Disaster relief aid

Honda offers relief aid to help stricken areas recover from disasters, natural or otherwise.
--We take this opportunity to extend our condolences to everyone who has been affected by such a disaster----

Overview of disaster relief aid

Relief aid in response to the Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013

【Description】
Relief funds

【Recipient】
A charity organization operated by two major television stations in the Philippines, via local Honda Group companies

【Value】
Total of PHP 10 million (approx. ¥23 million at PHP 1 = ¥2.3) from Honda Motor Company, Limited and Honda Group companies in the Philippines

Relief aid in response to Typhoon Wipha, which struck the island of Izu-Oshima, Tokyo, on October 16, 2013

【Description】
Relief funds

【Recipient】
Bureau of Social Welfare and Public Health, Tokyo Metropolitan Government

【Value】
5 million

Relief aid in response to heavy rains in Yamaguchi and Shimane Prefectures in July 2013

【Description】
Relief supply of eight pressure washers, with a total value of \1.3 million, for washing away dirt and mud from affected homes

【Recipients】
・ Yamaguchi Prefecture: Hagi (4 units), Yamaguchi (2 units)
・ Shimane Prefecture: Tsuwano (2 units)

Relief aid in response to an earthquake that occurred in Sichuan Province, China, on April 20, 2013

【Description】
Relief funds and supplies

【Recipient】
Ministry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China

【Value】
Total of RMB 10 million (about ¥160 million at the rate of RMB 1 = ¥16) from Honda Motor Company, Limited, and Honda Group companies in China

Relief activities in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Special classes by ASIMO

Honda has been holding special classes taught by ASIMO, for elementary and junior high school students in regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, since June 2011. The classes introduce the history of ASIMO up until the realization of the developers' vision of a robot that could walk on two feet, and are provided to have children realize the importance of not giving up in spite of setbacks, and the importance of having dreams for the future.
Between 2011 and 2013, the program was implemented at 106 schools, with around 20,000 children taking part.
The response was enormous with participating children saying afterwards that they wanted, for example, to play soccer with ASIMO and for ASIMO to be their teacher, while school staff commented that the program managed to get across the importance of persevering towards attainment of one's dreams.
Classes will be held again in FY2015, focusing on elementary schools in Fukushima Prefecture that have reopened following decontamination in the wake of the nuclear plant accident.

ASIMO and associate staff members teaching a special class in a disaster-stricken area

Honda beach-cleaning activities in disaster-stricken areas

On June 19, 2013, Honda parts manufacturing partner Keihin Corporation, which has facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, and the Miyagi Honda-kai, comprising 19 Honda Cars dealers in the prefecture, carried out a fifth Honda beach-cleaning activity at Tsukihama Beach in Higashimatsushima, following on from a similar event the previous month. Around 260 volunteers with connections to Honda took part. Even though the amount of litter on the beach has fallen with successive activities, and glass fragments and debris are now scarce, the participants managed to collect around 50 bags of litter in an intensive clean-up.
Thanks to efforts so far by members of the community, Tsukihama Beach was last year opened for swimming on Sundays only. This was a result of the tremendous energy generated through a united, powerful community commitment to cleaning up the beach.
Besides its normal beach-cleaning activities, Honda will continue to carry out beach-cleaning activities which contribute to the recovery of disaster-hit areas.

A beach-cleaning activity at Tsukihama Beach

Selling fruit from Fukushima, a fruit paradise

On June 19, 2013, Honda parts manufacturing partner Keihin Corporation, which has facilities in Miyagi Prefecture, and the Miyagi Honda-kai, comprising 19 Honda Cars dealers in the prefecture, carried out a fifth Honda beach-cleaning activity at Tsukihama Beach in Higashimatsushima, following on from a similar event the previous month.
Around 260 volunteers with connections to Honda took part. Even though the amount of litter on the beach has fallen with successive activities, and glass fragments and debris are now scarce, the participants managed to collect around 50 bags of litter in an intensive clean-up.
Thanks to efforts so far by members of the community, Tsukihama Beach was last year opened for swimming on Sundays only. This was a result of the tremendous energy generated through a united, powerful community commitment to cleaning up the beach.
Besides its normal beach-cleaning activities, Honda will continue to carry out beach-cleaning activities which contribute to the recovery of disaster-hit areas.

An internal fruit sale at the Headquarters Aoyama Building

Suppoting sales of cloth sandals

Since 2012, Honda has been supporting handiwork such as cloth sandals and woven yoga mats made by residents of disaster-stricken areas. T-shirts and polo shirts are collected from associates for use as raw materials in making products. Honda supports the entire process, from production to sale, for example through cooperation in-house sale of cloth sandals woven from the supplied T-shirts.
Around 10,000 T-shirts and polo shirts have been supplied to date, and in FY2014 as many as 300 cloth sandals were sold in-house. Associates who purchased sandals commented that the sandals were very robust and could be worn for a long time, and also that they now realized how cloth sandal production led to develop of communities in disaster-hit areas.
This activity, which began in 2012, will continue in FY2015.

Photo stands were set up at sales venues as a reminder that disaster-hit areas mustn't be forgotten and to bring the people who made the products closer to associates

Associate-led volunteer aid programs

Since April 2012, Honda has supported associates' activities, for example by helping defray transportation expenses for associate-led volunteer efforts in response to a natural disaster such as the Great East Japan Earthquake . Honda offers support through this program based on a belief that the independent activities of individuals were an effective way to supplement corporate relief efforts and provide assistance for ongoing and more particular, small scale needs.

Examples of activities supported by this program

Listening to disaster-affected people tell their stories while giving massages

"I have been carried out volunteer activities in disaster-hit areas since October 2011. Still even now, three years after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, I meet people who talk vividly about that day and how tough it was during the evacuation period, and I realized that people in those areas had suffered deep wounds inside that would take a long time to heal. I then thought that I could volunteer individually to listen to people tell their stories and let out painful feelings, and perhaps help them come to terms with their situation while giving them hand and foot massages. I intend to continue my own volunteer activities, making use of this program supporting the independent volunteer activities of associates.

Volunteer activity listening to disaster-affected people tell their stories while providing hand treatment (massages)

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