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!
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