Ashinaga France Holds Tsudoi Camp Under Theme “African Togetherness”

In early February, all 34 Ashinaga African Initiative (AAI) Scholars studying in continental Europe came together at the Ashinaga France’s office in Paris for the 9th International Tsudoi. The theme of this 2-day  tsudoi was “African Togetherness.” The main objective was to bring Scholars together to encourage community, solidarity, and the sharing of resources among […]

BUILD-in-a-Box: Amadou’s Program to Teach Entrepreneurship

While Amadou was in Senegal this summer for a mandatory renewal of his passport, he volunteered to lead an entrepreneurial camp for local students. The camp, held over two days, was based on the Africa Leadership Academy’s BUILD-in-a-Box model. BUILD stands for “Believe, Understand, Invent, Listen and Deliver”.  The camp was held at the Ashinaga Senegal […]

Daphne: My Winter Working in the Internship Translation Team

Daphne is an Ashinaga Winter 2020 Translation Intern. She attends Macalester College and double majors in Linguistics and Japanese. Her majors in college sparked her interest in translation, and she saw an opportunity to try translating at Ashinaga as an intermediary step before beginning her professional translation career. Her plans for the internship were to […]

Street Fundraising Campaign Cancelled for First Time in Over 50 Years

Cancellation in response to COVID-19, compromises scholarship funding The Ashinaga student fundraiser (街頭募金) has been held every spring and autumn since 1967 to support children who have lost one or both parents. Street fundraising events are held twice a year in approximately 200 locations across Japan, with the participation of more than 20,000 volunteers annually. […]

Sakiinah: Providing Psychological Support for Burns Survivors in Mauritius

Sakiinah is a 4th year medical student studying at the University of Manchester. She was born in Mauritius and moved to the UK in 2016 to pursue higher education under the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. When Sakiinah was two years old, her mother passed away of leukemia because of the lack of medical care available in […]

Emotional Support in Focus: a Visit From the Dougy Center

On February 1, 2020, we were lucky to have Joan Schweizer Hoff from the Dougy Center visit the Tokyo Kokoro-Juku Facilities to speak about dealing with the grief of children who have lost a parent. Joan is the Coordinator of Special Projects and Training, at The Dougy Center: National Center for Grieving in Portland, Oregon. […]

An International Tsudoi in the United Kingdom

Ashinaga UK recently held its 4th International Tsudoi with the highest ever number of attendees – including 24 Scholars and four external experts. Scholars travelled from across England and Scotland to meet in King’s College London over three full days of leadership-cultivating activities, workshops, and presentations. The Ashinaga African Initiative’s (AAI) UK programme has been […]

Sakiinah’s Abstract Published in the BMJ Peer-reviewed Journal

Sakiinah is a 4th year medical student at the University of Manchester. She was born in Mauritius and moved to the UK in 2016 to pursue higher education after enrolling in the Ashinaga Africa Initiative. We would like to congratulate Sakiinah for having an abstract published in the British Medical Journal based on her third-year […]

Professor Were: Why African Young Women Must Excel as Ashinaga Scholars

As part of the I Can She Can campaign, to raise awareness on female leadership, Professor Miriam K. Were wrote a short message titled “Why African Young Women Must Excel as Ashinaga Scholars.” We are honoured to have Professor Miriam K. Were, a Kenyan public health advocate, Medical Doctor, Professor of Public Health, and recipient of the […]

Ashinaga USA, the North American hub of the Ashinaga Africa Initiative

Ashinaga USA is very proud to have been a part of pioneering the Ashinaga Africa Initiative (AAI) in the world, by not only receiving the first three students from sub-Saharan Africa supported by Ashinaga to study at universities outside of Japan, but also achieving full scholarships for them. These three students have since gone on […]