As a result of the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, the children of Fukushima have been forbidden to play outside. Children in Fukushima usually forced to spend most of their time in doors. We do not want the children to be forced to spend their vacation indoors this year, and would like to provide a similar educational opportunity as the rest of the children in Japan, in which they will be able to learn and grow.
Even in the present, over one year after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, there are restrictions on children playing outside in areas of Fukushima prefecture due to the high levels of radiation. Because of this, their physical strength has declined greatly due to insufficient exercise and they are also experiencing mental stress.
By sending them to Hokkaido (*) for a long period during long break and allowing them to feel relaxed and unconstrained and to participate in hands-on activities and learning activities, we can return smiles to the faces of these children as well as their health. The children will play outside, study, go on a trip to a neighboring town and so on. It also relieves the worries of the parents as they wait for the return of their children. (*) Hokkaido is in northern part of Japan.
A spirit of supporting one another and of thankfulness will be fostered among the participating children, students involved with volunteering and the local families who take the children in. It has also inspired a strong desire in them to work hard for the reconstruction.