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For reconstructing elementary and junior high schools in the disaster areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Activities Report


This page reports of our activities.


  Material donated to Kesen and Osabe elementary schools, Rikuzentakata
  (2012/07/13)

Like last year, we were able to donate "books for students" this summer.
These books are selected from "The Movement to Recommend Good Books for the 2012 Summer Vacation" by Iwate Prefectural Council for the Promotion of Good Books.
As shown in the pictures, these books are displayed thanks to teachers’ considerations, facilitating access for the students.
Thank you very much for your generous contributions.

  Participation in "Hearty Bond Project with Tohoku in Kamakura"
  (2012/07/13)

We participated in an event organized by the "Hearty Bond Project with Tohoku in Kamakura", a group composed of associations and citizens of Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, and surrounding areas, in order to support the Tohoku region. We solicited contributions for activities helping to reconstruct the region.
At this event, which is held on regular basis, they sell products from the Tohoku region, particularily from the disaster area. They also exhibit pictures from the disaster area.
It was a sunny day and we met many new and different people who visited our stand. It was a very successfull event.
We set up a contribution box and collected money which will be used in the operation of elementary and junior high schools that we support. We deeply appreciate our geneours contributors.

Event pictures will be posted later.

  Donations to students attending Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2012/6/23)

We donated the following school materials to students of Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata :
For 1st year students : 10 kits to grow Morning Glory (Asagao, japanese flowers)
For 3rd year students : 13 sets of wood chisels
For 5th year students : 10 backpacks
For 6th year students : 18 aprons

Eventhough this support is modest, we donated materials and equipement that students often use in their daily life at school.
Here is a thank you letter that we received from the elementary school (in Japanese only)
We thank you, our generous contributors.

  Publication in a Japanese community bulletin in Montreal, Canada
   (2012/06/01)

"Montreal Bulletin", a monthly magazine for Japanese community in Montreal, published an article about Ms. Mano, from our administrative staff. She was able to contribute the article thanks to her friend living in Montreal.Here is the article(in Japanese only).
Ms. Mano’s friend also suggested to look for support abroad. That’s why we have decided to launch our global site, in English and in French.

In addition to this friend, other people have also contributed to make the global site possible. We deeply appreciate their contributions.

  Participation in "Hadano Reconstruction Support Charity Show"
   in Kanagawa Prefecture (2012/04/28)

On April 28 at the Hadano Cultural Centre in Kanagawa Prefecture, we participated in "Reconstruction Support Charity Show" for the disaster area of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

The show was organized by "3.11 Fukkō no kai Kokoro" (Heart, Association for the reconstruction 3.11), with the collaboration of Hadano School Board, Lions Club etc. (Article in the April 28 issue of Town News, in Japanese only).
Our participation was made possible thanks to the organizers of this event, whom we met at the "Minamigaoka Community Centre Festival" held in last March. These organizers "wanted to help the reconstruction in a tangible way."

Even though it was a cloudy day, the show started at 12:30 with a musical performance of "Dotteko Za" in the lobby, followed by shows in auditorium: Georges and Teddy Boys (music group), Hadano Suishin Taiko (Japanese drums), children dances, karaoke, etc.
With the support of the Hadano Association of People from Iwate Prefecture, we presented panels showing pictures of our devastated hometown and sold goods to collect donations for the reconstruction. Our stand shared space with six associations of people from different prefectures in Hadano, all selling their local products. We also shared the space with a local restaurant stand selling "Five colour Inari zushi for construction."

At the entrance of the cultural centre, Hadano Lion’s Club members organized a fundraising event during the shows, and we felt the organizers’ passion to the reconstruction as well as Hadano citizens’ sympathy. In addition, we had an opportunity to meet and talk to some people which have connections with Iwate or have been to the disaster area. We will continue our activities and keep in touch with them.
Around 1200 people came to the show. Donations raised by Hadano Lion’s Club will be sent to Suginoko Foundation through Rikuzentakata Lion’s Club.
We deeply appreciate the audience and contributors to this show.


  Participation in the "15th Minamigaoka Community Centre Festival"
  in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture (2012/03/25).

We participated in the "15th Minamigaoka Community Centre Festival" held in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture, from March 10 and 11. We installed panels with pictures of our devastated hometown as well as activities of our foundation. We also organized a fundraising campaign and sold goods to collect money for reconstruction aid.
Our participation in this event was largely organized by "supporters" who support activities of our foundation.
The festival was animated by presentations, music, theatre, dance, drawings and pictures exhibitions. There were also fried noodles (yakisoba) stands.
The mascots of the organizing committee also walked around the venue and helped us to collect donations. We also enjoyed full support from community centre, and we succeeded in collecting a lot of donations. For the two days combined, donations totaled 128,678 yen (around 1,400 US dollars)
Here is the event report (in Japanese only).
We hope to continue our activities and keep in touch with these precious contacts.
Our activities are also presented on the Web Site of the City of Hadano (in Japanese only).


