The Fukushima Kids Summer Camp 2012 has been successfully completed with support from GlobalGivingFoundation and the donors.
We started activities for those children in Fukushima, who are unable to lead their lives as children dueto the effect of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, so that we can present them with a secure and safe summer vacation at the very least. Approximately 500 children escaped the impact of the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant even this year, and were able to spend a safe and relaxed summer vacation in Hokkaido, the largest region.
The children played a lot, learned a lot, ate plenty, and went to bed exhausted. They were able to feel the warmth of people through interactions with the local people.
For the first time, the children spent a long summer vacation away from their parents, and they had a strong feeling of gratitude towards their parents.
All this has been possible thanks to the support received from all over the world.
The children will never forget this lifetime experience even after returning to Fukushima.We believe that these children will grow into adults who will emphatically shape the future of Fukushima.
We have received letters of gratitude from children, who have participated in the camp, to all those whohave provided support. Here, we present a sample of one such letter. (This is a letter written before leaving Fukushima.)
"To the people who are willing to accept me
Airi Seya, the 4th grade
The reason I took part in the Fukushima Kids camp was because I could no longer play outside due to the impact ofaccident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.
I was not able to drink tap water, and I was able to play only for a short while with my friends. I was also not able to use the pool. The soil in the school yard reduced due to decontamination, and we used to study by putting ice in the classroom after closing windows so that the soil does not come into the classroom. (This is because there are nocoolers in the classrooms of schools in Fukushima.)
Last year was very boring. For a while after radiation was high, I used to refrain from playing in the neighborhood park.I was very hurt after the radiation started. On listening to news related to Fukushima prefecture, I felt very sad when people said terrible things as though the people of Fukushima are dirty.
So, I want to make a lot of friends in Hokkaido. I want to have as much fun as possible by playing outside, and I want to keep myself active. I would like to chat a lot with my friends. I want to have a variety of experiences. I want to do so many things which are not possible in Fukushima. I am really grateful to all those who have given donation in order to accept me.And, I am really looking forward to the two weeks in summer camp."
On behalf of Fukushima Kids executive committee, we sincerely look forward to your continued support.
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