On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami devasted much of the northern coast of Japan. Thousands lost their lives and tens of thousands were displaced. The rebuilding and recovery has begun in northen Japan, but much work still needs to be done.
Save the Children has a huge presence in the area and is doing so much to help.
What is Save the Children doing today in Northern Japan to help children?
Save the Children is focusing on 3 major areas:
- Child Protection
- Child Friendly Communities
- Child protection
- STC is helping children with their psychological and social recovery by setting up playgrounds, parks and indoor play facilities throughout the effected areas.
- They are working with local organizations and government and have created day care and after school programs for students.
- Where necessary, Save the Children has helped renovate and even build new community centers where people to go.
- They are supporting 115 day care centers called Gakudo and supplying many school meals.
- They are creating “play zones” where children can be with friends and feel comfortable.
- Supporting schools by contributing musical instruments, school lunches, learning materials and stationary and transportation so children can take part in after school activities.
- 1500 scholarships have been created for children whose parents lost their livelihood (especially in fishing industry).
- Save the Children has set up an innovative E-Learning program where primary and middle school students are mentored and taught by university students. University students in Tokyo mentor and help these younger students in Miyagi and Iwate prepare for classes they will take in high school.
- Child Friendly communities
- They are setting up clubs and events throughout the effected region where children can express themselves and share their feelings during the rebuilding process.
- STC have been building children’s centers, buildings that host many children’s clubs. Children will use these community hubs as a platform to make their voce heard and host community events.
- STC is working on advocacy. They are working to promote children’s rights on a local and national level.
- Save the Children will set up a research facility in Sendai to serve as a hub of global knowledge on the role of children and affected communities in disaster-risk reduction and emergency response planning. The institute will commission original research, will establish a worldwide network of experts, and will use the Internet to disseminate its knowledge base.
Last year I raised nearly $4000.00 for Save the Children Japan by completing a 60km run in Kobe, Japan. This year i plan to do more. Through a series of half/full and another ultra marathon, I hope to inspire more people to donate to help the children in Japan who still need it.
Please donate what you can. Even a small amount helps a lot!