  Donations for new students at Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata(2012/03/25)

We imagine that new students impatiently wait for the beginning of the new school year, to carry their new school bag and stationery.
We donated the following materials to seven new students:
  Sportswear (top and bottoms)
  Sportswear (short pants)
  Sports shoes

We hope that they will have a happy and joyful new school year.
We deeply appreciate our generous contributors.

  Support for the teachers of Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2012/03/25)

After last year’s disaster, the Kesen Elementary School moved into Osabe Elementary School.
The two schools share the same building, but they are largely managed separately.
Kesen Elementary School, which lost everything due to the tsunami, has received much support from various organizations all over Japan. We imagine that the last 12 months have been very difficult to the teachers of this school.
This time, we made the following support to the teachers :
  14 "Inside Box" (See the below picture)
  1 white board for the wall
We count on you, teachers, for our childrens’ education!
We, as the school’s graduates, continue our support activities.
We deeply appreciate our geneours contributors.

  Support to the students of Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2012/3/25)

We provided financial support to purchase the following materials necessary for the graduation and entrance ceremonies.
- Partial financial support to purchase graduation ceremony albums for 33 graduates of 2011.
- Financial support to purchase sports shoes for 30 new students of 2012.
Each of these students will start a new stage in their life.
On our side, we will continue to offer our help to make the 2012 school year an excellent one for students and their families.
We deeply appreciate our generous contributors.

  Participation in the "Kawasaki Volunteer and Citizen Activities Fair"
  (2012/1/28)

We participated in the "Kawasaki Volunteer and Citizen Activities Fair," which took place in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture. We installed panels with pictures of our devastated hometown as well as information about the activities of our foundation. We also organized a fundraising campaign.
This is an event which takes place once a year and various active volunteer associations in Kawasaki get together to present their activities. The event attracted many people.
We could talk to many people about the situation in the disaster area and our support activities at a special section dedicated to the activities related to the Great East Japan earthquake disaster.
We also could exchange our perspectives on support activities in the disaster area with other volunteer asscociations. This opportunity was very beneficial for us.
We installed a collection box in front of our panels and we received numerous donations. We deeply appreciate our generous contributors.

  Material donated to Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/12/17)

We provided a small electric accumulator to Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata.
Here is a photo of the battery donated (We will soon publish another photo when the delivery is confirmed)
Osabe Elementary School became an evacuation site after the earthquake and tsunami, but at that time no amenities were available, including electricity and water. Thus residents and teachers expressed the neccesity of having a secondary elecricity source, such as an electric accumulator, in case they have to wait for rescue and external support.
We were moved by the words of teachers who told us about their difficult survival story during the first days after the disaster. While waiting to be rescued without a telephone or television, they could obtain information thanks to a radio and other means.
This time, we provided an electric accumulator which does not need gasoline (which means, it is always charged and ready for use). We continue to support schools because we realize that they can become an important "base" for the community in case of emergency.

  Material donated to Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/12/04)

We donated 48 books to the students of Kesen Elementary School.
This summer, we donated books for the students of Osabe Elementary School. This time, we donated to Kesen Elementary School books selected by the Iwate Prefectoral Council for the Promotion of Good Books. These books are chosen by the "2011 Good Books Recommendation Movement for the Winter Vacation Reading."

As two elementary schools share the Osabe Elementary School building, students of both schools can read the books.

A student of Osabe Elementary School won a prize in the summer reading report competition. We hope that all students continue to develop a rich spirit through reading.
You can find application information here to send your reading reports (in Japanese only).

  Material donated to Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2011/11/22)

Thanks to your donations, we could donate 59 items of sportswear to 1st and 2nd year students of Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata.
They had already received various kinds of material from different people from all over Japan, including sportswear, but, this time, we offered them personalized sportswear with their name.
We had a chance to speak with the principal and members of the student association at the time of donation. They told us about their school life and their ambitions for reconstruction. This event was reported in a local newspaper, Iwate Nippo (Japanese only).

  Material donated to Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/11/22)

Thanks to your donations, we donated an electric generator to Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata.
We decided to donate it following the request from teachers who wanted to have it for outdoor school activities with audio equipement, as well as in case of emergency.
They used it at a mini sports festival organized by Kesen and Osabe elementary schools in early November. We, with teachers, continue to create an environment where students can enjoy their school activities.

Pictures (left/centre) : mini sports festival
Picture (right) : the donated electric generator

  Fundraising and Participation at "Nissan YY Festival 2011" (2011/10/1)

We set up a booth at "Nissan YY Festival 2011", held at Nissan Yokohama Plant (Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture) on October 1st. We also organized a fundraising event.
In total, 15 people helped to run our booth. These were our administrative staff and supporters of our fund, as well as members of "The Association of Friends for the Reconstruction of Sanriku Rias Coasts", an association created within Nissan.
Our booth displayed pannels, videos and pictures showing Rikuzentakata before and after the disaster, as well as school life at the schools our fund has supported.
In addition, we sold items inspired from the pines of Takada Matsubara, a pittoresque place of Rikuzentakata, and local sweets called "Seagulls’ Eggs". Our booth was a big success and attracted many people.

We raised 232,314 yen (about 2,400 dollars). We thank our numerous contributors for their generosity.

