Thank you for helping Japan - Two Year Anniversary
By Mari Kuraishi | President, Founder of GlobalGiving
Cherry blossoms will bloom again in Fukushima
This is a personal message from Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving.
To the generous donors of GlobalGiving's Japan Relief Fund,
This coming March 11th will mark the two-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. A year ago, Britt and I visited our partners' project sites. While we were happy to see that the projects were making remarkable progress, we were also overwhelmed by the sight of the damage that the earthquake and tsunami brought to Tohoku.
I personally would like to thank you for supporting the recovery effort. I am touched how you continuously contributed to the fund throughout these past two years. Today, I'd like to ask you to consider giving again. To honor the two-year anniversary, GlobalGiving is running a special matching campaign for projects that are working in Tohoku. We are matching your donations 100% from March 1st to the 15th, and on March 11th, we are matching the donations 200%.
I appreciate you standing with us for supporting the Japanese people. On this day, I hope that you will join me reflecting on the loss the people have gone through and the ongoing recovery efforts.
First of all, we are happy to announce that the matching campaign for Tohoku relief-related projects in November was a great success! 20 organizations raised more than $70,000. We thank you again for your generous contributions! We are planning on holding a similar campaign in March, and we will keep you updated as we confirm the specifics.
Today, we would like to share the achievements that one of our partners, AAR Japan, has made with your donations. AAR Japan received $500,000 from Tsunami Relief Fund for their activities in Tohoku. Here are the highlights:
Reconstructing workshop facilities so that displaced people with disabilities could start earning income again - In the first half of the project period, AAR Japan rebuilt the lighting system for Keyaki Workshop, an employment supporting center for persons with disabilities, which provide working opportunities for 112 persons with disabilities. Their works include food delivery to the elders, making and delivery of lunchboxes.
Organizing community events at the temporary housing complexes in Fukushima - AAR Japan have been organizing community gatherings events and overnight field trips for elementary school. Since July,about 560 people participated in the events.
Providing radiation detectors so that people can check radiation levels of food they are consuming - As soon as the dosimeters arrive to the venue, AAR Japan plans on distributing the equipment to workshops that produce organic vegetables.
Building playgrounds in temporary housing units - AAR Japan installed equipments for playgrounds located in temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture since September. They are now used by 640 children in Fukushima, and because of the equipments, they are exercising a lot more!
Providing bottle water to nurseries and kindergartens - There is a high demand from nurseris and kindergartens for safe drinking water in Fukushima. AAR Japan has been providing safe bottled water for 4 kindergartens and children in temporary housing.
Thank you for your wonderful support! These achievements were not possible without your contributions!
We are very excited to announce that starting today, November 1, we're matching your donations dollar-for-dollar toward qualified projects that focus on long-term recovery in Japan.
We work with 20 organizations that are helping Japanese people recover from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. For example, ETIC helped Naoko rebuild a shopping area that had been destroyed. The new shopping area is now revitalizing the local economy. In Minamisanriku-cho, Architecture for Humanity is about to finish up rebuilding a workplace for fishermen in the tsunami-stricken area. You can read more updates directly from the field here. Your donations have made it possible for our partners to restore the communities. Thank you!
Although our partners have made great strides toward long-term recovery, there is still so much more to be done. We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity to double the impact of your donations toward these important projects.
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