A child writes a character that means "recovery," hoping for early recovery
Each character represents children's hopes for the New Year
Many children experienced various types of loss, such as losing their loved ones or houses, in the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Many children are still forced to live in difficult conditions in temporary housing.
In order to enrich such children's lives and cheer them up, we supported a New Year calligraphy contest held in early January in Ofunato, Iwate Prefecture, which is one of the areas to which ChildFund Japan provides support.
The area's primary and junior high school students as well as their parents participated in this event. Each child wrote a single character that represents their hopes for the New Year on a sheet of paper as large as a tatami mat (approximately 0.9m x 1.8m), using a huge brush weighing three kilograms.
The road to recovery is long and, at times, will be difficult.
However, the smiles and high spirits of the children can cheer up the adults around them.
ChildFund Japan will continue to be engaged in support activities so that children can live fulfilling lives.