Thanks to the tremendous contribution from donors to the “Support High School Students in Tohoku” project, AMDA has finished awarding the first year’s grants to 84 students from 5 high schools, 1 unified lower and secondary school and 1 vocational technical school in Tohoku. Each student receives 15,000 yen / month (180,000 yen/year) with no repayment obligation until she/he graduates high school. Your donations through GlobalGivng site have definitely contributed towards funding these grants.
At the time of this report, it is worth noting that the beneficiaries included students at a school for North Korean residents. Even though this school’s main building was badly damaged, the school opened its dormitory to the elderly in the neighborhood and dispatched food and emergency supplies to evacuation shelters. AMDA thought the school’s efforts deserved recognition and support, especially considering that schools for foreign residents are not treated equally by the School Education Act of Japan and do not qualify to receive state subsidies even in times of disaster.
To respect the privacy of the beneficiaries, we cannot carry photographs related to this project. We hope you'll see what we have done from the table below, and from some letters from the students themselves.
<Some letters AMDA received from the recipients (Originally in Japanese)>
“What I can do for Takata city” (3rd grade)
Becoming a medical doctor is my long-held dream. In the earthquake and tsunami last March, I lost the house where I was raised, my mother, grandparents, cousins, best friends and many other people important to me. In the aftermath, I was totally at a loss, not knowing what to do next, and nearly gave up my hope of becoming a doctor. However, as I watched my hometown, Rikuzen Takata city, gradually being restored, a strong feeling started to grow within me that I truly want to come back to Takata after becoming a doctor, and contribute to the rehabilitation of my home town. Once again I decided to pursue my dream of becoming a medical doctor. In the future, I want to become a doctor with an extensive knowledge and be able to find and treat the roots of people’s illnesses, and also provide them with psychological care. The psychological trauma caused by the earthquake and tsunami will not be easily treated, even after the city is restored to its former state. As I can understand such feelings of the local people, I sincerely wish to become a doctor and work for my hometown, Takata city.
“My dream for the future” (1st grade)
I want to be a medical doctor in the future, because I want to help people suffering from disease. Becoming a doctor had been my hope for a long time, and this was made stronger by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Tohoku. I was much impressed to see medical teams come from distant cities, visiting evacuation shelters, giving counsel to a lot of people, dashing to sick people and giving treatment. I wanted to become a doctor like them. The shortage of doctors is a grave issue. In Ofunato city, where I live, it has grown into a serious problem. Therefore I want to become a doctor and do my best to contribute to the enhancement of my hometown. I know that doctors have the great responsibility of having people’s life in their hands. To be able to engage in such an important profession, I am determined to study hard, taking a broad view of my life.
“If I become a doctor in the future..” (1st grade)
I wish to be a medical doctor in the future. I had been interested in becoming a doctor, but I made up my mind because of the earthquake and tsunami. If I become a doctor in the future, I will help people who are suffering and hurt in both body and spirit. (snip) The huge tsunami destroyed my house completely, and my parents and grandparents have much less income than before. Even so, I don’t want to give up my dream. If I could receive a grant from AMDA, I would be able to lessen the financial burden to my family. I know that it will be extremely difficult to become a doctor, but I will do my best every day, improving myself, and make my dream come true.