Aid For Japan
What: Aid for Japan is committed to supporting the orphans of the 2011 earthquake through variety of initiatives and programs. Every year, they organize a special Summer Residential Course in Japan that offers a chance for English volunteers to directly support the orphans through a series courses that are designed to inspire confidence and trust amongst the orphans. Previous events have involved recording a song together, visiting an animal shelter that had rescued many of the pets lost in the wake of the 2011 Earthquake and learning about the many cultural differences between the UK and Japan.
Why: On the March 11, 2011 the east coast of Japan was struck by an undersea earthquake and subsequent tsunami. As well as the loss of life, this devastating event resulted in hundreds of children also lost their parents and families.
Aid For Japan was founded by Akemi Solloway in 2011 to support the orphans of this tragedy. In the short-term, the charity lends help to these children by supporting them and their careers as they rebuild their lives.
Impact: “On 11th March 2011 the biggest earthquake and tsunami in history struck Japan leaving at least 1,500 children as orphans.
On 11th March 2011 the biggest earthquake and tsunami in history struck Japan leaving at least 1,500 children as orphans.
No parents, no family, no home, no pets, no school, no nothing.
As a mother myself, living in London, my heart went out to them and I felt a strong responsibility to help. So, to that end, I set up a new charity specifically to support these children and their education until they become adults and can fend for themselves.
They will never forget what happened but, with the help of our kind volunteers, we are working hard to bring some normality back into their lives. A mother’s love and a family’s warmth are incomparable – that is why we are doing our best. We hope you feel the same.” Akemi Solloway Tanaka – founder of Aid For Japan
Happening Now: This year saw the 5th Anniversary of the 2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami. It provided an opportunity to pause and reflect on the losses that the country had faced, but also the optimism of building for the future.
To commemorate the anniversary, Aid For Japan has staged special events involving Japanese culture as an opportunity to engage with people directly.
Website: www.aidforjapan.co.uk // Facebook: www.facebook.com/Aidforjapan
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