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WOMEN'S ISSUES
SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
PEACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION
The Osaka YWCA, along with World YWCA, is aware of problems worldwide. It contributes towards international understanding and co-operation through the following activities:
【Japanese class for Mothers】
MULTI-CULTURAL CHILD-REARING SUPPORT COURSE
〜Is that hard to Child-Rearing・・・?〜
*What should I do when my child has a fever, or must be absent from school ?
*I want to communicate with my neighbors…
*I’m an expectant mother, and worried it might be difficult for me
to deal with hospital administration procedure, or to do with doctors.
what sorts of problems concern you?

YWCA holds a Japanese course which may help you by teaching Japanese for child-rearing.
Less than 8 students, beginner’s level.
Let's study together! Join us!
Date Dec.6(Thu) ,2012 - Mar.7, 2013 <11 classes>
Time every Thursday 10.30 am -12.00 pm
For women who are bringing up children now and want to study Japanese for beginner's
Place OSAKA YWCA
Total students 10
Fee \3,150(11times)
*If you need a day care, please let us know (\200/time)
*please apply early before the class fill up.
Please contact...
OSAKA YWCA bringing-up support project
【Come Join us!!! Kids from other countries!!! Kids with multi cultural background!!!】

Nothing to do on Saturdays? Do you need a little support for your homework from school? Come join our program for kids having multi cultural background. Youth leaders help you study Japanese and/or do your homework. Of course not only study! We have a fun time playing cards or sometimes we go to a park and play games.
For further information, please contact us!

Date every Saturday
Time 10am-12pm
For Children from different cultural background(Elementary and Junior high school students)
Place YWCA Osaka in Umeda
Fee 500 yen(annual registration fee till March 2013)
Please contact

YWCA Osaka International Committee by Tel, Fax, or Email

【Osaka YWCA Bridges】
Bridges is a year-round program for non-Japanese who want to experience Japan, offering monthly events on a wide range of subjects such as looking at traditionalcrafts, visit to artisans and explanations in English of theatre and recreation.
Bridges helps to bring together those who understand the challenge of living abroad and who may have similar interests.
WOMEN'S ISSUES
The Osaka YWCA is helping women reclaim their lives and regain their self-esteem.
【Transitional House】
Short-term accommodation offering battered women and their children support for their independence such as workforce development and housing search.
【Supporters’Training】
We are providing a training program of supporters assisting women and their children suffering from domestic violence.
SOCIAL WELFARE ACTIVITIES
The guiding principle of the YWCA is volunteerism. Members are encouraged to find purpose and pleasure in helping neighbors with difficulties. The Osaka YWCA has created special programs for Japanese returnees from China and their families, as well as programs for the handicapped and others in need of help.
【PROGRAMS FOR RETURNEES FROM CHINA】
Independent Support Program
Japanese orphans stranded in China at the end of World War II started to return to Japan when diplomatic relations were re-established between China and Japan. At the request of the Osaka Prefectural Government, the Osaka YWCA opened a Japanese language program in 1976 to assist these returnees. At present, 100 returnees are provided language classes and counseling services on living in Japan, finding employment and education.
【GROUP PALETTE】
An Activity Group for Mentally Retarded Young Women
The lives of most mentally-retarded persons normally revolve between the workplace and the home. To enrich their lives, Group Palette was established to provide mentally-retarded women the opportunity to meet others and expand their experiences. Initially named Life School when it was founded in 1981, the International Year of the Handicapped, the program was renamed Group Palette in 1987. Participants are given the chance to meet other people and provided with activities outside the workplace and the home. The program has 33 registered members and in 2005 held 24 activities attended by a total of 292 persons.
【BRAILLE LIBRARY FOR CHILDREN】
The library provides translations of children's books and loans books free of charge to children all over Japan.
New translations: 137 titles in 2006
Total inventory: 2191 titles
Registered borrowers: 301 individuals and groups

An index of the books in the library is available to those in need of Braille materials. Japan Lighthouse assists in converting books to the Braille system.

【READING GROUP】
This group provides taped book readings for the blind. 11 groups, consisting of 60 people, attend the sessions held several times a month. In addition to the tapes, the group provides guiding services to the flower arrangement classes.
【ASSISTANCE TO SENIOR CITIZENS】
The delivery of lunch boxes to the elderly in the Senri New Town 
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Youth carry the 21st century on their shoulders and are playing an important role at the YWCA. The youth development project aims at developing citizens who can think globally and act locally. The programs provided are enumerated below:
・ Camps (Three times a year)
・ Day programs (Throughout the year)
・ Training and development programs for leaders in youth activities
・ Children's library (Permanent)
・ Multicultural Program for Children
PEACE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
The YWCA wishes to realize a world of peace and justice. However, today's society is faced with many problems, among them, war, suppression of human rights, hunger, poverty, economic exploitation, and destruction of the environment. Raising awareness on these issues will pave the way to change.
・ Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution 
・ Holding of Peace Assembly
・ Protest against nuclear weapons
・ Women's welfare issues through participation
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