Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What are the SDGs?

A:The SDGs is an abbreviation for “Sustainable Development Goals”.

Q: What is a Community Radio Station?

A: A small-scale municipal FM radio broadcast station with a lower output than normal FM.
In peacetime, it broadcasts local topics and music. Under such disastrous situations like earthquakes they broadcast detailed information closely connected to the community. It has been great help for the victims of recent disasters.

Q: What is ICT?

A: ICT is a general name for information processing and communications technology that makes use of various kinds of computers,including not just PCs, but also smartphones and smart speakers. “IT (information technology)” is a well-known abbreviation, and ICT is IT with the element of communications included.

Q: What is a CA system?

A: CA system stands for “Community Addressing System.”
CA system is used in case of an emergency to provide relevant and useful information for the people in the disaster~stricken area.
BHN configures and provides systems that convey information to local residents at the same time using loud-speakers. The systems are similar to municipal emergency radio broadcasting systems used in Japan.

Q: What is Backpack Radio?

A: It’s a radio station that can be carried in a backpack.It consists of an FM transmitter,an antenna and a solar panel. Using a smartphone application, a person with a backpack radio can broadcast information about recovery and people’s well-being, as well as airing music, even from a shelter immediately after disaster strikes.

Q: What is Solar Power Generation?

A: “Solar power is the conversion of energy from sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics (PV), indirectly using concentrated solar power, or a combination. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam. Photovoltaic cells convert light into an electric current using the photovoltaic effect.”[From Wikipedia]

About BHN’s support

Q: What kind of country / region is BHN currently active in?

A: We mainly carry out projects in the Asia-Pacific region, mainly in countries where we have worked in the past.

How do we Donations?

Q: How are donated funds used?

A: Your donations are categorized as “General donations” or “Special donations.”
General donations are used for BHN’s general management expenses, and special donations are used for specific projects. In either case the money is used carefully.

Assistance you can give

Various kinds of support make BHN’s work possible. We need your generous support to provide safety and security to people living in developing countries and disaster-stricken areas, and to build sustainable societies. The BHN Association uses the knowledge and skills of senior citizens in its work to contribute to international cooperation. By all means please participate in our work as a supporter of the BHN Association.