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To build Tohoku Rainbow House, ASHINAGA Responds to Japan Earthquake/Tsunami: Emergency Support for Affected Children.

2011/06/24 [Press release]

  Ashinaga expresses its heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life and the indescribable damage that has resulted from the massive March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern region of Japan. As in any disaster, among the most vulnerable are the children. Ashinaga is working vigorously to provide financial, educational, and emotional support for the children who have been affected by the catastrophe.

About Ashinaga

  Its name inspired by the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs, Ashinaga is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan. For over 40 years, Ashinaga has been providing education-focused financial and emotional support to children whose parent or guardian suffer a serious disability, or who have lost one or both parents or guardians due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Each year, Ashinaga provides financial support to more than 6,000 students in need. Total academic loans and scholarships disbursed per year exceed US$22 million.

Ashinaga responds to the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean disaster

  For children who have lost their parents or guardians in the disaster or who have a parent or guardian affected by a severe disability resulting from the disaster, Ashinaga has implemented the following measures:

* Establishment of one-time relief payments for children (from infants to graduate school students) .
* Grace periods for repayment of regular Ashinaga educational loans.
* Dispatch of staff members to affected areas to identify children in need of psychological support.

    Ashinaga announced on December 22 an increase in its one-time emergency relief grants from 1.5 million yen to 2 million yen. These special grants are provided to children who lost parents/guardians, or whose parents/guardians suffered serious disabilities, due to the March 11 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. Ashinaga decided to provide the one-time emergency relief grants on March 14, 2011, only three days after the catastrophe, and has subsequently increased the grants twice, in May and October 2011. Ashinaga continued to receive donations even after the second increase, and, as of December 20, 2011, the amount of donations received by Ashinaga for the one-time emergency relief grants totaled 3,386 million yen.

    Ashinaga decided to implement this third increase in order to deliver the donated money to the families of eligible children as soon as possible. The increase will take effect on December 26. Ashinaga is sending previous grant recipients an additional 500,000 yen, equivalent to the difference between the original 1.5 million yen grants and the December 22 revised 2 million yen grants.

   These efforts are based on 16 years of experience and know-how that have been accumulated through the psychosocial care activities undertaken at Kobe Rainbow House, established subsequent to the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.

  Ashinaga welcomes donations to support its activities for educational funding and emotional care for children affected by the tragedy. If you would like to make a donation, please click the “Make a donation” box above, or send an e-mail to contact@ashinaga.org. We deeply appreciate your support.

To build Tohoku Rainbow House

     Based on our experience with the Rainbow Houses in Kobe and Tokyo, we are planning to build Rainbow House in Sendai city as outlined below. In addition to the main facility in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, we are planning to build satellite facilities in other locations, such as Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures.

About Project
     Children who suddenly lose parents, such as happened in the case of this disaster, are at increased risk for mental health and other—including economic—problems. The purpose of this program is threefold:
・To construct a facility that will provide both day-to-day and long-term psychosocial support to children who have lost one or both parents due to disaster.
・To conduct training programmes for people to act as “facilitators” who will help care for such children.

  *Plans are subject to change depending on land and design cost factors.


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