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  RAFIQ's Monthly Activities in 2016

2017/1/29 update
< In December >
12/13(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
12/17(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's know more about refugees"
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
Introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
A preparatory committee meeting for the 2017 World Refugee Day
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
12/18(Sun) End-of-the-year party
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka.
12/19(Mon) Seminar on how refugees are supported in Finland
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
Speake:: Ms Yuko Kametani
12/20(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
12/26-1/9 LUSH and RAFIQ Refugee supporting campaign
Location: LUSH in TENNOJI MIO
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< In November >
11/1(Tue) RAFIQ has started a Facebook!
Your 'Like' is most welcome!!
11/6(Sun) Success in the application of a fund called Machi-Zukuri-Yume-Kikin, fund to develop a dream community
Organizer of the fund: Sakai City, Osaka
  • A RAFIQ representative presented our proposal of using the fund to promote refugee supporting activities..
11/8(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau.
11/12(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's know more about refugees"
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
Introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Nanmin House, Osaka
11/13(Sun) The 15th AGM of RAFIQ
Location: Kokuro Osaka Kaikan, Osaka
11/15'(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
11/19(Sat)
-3/18(Sat)
Special exhibition of refugees
Location:Osaka Human Rights Museum (Liberty Osaka)
datalis
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< In October>
10/18(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
10/28(Fri) Meeting of refugee supporters in Japan
Representatives from RAFIQ attended the meeting in Tokyo.
10/31(Sun) A tour to the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau organized by Amnesty International Japan and Kokunai-Jinken Network
  • 19 people including three RAFIQ members participated in the tour. After seeing a vacant residential room, a medical treatment room, and an exercise area, we asked questions.
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< In September >
9/10 (Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Nanmin House (Our new office in Higashi-Mikuni)
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Nanmin House (Our new office in Higashi-Mikuni).
9/13 (Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau.
9/20(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
10/15(Sat) RAFIQ Will Have a Booth at the "Takatsuki Food Fair" and at "Society Square"
Takatsuki Food Fair
Location: Takatsuki City
Organisers: The organising committees
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< In August>
8/6(Sat) IIntroductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
8/7(Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's Post-Mortem Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
(Organiser: The Organising Committee; Location; Osaka City)
8/9(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
8/10(Wwd) Workshop: Let's Build Nanmin House Together!
Location: Our New Office
  • We also cleaned our new office at Higashi-Mikuni, and brought materials to perform necessary repairs.
8/15 - 16
(Mon - Tue)
Workshop: Let's Build Nanmin House Together! Part 4
Location: Nanmin House (Our new office in Higashi-Mikuni)
  • Session plan: Relaying the floor; painting the upstairs balcony; discussing future plans. There will be a small gathering when the work is finished.
8/16(Tue)
Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
8/19(Fri) Guest Lecture at AIESEC, Kobe University
8/28(Sun) Workshop: Let's Build Nanmin House Together! Part 5
Location: Nanmin House (Our new office in Higashi-Mikuni)
  • Session plan: Cleaning; Making repairs; discussing future plans.
    Those with experience in construction and DIY are most welcome. Please bring slippers, working gloves, and something to drink.
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< In July >
7/9 (Sat) IIntroductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
7/12 (Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
7/13(Wed) Cleaning and Repairs at RAFIQ's New Office
(Location: Osaka)
7/18(Mon) A Working Team (WT) for our new office in Higashi-Mikuni was formed.
  • The WT is made up of members who live near the new office, and will deal with matters relating to its establishment until the end of September
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7/19(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
7/31(Sun) Workshop: Let's Build Nanmin House Together!
  • We also cleaned our new office at Higashi-Mikuni.
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<in June >
6/1(Wed) Recording of Kyoto Happy NPO! (Broadcast on 5th June)
See above for more details!
6/3(Fri) Guest Lecture for PASTEL, Ritsumeikan University
  • PASTEL is a refugee support organisation that started at Ritsumeikan University. It is made up of university students from the Kyoto area. Around 20 people attended the guest lecture, most of them new members. They listened intently and asked many questions to deepen their understanding
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6/5(Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's 6th Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
(Organiser: The Organising Committee; Location; Osaka City)
6/10(Fri) "My Home Wasn't Safe, I Escaped to Japan...", an article to which RAFIQ contributed appeared in the Asahi Shinbun newspaper!
6/11(Sat) IIntroductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
6/14(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
6/19(Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's 7th Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
(Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
World Refugee Day 2016: Volunteers Introduction
(Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki)
6/20(Mon) RAFIQ Feature on NHK Osaka's "News Hot Kansai" Programme
6/21(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
6/22(Wed) RAFIQ Attended "Nanmin Forum Open Day 2016
