In order to accomplish this mission, we are engaged in the following activities:
- Help volunteers who are working in welfare, medical fields, etc.
- Implement international exchange and OJT (on-the-job-training) from home and abroad for the purpose of training volunteers.
- Publish information magazines, which is a part of activity to develop and promote volunteer spirit, and
- Establish and operate the ‘Ronald McDonald House’.
Japan's super-aging society and declining birthrate will pose an increasingly serious problem in the 21st century. In particular, there are 200,000 children in Japan who are suffering from serious illnesses. These 200,000 children suffering from intractable or serious illnesses translate into several times that number of parents and guardians. These families bear the financial burden of living a dual life between their homes and their child’s hospital, and further face immeasurable emotional distress from the concerns of having the family living apart.
A large number of individuals and organizations are providing and operating accommodation facilities for the families of such seriously ill children in order to help reduce their financial and emotional burden. On the other hand, many convenience-related problems still remain for facilities in and around large cities, such as being located at some distance from hospitals or being unable to sufficiently develop a volunteer support system at a scope similar to overseas systems.
Ronald McDonald House Charities Japan (RMHC Japan) was established to appropriately address these problems by developing social infrastructure and human resource training. More specifically, RMHC aims to fulfill the above activities to support children suffering from serious illnesses and their families.
RMHC Japan is dedicated to promoting such activities above such as aiding volunteers and implementing international exchange, with the wish of contributing to the development of a system that supports society as a whole.