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ホームレス・路上生活者の支援活動を行うNPO法人です

山友会とはABOUT Sanyūkai


The San' ya Area 山谷地域

活動報告写真

The neighborhood of San’ya (its name was erased from maps about 40 years ago) was once known as a town of workers. The work residents had was all physical and the town was full of men that came in response to that demand.
Amid this rough environment, many laborers drank daily among their friends. As they worked, they would live by their own rules and there were many that became physically disabled. Maladies included cirrhosis of the liver, petit mal, hypertension, burns and other injuries. Many did not talk about their problems and suffered alone.


Sanyūkai’s Beginning 山友会発足

To make some sort of response to this social problem, in 1984, Sanyūkai opened as a free medical clinic. At the beginning, we operated out of a two floor wood building that we rented, and while we received patients on the second floor, we made food for as many as 100 people in a single day.
At that time, we had only a little air conditioning, wind blew through cracks in the walls and mice ran about. Just for the winter, we would rent out a kindergarten in Asakusa and make arrangements for 40 people to sleep there.


Moving 引越し

In 1985, we rented a different building near Minowa Station and we created a place where elderly persons could gather casually. Then gradually new patients increased and our volunteer nursing staff increased. At the same time, the number of people coming to takidashi increased, and we had complaints from neighbors. Sanyūkai had to secure possession of a place and building for itself.
Then, in 1989, we bought land and created just the bare structure of a three story building. Inside we created a clinic, a room for consultation, and a place for older people to gather and moved to or current location from our previous rental location.


Incorporation as an NPO NPO法人格取得

Later, with the Japanese economy changing, the demand for day labor decreased and many unemployed in their 50s and 60s gathered around San’ya. Soon the number of people living outdoors in tents around the Sumida River increased.
Among people who have to live in harsh conditions, the decline of their physical condition is striking. As a result, the number of people that came to the Sanyū Clinic from the streets increased every year. Because of increasing demands, Sanyūkai could not respond with its power alone, so to increase relationships with private support organizations, the ward office, hospitals, and welfare facilities, we received certification as a nonprofit organization (NPO) in April of 2002.

The Present 現在

Currently Sanyūkai has 12 staff persons conduct our activities with the cooperation of 175 volunteers. Among them include 11 doctors and 20 nurses.

Persons of diverse religions and nationalities volunteer to help to create a more humane life for people that have to sleep outside. We hope to continue to work together in these efforts.


History あゆみ

1984 October Sanyū Clinic activities started as private organization Sanyūkai
1985 May Meal service for the elderly started at Iwashita Center
1989 January Place of activities moved to the present address
1997 April Class II social welfare service facility Sanyū Home opened
1998 September Tie-up with Medecins Sans Frontieres Japan
2000 April Independence of Sanyū Home from Sanyūkai
2002 April Juridical personality of specified nonprofit organization (NPO) obtained
2008 May Certified as authorized NPO by National Tax Agency
2009 April Class II social welfare service facility Sanyūsō opened

山友会

〒111-0022
東京都台東区清川2丁目32番8号

TEL:03-3874-1269
FAX:03-3874-1332
E-Mail:info@sanyukai.or.jp
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