WHEELCHAIRS OPEN UP A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES
FOR OUR CHILDREN

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.
Director: Yang Yiping – Professor, Aichi Shukutoku University
Director: Kumi Sato – Professor, Kinjo Gakuin University
Director: Kyoko Terada – Professor, Ohka Gakuen University
Director: Shinya Kato – Manager, General Affairs Department, DENSO Co., Ltd.
Director – Kotaro Fujiwara, Former Principal, Anjo Special Needs School
Auditor: Tadashi Iwasaki – Former President, DENSO Taiyo Co., Ltd.
Auditor: 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 Wheel
Factory 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.
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 with
disabilities in Pakistan.
2013 WAFCA started a project in Yunnan, China.
2014 WAFCA Indonesia (WAFCAI) was established as a local foundation in Jakarta to provide
wheelchair service in Indonesia.
2015 Masaoka Fund under the WAFCAT wheelchair project to commemorate Mr. Isao Masaoka who
served for WAFCAT as the vice-chairman and passed away in January 2015.
2017 Wheelchair Dance activities 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

Contact Us

C/O FUREAI PLAZA YUKISO, 1-2 TSUKASA-CHO, KAIRYA, AICHI
448-0834 JAPAN
+81 (0)566 23 5822
wafca@jp.denso.com

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