There are far more developing countries than developed countries, but the latter control most of earth’s resources. According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), for all the people in the world to live like citizens in developed countries, two earths would be required to provide the necessary resources.
“Since I live in Japan, what happens in Africa doesn’t matter to me”
“We should focus on solving domestic problems before we think of helping other countries”
There must be many people who have these thoughts.
Moreover, with respect to environmental destruction, there are hot debates over whether developed countries or developing countries are more responsible. Instead of arguing which side is right or wrong, let us think from the perspective of “global citizens,” seeing international cooperation as vital to solve problems we human beings face.
At ICC we have invited Mr. HARA Kanta, an “international cooperation freelancer,” to introduce the perspective of global citizenship, to talk about the reasons behind his devotion to international cooperation, to share the concerns and struggles that he has overcome in his career, and to discuss the way of working as a freelancer in international cooperation.
Mr. Hara started international cooperation activities while he was still a student in Humanities and Social Science at Waseda University, and founded a nonprofit organization called Confront World. After graduation, he moved to Africa to do international aid work in the field, and has now become a freelancer to further promote international cooperation. In addition, he also puts huge effort into communications, through YouTube, a blog and other social media (links below).
From Mr. Hara’s experience, we can get numerous insights into why international cooperation is important, and how we can contribute to it as students. There will also be many interesting topics that serve as catalysts for thought, stimulating our brains! You can send us your questions for Mr. Hara before the event, or ask him in the real-time Q&A session.
Do not miss this chance if you have interest in volunteering or job options in international cooperation!
Guest Profile: Mr. HARA Kanta
Born 1994, Waseda University graduate and International Cooperation freelancer.
After a fateful encounter in the Philippines with a young girl begging, he began international cooperation activities while a student. He has worked to assist former child soldiers in Uganda and refugees in South Sudan.
He started a nonprofit organization, Confront World, while a student and began a career in international cooperation upon graduation. He worked to raise awareness through publishing, public speaking and blogging, and won the Ono Azusa Memorial Award in March 2018.
Suffering adjustment disorder after graduation, he left the organization. After battling the condition for half a year, he returned to the field as a freelancer, dedicating himself to providing sanitary products to girls in northeast Uganda, in cooperation with a local NGO there.
Through public speaking, blogging, YouTube and online discussion forums, he continues pursuit of a new style of working, called Freelance International Cooperation. Author of “How to become an adult who doesn’t ignore the world” (Sekai wo mushi shinai otona ni naru tameni).
Time & Date
Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 6:15-7:45pm (Room opens at 6:00pm)
*The Zoom URL will be sent via email by July 6
Waseda students, Faculty & Staff
Japanese (Q&A Session in Japanese & English)
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Thursday, July 1, 9:00am
Email: [email protected]