October 22, 2012

2012 Activity Report: Supporting Recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake

2012 Support Activity Report

Below is a report on non-profit organization ChildFund Japan's support activities for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake.

January 2012

New Year calligraphy contest! Enriching children's lives.

  • 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.

August 14, 2012

The 2nd summer Bon dance festival at the Sugishita temporary housing complex in Sanriku-cho, Ofunato

August 18, 2012

Nakahora summer festival at the Nakahora temporary housing complex in Ikawa-cho, Ofunato

Following last year's success, summer festivals were held to help strengthen the bonds between individuals within the temporary housing complexes as well as to encourage interaction between residents of the neighborhood. The festivals included various programs, such as Bon dance festivals, suika-wari (watermelon bust) games, quiz competitions, and concerts by Iwate Prefectural Folk Song Preservation Society. Many people attended these programs and enjoyed them.

  • GMO Internet Group and ChildFund Japan paper fans
  • Happy kids with Kumapon paper fans in their hands
  • Kids enjoy water balloon fishing
  • Kids make slime with volunteer staff
  • Residents enjoy a chat on handcrafted benches
  • A concert by Iwate Prefectural Folk Song Preservation Society

Please accept our sincere gratitude for the support you offered.
We appreciate and look forward to your continued cooperation in the future.