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Kiwanis Doll

The "Kiwanis doll," a plain white doll stuffed with cotton, is used by pediatricians to point to parts of the doll and ask children about their condition and explain treatment, helping to smooth the process of examination and treatment while removing fear from the children. The doll was first introduced around 1993.

The doll was first used in South Australia around 1993. It has since spread throughout the world through the international Kiwanis network. 

In October 2001, Kiwanis Japan members decided to make the doll as part of their own volunteer activities, and to use it in a pediatric hospital. The Kiwanis doll was exhibited at a forum held at the National Olympic Youth Center in Yoyogi, Tokyo on December 1, 2001, as part of the 2001 International Year of Volunteers commemorative events, and this was the beginning of a full-fledged effort.

The dolls are first made by members. Sometimes I go to high schools and universities to make dolls with volunteer groups of young students. We sometimes hold "Kiwanis Doll Making Sessions" at the request of companies.

● Shape
Kiwanis doll made of white (or pastel-colored) cotton fabric filled with polyester cotton. It is about 40 cm tall, weighs about 50 g, has a very simple shape, and has no eyes, nose, or mouth. The only thing she wears is a small label with the mark of Kiwanis, an international service organization. However, this quirky little doll, Noppelabou, is giving a great boost to sick children in a way that ordinary toy dolls do not.


●Birth story
The doll project, which has been successful throughout South Australia since 1993, was introduced at the Norway Region's Helsinki Assembly in 1994 and introduced to the Japan Region in November 2001.

●How to use
Doctors draw pictures of the doll's internal organs and use them to explain treatment. It is also used to give injections to dolls and to explain surgeries. They are used in various ways, such as in nursing colleges for practical training and in schools for the disabled to explain the body to children. Small patients draw their favorite person's face on the doll and always keep it by their side, taking it home with them when they leave the hospital.


To date, more than 11,000 dolls have been given to medical institutions and others, helping to heal small patients and facilitate communication between medical personnel and patients.


Dr. Ohno of the pediatrics department at St. Luke's Hospital called us and said, "At night, children without mothers hug themselves to sleep. At Kitasato Hospital, most toys these days are made of steel or plastic and are not soothing to hold. We received a compliment that this doll is very nice to hold. Professor Yamashiro of Juntendo University was pleased with the dolls, saying, "They are very good because they are pure white and have nothing on them, and each child can make his or her own ideas and personality come out.


Child Abuse Prevention

In 1990, Kiwanis International designated "Young Children Priority One" (YCPO) as the focus of its activities.

In 2004, Kiwanis International Japan also established a Young Children Priority One (YCPO) Committee.

What are the specific policies of the YCPO Committee?

1. to deepen awareness of child abuse.
2. Each club will then voluntarily determine and implement specific actions.
3. To connect to the movement of the entire Japan area through cooperation with neighboring clubs.
The following are the goals of the project.

In response to the above, clubs across Japan are conducting various service activities for children, taking into consideration their previous experiences. Our goal is to spread the idea of "Children First" throughout the nation.

The number of children under the age of 18 who were abused in fiscal year 2015 was 37,020, a 28% increase from the previous year and the 11th consecutive year of increase since 2004, when we began keeping statistics, and the highest number ever.

The Kiwanis Club of Japan aims to raise awareness of child abuse and to eliminate abuse itself, but it is also important to increase reporting and consultation, and we are promoting educational activities to this end.

The following is a list of some of the main, but not limited to, activities related to child abuse prevention at clubs around the country.

Tokyo, Jun 30, 2015 "Children's Cafeteria" was held together with Gakushikaikan Seiyoken, and was interviewed by MX TV and Mainichi Shimbun.

Tokyo, October 26, 2014 Sponsored the Orange Ribbon Sasaki-Ray, with 9 members and family members cheering and handing out flyers.

Nagoya, July 11, 2015 Sponsored activities for the 18th "Nagoya Child Rearing Forum".

Osaka - Presentation of "KIWANIS CAR". We support the prevention of child abuse by increasing the number of vehicles.

Yokohama, July 22, 2015 "Orange Ribbon Monument" Design Contest.

Participated in the Orange Ribbon Campaign in tie-up with Takamatsu City Child Rearing Support Section.

