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About WAFCA

WHO WE ARE

WAFCA is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO), headquartered in Aichi, Japan.
It was established in 1999 as part of a social contribution project to commemorate *DENSO Corporation’s 50th year anniversary.

We provide wheelchairs and educational programs and services for
children with disabilities and their families to live a life with
increased independence.

WAFCA’s project began in Thailand in partnership with WAFCA Thailand (WAFCAT) at the regional level, originally where DENSO established its first overseas manufacturing factory.

*DENSO is a leading supplier of advanced automotive technology, systems and components for all the world’s major automakers.
DENSO established a NPO WAFCA in April 1999, which was the first NPO established by a private corporation in Japan.

MISSION & VISION

MISSION STATEMENT

The United Nations (UN) Convention has affirmed that every person with disabilities should be respected for their inherent dignity with full and equal human rights and freedom.

However, approximately 15% of the world’s population is individuals with disabilities – over one billion people, and 80% of whom currently reside in developing countries. Many children with disabilities in these countries still cannot receive adequate educational service as compared to other children.

To respond to their needs, WAFCA contributes to an inclusive and barrier-free society for children with disabilities by providing wheelchairs.

We also aim to provide rights-based educational support for childrenwith disabilities to be integrated into the main stream of society, and to have equal opportunities as with other children without disabilities.

WAFCA’s official logo shows two people facing with each other in a wheelchair, which describe the mission of WAFCA.

VISION 2030

Stay close with each of children with disabilities in Asia,
and work through planning and developing feasible environment leading their independence.

LEADERSHIP

Chairman: Katsutoshi Enokida – Professor Emeritus of Aichi Shukutoku UniversityProfessor Enokida got involved in WAFCA’s establishment and has served as the chairman since 2000.

He has more than 40 years of working and teaching experience in volunteer management and international exchange programs, youth development and cross-culturalcommunication.

Vice-Chairman Junetsu Komatsu Former Executive Director of Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation
Director Keiji Matsunaga President, Nissin Medical Industries Co., Ltd.
Yang Yiping Professor, Aichi Shukutoku University
Kumi Sato Professor, Kinjo Gakuin University
Kyoko Terada Professor, Ohka Gakuen University
Shinya Kato Manager, General Affairs Department, DENSO Co., Ltd.
Kotaro Fujiwara Former Principal, Anjo Special Needs School
Audito Tadashi Iwasaki Former President, DENSO Taiyo Co., Ltd.
Hiroomi Kambara Manager, Toyota Marketing Department, AIOI Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.

Our History

1999
WAFCA (Japan) and WAFCAT (Thailand) were concurrently established
2000
Thai Wheel Factory was established as the first wheelchair manufacturing base where persons with disabilities themselves produce wheelchairs in Thailand.
2002-2004
Wheelchair Manufacturing and Maintenance Skills Training was organized at Thai WheelFactory for persons with disabilities from some other Southeast Asian countries.
2003-2012
Education Support Project for Children with Disabilities was launched in cooperation with the EDF Japan and Thailand.
2005
Asia Cup of Wheelchair Basketball was organized during Expo 2005, Aichi, Japan.
2006
School Barrier-free Project was launched in Thailand. (2014 in Indonesia)
2007-2012
WAFCA launched a wheelchair support project in Beijing, China.span>
2009
Home Barrier-free Project was launched in Thailand.
2010
WAFCAT, Thai Wheel Factory, the Asia-Pacific Development Center on Disability (APCD), and the Thai International Airways collaborated in supporting 20 wheelchairs for flood victims withdisabilities in Pakistan.
2013
WAFCA started a project in Yunnan, China.
2014
WAFCA Indonesia (WAFCAI) was established as a local foundation in Jakarta to providewheelchair service in Indonesia.
2015
Masaoka Fund under the WAFCAT wheelchair project to commemorate Mr. Isao Masaoka whoserved for WAFCAT as the vice-chairman and passed away in January 2015.
2017
Wheelchair Danceactivities was launched for bedridden children in wheelchair and their family in Thailand and Indonesia.
2017
Education Support Fund for students with disabilities was established.
2019
Wheelchair Service Center of Samutprakarn was established in Thailand.

OUR PARTNERS

DENSO CORPORATION

AIOI NISSAY DOWA INSURANCE CO LTD

SDGs

Provide freedom of movement and educational opportunities with children with disabilities who live in poor villages and urban slums which do not receive support.
For health promotion and emotional stability of children with disabilities, provide wheelchairs corresponding to individual body and environment, and physical rehabilitation opportunities.
Provide high-quality educational opportunities with children with disabilities through granting scholarships on individual's needs basis, and individual counselling and training on entering or choosing a school.
Provide barrier-free restrooms for schools of children with disabilities to allow all children to access to clean and safe restrooms.
For children with disabilities with learning motivation, provide continuous support including scholarships until they obtain opportunities to work or start business in the future.
In accordance with United Nation's Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, mainly defend human rights of persons with disabilities, and provide support on individual's needs basis.
Organize home environment of children with disabilities by providing barrier-free bathrooms, slopes, hallways, etc., and plan and develop communities in which children
with disabilities can peacefully and safely live.
With understanding and cooperation obtained from government, educational institutions, and corporations including DENSO Group, deliver full support to regions to which WAFCA alone cannot deliver.

Financial Report

Activity Report

September 2020

August 2020

July 2020

Contact Us

ADDRESS C/O FUREAI PLAZA YUKISO, 1-2 TSUKASA-CHO, KAIRYA, AICHI448-0834 JAPAN
TEL +81 (0)566 23 5822
MAIL wafca@jp.denso.com

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