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A Movement that has Supported
More than 110,000 Students in Japan

For more than 55 years, Ashinaga has been supporting student who have lost either one or both parents in Japan. Since 2002, Ashinaga’s activities expanded overseas, with the establishment of our first international office in Uganda. According to a UNICEF/UNAIDS report, sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of orphaned children anywhere in the world, with over one in 10 young people having lost one or both of their parents. Without adequate support, these children are far less likely to finish school, and are more vulnerable to the challenges and dangers in their societies.

Through the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI), we aim to empower young talented African students, with the potential to become change-makers. Ashinaga considers higher education as the key to developing future leaders. We provide all the necessary support AAI Scholars need to access top institutions around the world. We expect this to help them identify issues, find adequate solutions, and acquire the skills they need to successfully implement them. We have built comprehensive monitoring and evaluation systems to identify the impact of the program.

AAI Monitoring and Evaluation

Ashinaga’s Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system analyze the impact of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. With 24 indicators and 45 targets, every aspect of the AAI is examined to make sure AAI Scholars receive the most effective support and resources they need to fulfill the mission of the program.


AAI Graduates are making a positive impact in their field or community in sub-Saharan Africa.


AAI scholars are positioned to become young leaders who tackle problems that they identify in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Output 1. Ashinaga recruits suitable scholars.

Output 2. AAI Scholars have sufficient mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Output 3. AAI Scholars have developed their academic ability.

Output 4. AAI Scholars have developed their professional capacity.

Output 5. AAI Scholars have developed their kokorozashi.

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