Fukuoka, Cooperated with Children's Village Fukuoka as a group support member. (This is the first facility in Japan where children who cannot live with their families due to parental illness, abandonment, abuse, etc. can form new families and be raised together with the community.)

Saitama, December 24, 2014 Christmas Party at Children's Home Jakkoen (Kumagaya, Japan).

Nishinomiya, Jun. 20, 2014 Donation Ceremony. 100,000 yen each to 6 organizations (Mizukami Neighborhood Hall, Johanekai, Azekura Fukushikai, Sanko Juku, Chaikemo, and CliniClown).

Kanazawa, Street campaign to raise awareness of child abuse prevention, distribution of flyers and educational goods for child abuse prevention by walking to Kanazawa Station, Musashigatsuji & Kenrokuen Garden.

Kagoshima, Orange Ribbon Street Campaign. We asked people to wear orange ribbons on their chests and create ribbon trees in the hope that child abuse will be eliminated in downtown Kagoshima's Temmonkan, and worked on publicity activities.

Ashiya, December 26, 2014 Participated in the Christmas party of the children's home "Sanko Juku".

Oita, We will continue to support child abuse prevention awareness activities and keep smiles on the faces of children in Oita.

Chiyoda, Jan 20, 2015 Visit to orphanage Salvation Army Kiki Keiko Dormitory. We continue to support the children in the orphanage, we are sending three students, 30,000 yen per month/per student, for living support.

Miyazaki, The Miyazaki Children's Hohoemi Fund, which took a year to develop and discuss, celebrated its inauguration in November.










Regional Projects

Please see the booklet below for the unique regional projects of Kiwanis clubs around the country.


Feb. 6, 2023 Turkey Earthquake 4,291,500 yen

February 24, 2022- Assistance for displaced persons from Ukraine (2nd tranche) 2,484,272 yen

February 24, 2022- Assistance for displaced persons from Ukraine (Phase 1) 8,284,820 yen

July 2020 Torrential rainfall in July 2020 3,552,000 yen

December 2019- New Corona virus 5,639,200 yen

September 2019- Australian forest fires 2,087,500 yen

September~October 2019 Reward for the first year typhoon 4,823,758yen

September 6, 2018 Heisei 30 Years Hokkaido Goken Higashi Earthquake Benefit 2,816,894yen

July 2018 Heisei 30 Years of July Heavy Rain Benefit 5,040,000yen

July 5, 2017 Northern Kyushu Heavy Rain Volunteer Fund 1,650,000 yen

August 24, 2016 Donation for Earthquake in Central Italy 1,023,000 yen

April 14, 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Benefit 6,726,290yen

October 19, 2015 Donation for typhoon in the Philippines 727,750 yen

September 10, 2015 Kanto/Tohoku Torrential Rain Donation 1,717,018 yen

April 25, 2015 Donation for Nepal Earthquake 2,057,500 yen

March 13, 2015 Donation for Vanuatu Cyclone 1,260,000 yen

August 20, 2014 Donation for Hiroshima Landslide Disaster 2,039,876 yen

November 8, 2013 Philippine typhoon donation 1,885,795 yen

May 20, 2013 Oklahoma Tornado Donation 749,000 yen

October 22-31, 2012 Hurricane Sandy Donation 657,000 yen

July 11-14, 2012 Northern Kyushu Rain Volunteer Donation 665,280yen

December 1, 2011 Donation for flooding in the Philippines: 541,800 yen

July 31, 2011 - January 16, 2012 Donation for flooding in Thailand 595,190 yen

October 23, 2011 Turkey Earthquake Donation 1,047,740 yen

August 25-September 5, 2011 Typhoon No. 12 Donation 1,496,771 yen

March 11, 2011 Donation for the Great East Japan Earthquake 40,825,924 yen

February 22, 2011 New Zealand Earthquake Donation 914,092 yen

Donation for flooding in Pakistan, July-August 2010: 653,592 yen

February 27, 2010 Chile Earthquake Donation $6,922

January 12, 2010 Haiti Earthquake Donation $8,549

September 26, 2009 - early October 2009 Philippine typhoon donation $5,607 

Holiday Box 372,000 yen

August 2009 Taiwan typhoon donation: $6,235

April 6, 2009 Italy Earthquake Donation $7,630

December 19, 22, 2008 Donation for cochlear implant surgery for a Pakistani girl (donated to Kiwanis Club of Karachi): $7,076