Here is a report on the event written by Ms. Mano from our administrative staff (in Japanese only).


  Material donated to Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/9/2)

We donated school material boxes to Kesen Elementary School, which had already started its fall semester.
The road to reconstruction is still distant, and there are people who decided to restart their lives in other places.
Nevertheless, some people come back to Rikuzentakata and many students restart their school lives with their classmates.
We imagine that the school life after March 11th has become difficult because their temporary residences are situated far away and it takes more time to get to school. Our foundation will provide support in order to ensure that they can enjoy their school life as they did pre-March 11th.

Visit to Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2011/8/8)

After visiting two elementary schools, President Mano and Vice-President Mizue visited Kesen Junior High School.
We met Principal Koshi and we exchanged our news on the college and our foundation. Thanks to a travel project for baseball club students in the disaster area, a second-year male student of Kesen Junior High School participated in a two-week trip to the United States.
In addition, the Junior High School will participate in Chu-bun Festival as planned. Students’ presentation will start at 1:06 pm on August 18, and every day they work hard to give a good presentation.
The Junior High School receives necessary materials for its operation from different support associations, including our foundation. The school has expressed its sincere gratitude for the support it has received.
Here are pictures of the Kesen Junior High School building, five months after the earthquake and tsunami. The last picture shows the school anthem.



Visit to Kesen and Osabe Elementary Schools, Rikuzentakata (2011/08/08)

President Mano and Vice-President Mizue visited the two schools.
The two schools are still sharing the Osabe Elementary School building.
We met the Directors and Vice directors of those two schools. They are still busy, even during the Summer vacation. This fruitful meeting allowed us to share news about the activities of our foundation and about the two schools.
We will continue to share information about the great reconstruction project of the new schools and streets. This foundation will continue to help schools in their operation and organization of new activities.
Below are pictures of the Kesen Elementary School building, 5 months after the earthquake and tsunami.



  Material donated to Osabe Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/06/15)

We donated the following material to the Osabe Elementary School.
Below is a report from Mr. Mizue, from our administrative staff.
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We gave 48 books to the students of the Osabe Elementary School.
These books were selected from "The Movement to Recommend Good Books for the 2011 Summer Vacation". They were selected by the Iwate Prefectural Council for the Promotion of Good Books.
The Osabe Elementary School is putting efforts towards the writing of reading reports.
Our foundation made this donation upon the request of the school Director and the teachers.

Since the Kesen Elementary School students found refuge on the Osabe Elementary School buildings, those books will be available to the students of both schools.

We hope these books will help them to develop a rich spirit.
For more information, please find here the rules of the reading reports competition for this year (in Japanese only).


  Material donated to Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2011/06/13)

Mr. Tōno, member from the administrative staff of the Suginoko Foundation and former student of the Kesen Junior High, brought the following material to the school :
Below is a report from Mr. Tōno.
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- 11 English-Japanese dictionaries
- 28 Japanese-English dictionaries
- 14 Kanji dictionnaries (Chinese characters)
- 11 Japanese language dictionaries

This donation was made possible through the cooperation of members of the "World Peace Promotion Committee," and especially by Ms. Okada from the Fukuyama Junior Chamber in Fukuyama (Hiroshima prefecture). The request for assistance was made by Ms. Usui, a citizen of Hirota-machi, Rikuzentaka.
We are deeply grateful to Ms. Okada and the other members of the Committee who helped us from Hiroshima and also to Ms. Usui who asked for this assistance for the students of Rikuzentakata.
The Kesen Junior High School Vice-Principal also expressed her heartfelt gratitude.
We hope we will be able to continue to provide long-term help to these children.
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Thank you Mr. Tōno for your assistance.


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The donated dictionnaries


  Material donated to Kesen Elementary School, Rikuzentakata (2011/06/07)

We made a donation of the following material to the Kesen Elementary School:

- 100 red ballpoint pens and 100 blue ballpoint pens
- 40 bottles of ink for calligraphy
- 30 hangers to exibit calligraphy work
- 10 aprons for young students

This donation was made possible through the assistance of Ito-Bunguten (Ito Stationer), a local company.


  Material Support to Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2011/06/03)

We made a donation of the following material:

- 21 sports bags

This donation was made possible by the assistance of Suzusei, a local company.
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Some of the donated sport bags



  Material donated to Kesen Junior High School, Rikuzentakata (2011/05/30)


Our Vice-President, Mr. Murakami, brought the following material to the school:

- 87 short-sleeve t-shirts for all students (for gym class)
- 11 sets of school sportswear
- 50 cups for brushing teeth

We donated this material to representatives of the Student Association and to the school Principal, Ms. Koshi.
Until now, students were participating in sports wearing different sportswear but thanks to our donation, they can all now participate wearing the same sportswear.
These gifts were made possible through the collaboration of local companies: Suzusei, Ito-Bunguten and Ito-Komeya.
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Some of the donated materials.


Ms. Koshi, the Principal of Kesen Junior High School and representatives of the Student Association.



Iwate Nippo, the local newspaper, published an article about our gifts. You can read the article here (in Japanese only).