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The Ashinaga Movement: 40 Years of Supporting Parentless Children

1967: Yoshiomi Tamai, who lost his mother to a traffic accident, founds "Association for Traffic Orphans."
1970: The 1st National Student Fundraising event is held. Summer camps for high school students begin.
1983: The Association expands its mission to include orphans of natural disasters.
1993: The Association adds orphans of illness, and evolves into the present-day Ashinaga.
1995: The Great Hanshin Earthquake occurs. More than 6,000 people die; at least 573 children become orphans.
1999: Rainbow House, the first day-care center for orphans in Japan, is established in Kobe. Earthquakes occur in Taiwan, Colombia, and Turkey. Ashinaga sends a total of US$360,000 in donations to those countries.
2000: The 1st International Summer Camp for Orphans is held. Children from Taiwan, Colombia, Turkey, and Kosovo attend.
2007: The 8th International Summer Camp for Orphans takes place with 100 orphaned children from 18 countries; 50 orphans are from five countries hit by the Indian Ocean tsunami. Since 1969 over 80,000 orphaned Japanese children have gone to school with the support of Ashinaga scholarships.
2008: China is added to Ashinaga year-abroad program sites; three students participate in the first group studying in Beijing.
2009: Three international students from Indonesia and Sri Lanka join three students from Uganda already studying at Japanese universities.
2010: Three more students from Uganda begin studying at Japanese universities in April, while two students from Haiti and one student each from Iraq and Afghanistan begin their studies in September, bringing to 13 the total number of students from abroad currently studying at universities in Japan with Ashinaga support.

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