Ashinaga in Numbers

Education and Support to
Orphaned Students

According to a UNICEF/UNAIDS report, Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest proportion of orphaned children anywhere in the world, with over one in 10 youths having lost one or both of their parents. Without adequate support, these children are far less likely to finish school, and are more vulnerable to the challenges and dangers in their societies.

The highest economic returns to higher education in the world occur in sub-Saharan Africa—about 21 percent. A one-year increase in average tertiary education levels in sub-Saharan Africa is would lead to a 12 percent increase in GDP.※6

Limited Access to Education

Sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest tertiary gross enrolment ratio in the world.
In Japan alone more students enroll in tertiary education than on the entire African continent.

  • 6%※1

    Population of Africa

    Africans who attend tertiary education(79,200,000)※2

  • 80%

    Population of Japan


    Japanese who attend tertiary education
    80% (100,800,000) ※1

Limited Educational Resources

The lack of globally competitive universities in Sub-Saharan Africa is an obstacle to educational development.

The number of
Sub-Saharan African universities

  • World's Top 100
  • World's Top 1,000

    (9 from South Africa)

The comparitive lack of educational facilities makes competition for space high. This shortage of skilled graduates causes bottlenecks in certain industries, further slowing development.

Number of higher education institutions
  • 1,650※4

    All of Africa

  • 4,313※5

    USA alone

African students have 50% less professors
than the global world average※6

Challenges Facing Graduates

After graduation, many students struggle to find work due to lack of skills, few available positions and underdeveloped employment systems. Ashinaga seeks to bridge this gap by offering a pan-African employment network designed to support our scholars' job seeking efforts.

5 years average unemployment until
graduates in Africa find their first job※6


The UN's Sustainable Development Goals specifically target "universal access to quality higher education"

Ashinaga’s Accomplishments to Date

"The pen alone has the power to overcome adversity and unite the world in prosperity"

Yoshiomi Tamai, Ashinaga Founder and President

For nearly half a century, the Ashinaga Movement has striven to support orphaned students through education and engender yasashisa (優しさ), or compassion, across Japan. With the generous support of people here, Ashinaga has been able to help almost 110,000 orphaned students continue their education.
In addition to Japan, Ashinaga has now expanded internationally to support orphans in 49 Sub Saharan African Countries


Since its foundation the Ashinaga movement has worked with 750,000 volunteers, with over 16,000 in 2019.
Ashinaga has received support from over 180,000 partner organisations
Over 220 emotional care programs dellivered every year




(partner organisations)

every year

(emotional care programs)

Over 80% of Ashinaga's annual budget is spent on educational programs
Over 55% of Annual Budget given directly to university student in the form of grants and interest-free loans.
4,100,000,000JPY donated to over 2000 orphaned students following the The Great East Japan Earthquake
87% of donations come from individual donors

  • Education support
  • Scholarship
  • Individual donors
  • ※1Japanese Education at a Glance 2019 (OECD)
  • ※2African Union Commission 2018 (OECD)
  • ※3The World University Rankings 2019 (Times Higher Education)
  • ※4Challenges and Prospects for Africa's Higher Education 2017 (Global Partnership for Education)
  • ※5Higher Education Institutions in the US 2017 (Statista)
  • ※6State of Education in Africa 2015 (The Africa America Institute)
  • ・Brazil
  • ・Canada
  • ・USA
  • ・Belgium
  • ・Czech Republic
  • ・France
  • ・Germany
  • ・Ireland
  • ・Italy
  • ・Netherlands
  • ・Portugal
  • ・UK
  • ・Senegal
  • ・Tanzania
  • ・Uganda
  • ・Australia
  • ・China
  • ・Indonesia
  • ・Japan
  • ・Philippines
  • ・Taiwan
  • ・Turkey
  • ・Vietnam
  • ・Indonesia
  • ・Japan
  • ・Vietnam
West Africa
  • ・Benin
  • ・Burkina Faso
  • ・Cape Verde
  • ・Côte d’Ivoire
  • ・Gabon
  • ・Ghana
  • ・Guinea
  • ・Guinea-Bissau
  • ・Liberia
  • ・Mali
  • ・Mauritania
  • ・Niger
  • ・Nigeria
  • ・Senegal
  • ・Sierra Leone
  • ・The Gambia
  • ・Togo
Central Africa
  • ・Angola
  • ・Cameroon
  • ・Democratic
  • ・Republic of the Congo
  • ・Central African Republic
  • ・Chad
  • ・Republic of the Congo
Eastern Africa
  • ・Burundi
  • ・Comoros
  • ・Djibouti
  • ・Ethiopia
  • ・Kenya
  • ・Madagascar
  • ・Malawi
  • ・Mauritius
  • ・Mozambique
  • ・Rwanda
  • ・Somalia
  • ・South Sudan
  • ・Tanzania
  • ・Uganda
  • ・Zambia
  • ・Zimbabwe
Southern Africa
  • ・Botswana
  • ・Lesotho
  • ・Namibia
  • ・South Africa
  • ・Swaziland
Street Fundraising Location
Conducted in spring and autumn every year
in over 200 locations across Japan
Offices and Facilities
・Tokyo:Ashinaga Head Office
・Tokyo:Tokyo Rainbow House
・Hyogo:Kobe Rainbow House
・Miyagi:Sendai Rainbow House
・Miyagi:Ishinomaki Rainbow House
・Iwate:Rikuzentakata Rainbow House
Highschool Students Summer Camp Locations