(Organiser: FRJ (Forum for Refugees Japan); Location: Tokyo)
  • 2 RAFIQ members attended. We discussed refugee-related issues and our support activities.
6/25(Sat) World Refugee Day 2016 West Japan Assembly Preparation Session (Organiser: The Organising Committee
Location: Takatsuki
6/26 (Sun) World Refugee Day 2016 West Japan Assembly
Information Report
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<In May >
5/1 (Sun) Spring Clean of RAFIQ's New Offices (Higashi-Mikuni, Yodogawa-ku, Osaka)
5/1 (Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's 5th Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
(Organiser: The Organising Committee; Location; Osaka City)
5/10 (Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
5/14 (Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki.
5/17(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
5/22(Sun) Workshop: Let's Build Nanmin House Together! Part 1
  • We listened to the experiences of refugees who had lived in our shelters, and asked them for advice. We'd like to make our office a place where both members and local people can interact and exchange opinions and information
5/27(Fri) Institute of Comparative Law Lecture: "Responding to the Crisis in International Refugee Protection" (Hoshino, Waseda University)
See above for more details!
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< In April >
4/3 (Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's 4th Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
Organiser: World Refugee Day West Japan Organising Committee
4/9 (Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki.
4/12 (Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
4/19(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
4/26(Tue) Written Demand Submitted to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
4/28(Thu) Guest Lecture at Konan Woman's University
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< In March >
3/8 (Tue) RAFIQ Interviews at the Osaka Immigration Centre
3/8(Tue) Attended a "Peace University" Lecture: The Refugee Crisis and What's Asked of Religious People
(Organiser: Global Religions Meeting for Peace; Japan Chapter/Kobe City)
3/15 (Tue) Nanmin Cafe SPECIAL EDITION! Meet Shankai!
  • Shankai is currently in his 4th year at Kwansei Gakuin University. He was born in Japan, to parents who were Burmese refugees. He will graduate this summer and move to Tokyo. He has done a lot of good work for RAFIQ - let's all celebrate his graduation together!
3/19 (Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki.
3/21
(Mon - Public Holiday)
Syrian Film Festival & Lecture Event
(Organiser: Takatsuki Citizens Action Network. Joint Organisers: RAFIQ, Sadaqa (Syrian Support Organisation)
  • RAFIQ's joint representative Keiko Tanaka attended the event to give a talk and get a panel discussion started. Many of the Japanese people who attended the panel discussion had had little contact with people from other countries. In particular, the only impression they had of Syria was that provided by TV news images of ISIS. ISIS members are a tiny minority in Syria - most people who live there are pretty similar to ordinary Japanese people.
    We also managed to let a few more people know about the global refugee situation and Japan's acceptance rate. The event was attended by JICA members and former members, as well as Syrian people who are studying in Japan. RAFIQ members helped to organise and run the event. Over 120 people attended, and all proceedings were donated to Sadaqa, the Syrian Support Organisation.
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3/22(Tue) CIVIL G7 Dialogue in Kyoto: Preparing for the G7 Summit in Ise Shima report
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< In February >
2/6-2/7
(Sat - Sun)
We will have a booth at the One World Festival
Organiser: Festival Organising Committee / Osaka City
  • The weather was great on both days, and the festival was a great success for us. Thank you to everyone who helped out. Throughout both days, people stopped at RAFIQ's booth and discussed refugee-related matters.
    19 people came to help us this year. We are grateful to them all. We distributed 600 RAFIQ leaflets as well as other literature. We also sold lots of the documentation and so on we had for sale. We also met some people and groups we hadn't seen for a long time, and were able to make new connections as well.
    24,000 people came to the festival in total, according to the organisers' report.
2/7(Sun) Consitituion Cafe: Refugee Edition (Part of the One World Festival Program)
  • This was the first workshop we'd given at the one world festival, so were a little nervous. Things went very well, however. Over 30 people crammed into a room meant for 20, and a lively discussion was had right until the end of our allotted time. We were pleased to see RAFIQ members taking part as well. A big thanks to everyone who came along.
2/9(Tue) RAFIQ's Visit to the Osaka Immigration Bureau
2/16(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
2/20(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki.
2/21(Sun) Volunteer Seminar "How You Can Support Refugees"
Location: Crosspal Takatsuki, 4th Floor, Meeting Room 4
Organiser: Takatsuji Educational Committee
2/27(Sat) The West Japan Organising Committee's Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
Organiser: World Refugee Day West Japan Organising Committee
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< In January >
1/10(Sun) Mochi pounding at Minna no Ie
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
Organiser: The Minna No Ie Conference
1/12 (Tue) RAFIQ Interviews at the Osaka Immigration Centre
1/16(Sat) Introductory lecture on refugees: "Let's Know More About Refugees"
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
An introductory meeting for volunteers
Location: Minna no Ie, Takatsuki
1/19(Tue) Nanmin Cafe
Organiser: Neo Nanmin Cafe Network / Location: Osaka City
1/30(Sun) The West Japan Organising Committee's Preparatory Meeting for World Refugee Day 2016
Organiser: World Refugee Day West Japan Organising Committee

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RAFIQ JAPAN (The Network aiming at the Coexistence with the Refugees in Japan)
Nanmin-House 4-9-13 HigashiMikuni Yodogawa-ku Osaka-shi, 532-0002
TEL:06-6335-4440 / mailto: rafiqtomodati@yahoo.co.jp

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