About Shapla Neer

Basic Information of Shapla Neer

About Shapla Neer

"Specified Nonprofit Corporation, Shapla Neer = Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support" (Shapla Neer) is a Japanese International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) established in 1972. It is an organization that is independent from any specific religion, political party, business, or organization. Problems we can see within society that arise from North/South issues, particularly solving issues related to poor people's living conditions in South Asia, are what our work is aimed at, in South Asia and in Japan. We aspire to realize a world where all people can flourish in the rich potential of every human being.
Our name, Shapla Neer, comes from our roots. In the language of Bangladesh, Bengal, Shapla Neer means "House of the Water Lilies". "Shapla" is also the national flower of Bangladesh.

Our Mission

Our Mission
Shapla Neer's mission is to improve the living conditions of underprivileged communities in South Asian countries through domestic and international activities and services that focus on solving current socialeconomic issues.

Summary of our organization

Offitial Title Japanese title
English title
Shapla Neer = Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support

2-3-1 Nishiwaseda, Shinjyuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan 169-8611
TEL: 03-3202-7863
FAX: 03-3202-4593
E-mail: info@shaplaneer.org
Closest train stations:
- Waseda Station (Tokyo Metro Tozai Line)
- Nishi-Waseda Station (Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line)
- Takadanobaba Station (JR・Seibu Shinjuku Line)
Operating hours: 10:00 - 18:00, Tuesday - Saturday 
(Closed: Monday, Sunday, National Holidays, End-of-year, Beginning-of-year)

Activities - Support for Children's education in the Char(sandbank) area
- Support for girls working as domestic workers
- Support for community disaster preparedness in cyclone prone areas
- Disaster prevention and structural development in poverty-stricken areas
- Support for cultural education for children of indigenous people
- Community disaster risk reduction in flood prone regions
- Emergency and disaster relief
- Support handicraft producers to improve their livelihoods and communities through Fair Trad
- Study Tours in Bangladesh & Nepal
- Seminars & Study Sessions on International Aid

Various activities related to those listed above
Chairperson Yukio Iwaki
Secretary General Toyoaki Komatsu
Staff Japan: 13 full-time employees, 3 part-time employees
Bangladesh: 14 employees (includes 1 resident Japanese employees)
Nepal: 6 employees (includes 1 resident Japanese employee)
Established September 1972
Registered as NPOAugust 2001
Membership 1,400 members(as of November 2018)
Monthly Supporters 963 supporters (as of November 2018)
Financial Reports
Annual Report 2018 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2017 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2016 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2015 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2014 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2013 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2012 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2011 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2010 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2009 (Japanese, pdf)
Annual Report 2008 (Japanase, pdf)
Annual Report 2007 (Japanase, pdf)
Annual Report 2006 (Japanase, pdf)

Awards 1985 Yoshikawa Eiji Prize
1989 Tokyo Bar Association's Human Rights Award
1989 Foreign Minister's Commendations
1993 Mainichi International Exchange Award
2005 Asahi Shimbun Social Welfare Award
2012 Okinawa Peace Award
2013 Peace Award Hiroshima
2014 Excellent NPO Best Performance Award
2015 Japan partnership Award
2017 Ayus best performance Award


Achievement of Shapla Neer