June 14, 2008 Iwate Miyagi Inland Earthquake Donation 1,240,000yen

May 12, 2008 China Sichuan Earthquake Volunteer Donation 676,135yen

April 28, 2008 Donation for Myanmar Cyclone (to UNICEF) 475,364 yen

Adopt-a-School Project $2,000

July 16, 2007 Niigata Chuetsu-oki Earthquake Donation 1,465,745 yen

March 25, 2007 Noto Peninsula Earthquake Donation 1,486,000yen

September 26-October 2, 2006: Typhoon Luzon, Philippines Donation US$9,000

Adopt-a-School Project $2,000

May 27, 2006 Donation for the Java Earthquake: 1,442,867 yen

February 17, 2006 Donation for Leyte Island landslide disaster 1,034,500 yen

Feb. 6, 2023 Turkey Earthquake 4,291,500 yen

October 8, 2005 Pakistan Earthquake Donation 1,508,500 yen

World Link Program (to sponsor a new club in a developing Kiwanis country) $6,300

Sweetwater Project (campaign to build an elementary school in the village of Sweetwater, Vietnam) $5,000

Adopt-a-School Project $2,000

August 23-31, 2005 Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief Donations 1,991,700 yen

Feb. 6, 2023 Turkey Earthquake 4,291,500 yen

October 23, 2004 Niigata-China-Vietnam Earthquake Volunteer Donation 1,533,000yen

Adopt-a-School Project $2,000ル

Adopt-a-School Project (a campaign to give libraries to elementary schools in the Philippines) 823,000 yen

Summer 2002: Donation for flooding in Europe: 1,275,600 yen

September 11, 2001 911 Children's Disaster Relief Fund 2,111,580 yen

January 13, 2001, January 26, 2001, February 28, 2001 El Salvador, India, Seattle Earthquake Donations 1,542,800 yen

September 21, 1999 Taiwan Earthquake Donation 1,511,000yen

January 17, 1995 Donation for the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 3,252,000 yen

Donation for the January 17, 1994 Los Angeles Earthquake 1,043,000 yen

July 12, 1993 Hokkaido Nansai-oki Earthquake Donation 1,712,000yen

February 12-June 30, 1991 Unzen Disaster Donation 1,914,000yen

April 29, 1991 Donation for Bangladesh disaster 1,560,000 yen

April 22?, 1991 Donation for the San Francisco Earthquake 1,628,000 yen

July 16, 1990 Donation for the Philippines Earthquake 1,679,000 yen

June 20, 1990 Donation for Iran Earthquake 1,536,000 yen

Special Olympics 641,000 yen

Donation to Jamaica 688,000 yen

1988-1989 Far East and South Pacific Disabled Sports Festival Kobe 5,000,000 yen

1986-1987 Past Governor Aquino, District of the Philippines Kidney Transplant Relief $5,000

September 19, 1985 Donation for the Mexico Earthquake 1,370,000 yen

Donation for the September 11, 1985 Colombia volcanic eruption disaster 1,330,000 yen

1984-1985 Universiade Kobe 8,193,000 yen

World Health Fund $3,000

1982-1983 Special Olympics 1,000,000 yen

Kitakyushu Disaster Relief Donations 1,000,000 yen

Donation for relocation of headquarters to Indianapolis 1,070,000 yen

1981-1982 World Health Fund 1,070,000

November 23, 1980 Donation for earthquake in Italy $10,000

Japan Kiwanis Culture Award

The purpose of the Kiwanis Culture Prize of Japan is to honor one person or group each year who has made a particularly significant contribution to the transmission of traditional Japanese culture, to recognize their efforts, and to contribute to the preservation and development of Japan's outstanding traditional culture. In making such decisions, priority shall be given to groups of children who are contributing to the preservation and development of traditional Japanese culture, in accordance with the objectives of the Kiwanis.

The Kiwanis Club of Tokyo initiated this program in 1965, and it became a Japan District activity with the establishment of the Japan District in 1977. The award winners are selected each year by a committee formed by the host club of the district conference, with outside input also used to determine the winners.

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