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EducationYouth DevelopmentHealth and MedicineAgriculture and Rural DevelopmentSocial Development
Social WelfareCultural Preservation and PromotionEnvironmental Conservation, Human Environment ConservationAcademic Research

Education

One of the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000 is to "ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling." The whole world promptly worked towards the realization of this goal, and there had been positive results. However, as of 2015, the United Nations estimates that 57 million children are still not going to school, 37% of which are from Asia. The number of out-of-school youths in middle school, high school and college are much fewer.
ACT provides support for informal education activities, scholarship programs and other forms of educational activities so that anyone is allowed receive education that is appropriate to their culture, regardless of differences in gender or ability.

Grant projects under "Education"

Youth Development

UNICEF considers adolescence (10-19 years) as "the pivotal decade when poverty and inequity often pass to the next generation" (from "The State of the World's Children 2011"). However, youths who are born and raised in poor families or communities are unable to continue their schooling due to their financial situation, and are vulnerable to exploitation of labor and sex, homelessness, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and other risks. Moreover, girls who are born to poor families are prone to early marriage and pregnancy leading to higher maternal mortality and morbidity rates. Their children become at risk of malnutrition, and a vicious cycle repeats itself.
ACT engages in vocational training, leadership training and other development programs for the youth that will make them capable of leading social development based on the traditions and culture of their community.

Grant projects under "Youth Development"

Health and Medicine

Health and medical service lag is a serious issue in developing countries. Particularly in poor areas, numerous communities do not have access to basic health and medical services due to the lack of health personnel and medical facilities.
ACT aims for the wider access to primary health care and community-based health and medical environment by supporting activities such as the training of community health leaders, activities the improve health through the participation of locals, and other health-related activities. ACT also supports research activities and the treatment of tropical diseases, as well as the treatment for leprosy patients.

Grant projects under "Health and Medicine"

Agriculture and Rural Development

80% of the people living in poverty in Asia are said to be living in rural areas. ACT aims to realize the independence of farmers who are highly prone to exploitation in this rapidly changing society by supporting projects that build their capacities. In particular, ACT provides support for the introduction of appropriate technology in agriculture that both help conserve the environment and increase the income of farmers, and the diffusion of organic farming that seeks to secure a stable source of income and a safe method of producing agricultural products, and promotes sustainable rural development.

Grant projects under "Agriculture and Rural Development"

Social Development

Social development means taking the responsibility of improving the society as a whole, where each and every individual is unaffected by the waves of economic growth.
ACT works on improving the living conditions and securing a stable income for the locals, through community organizing, promotion of microfinance, and provision of vocational training, and so on.

Grant projects under "Social Development"


Social Welfare

In order for people to live a comfortable life, it is necessary for the society as a whole to mitigate or resolve living problems and issues that individuals or families cannot resolve on their own.
ACT supports activities that engage in the improvement of the welfare of the whole society as well as the putting forward of issues on existing social policies through advocacy.

Grant projects under "Social Welfare"


Cultural Preservation and Promotion

Globalization has a great impact on the lives of people and traditional styles of living and cultures are slowly fading. ACT supports activities that preserve these traditional cultures.

Grant projects under "Cultural Preservation and Promotion"



Environmental Conservation, Human Environment Conservation

The natural resources in Asia are getting depleted in an alarming pace due to rapid urbanization and population explosion, as well as exploitation of forest and marine resources. The destruction of the environment, decrease in arable land, wasting of water resources, soil erosion, and loss of natural habitat threaten the lives of locals whose livelihoods depend on environmental resources.
ACT believes that a stable life is indispensable in order for people to live while protecting the environment; hence, ACT supports activities that improve the lives of farmers and fishermen whose lives rely on the environment. Through education about the environment, introduction of appropriate technology, and participatory environmental conservation, ACT aims to create a system in the community where both environmental protection and livelihood improvement are possible.

Grant projects under "Environmental Conservation"
Grant projects under "Human Environment Conservation"

Academic Research

To allow everyone to equally receive education, gain sufficient income to live a continuously stable life within a sustainable society and environment, ACT provides not only direct support for organizations and communities but also support for research on treatment methods and other academic activities that may lead to the fundamental solution of issues.

Grant projects under "Academic Research"