata Grant reaches to male trafficking survivors and Rohingya refugees’ host communities. 

GIRL CHILD EDUCATION

In most rural areas of developing countries, girls are dropping out of public schools mostly after their puberty (menstruation) starts. Munakata Grant supports secondary education for girls who are trafficking survivors. Foundation also plans to develop a programming boot camp curriculum for non-formal education along with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in 2021. 

POVERTY ALLEVIATION

Approximately 700 million people worldwide still live in poverty for less than $ 1.90 a day, of which more than 85% live in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. The goals such as “Let’s eliminate poverty” and “Zero hunger” are the first and second development goals of the SDGs. The Munakata Foundation supports youth entrepreneurship in Madagascar and community development and women’s income growth in Mozambique villages. It is also COVID-19 compliant and provides additional support, especially for poor women and girls.

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