Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Survivors to call for Aid at Times Square, NYC June 9, 2011
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Three months after the Japan earthquake, high school and college students who lost their parents in the disaster flew to New York to call for support for the bereaved. They held a fundraising campaign at Times Square with others who were orphaned by the Kobe earthquake, 9-11, and Hurricane Katrina, and also visited Ground Zero and a local high school. The fundraiser is hoped to help in the construction of a “Rainbow House” facility to provide psychological care for bereaved youths. <<read more>>
The fundraiser is being organized by Japanese nonprofit organization Ashinaga (“long-legs”), named after the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs. For over 40 years, Ashinaga has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have lost one or both parents or guardians due to accidents, illness, disaster, or suicide. Each year it provides financial support to more than 6,000 students, and total academic loans and scholarships disbursed exceed US$22 million per year.
In April, Ashinaga established an office in Sendai, northern Japan and is offering payments to children for their continued education. It plans to build a “Tohoku Rainbow House” facility within two years.
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