On March 11, Japan was hit by one of the most catastrophic natural
disasters in living memory. How can faith help Japan deal with the tragedy?
Akemi Solloway practices Shinto, the traditional faith of Japan, in
which natural elements are treated as divine powers. Read
Japan's children of the tsunami 3.11
Maria is one of them, she lost her parents, grandparents and a
younger brother because of the Tsunami.Read
Aid For Japan, the First Journey
Aid for Japan, the first visiting to Japan's tsunami orphanages
in December 2011. Aid for Japan、２０１１年１２月の日本での活動報告ビデオ。 児童養護施設を訪問し、英国から持参したチョコレートとクリスマスカードのプレゼントを子供達に渡しました。Read
BBC Radio 4
Akemi Solloway was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4 about the recent Japan Tragedy. Click here » to listen to her speak about the event. Akemi's interview starts at 9:32 in this live program.
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On the 11th March 2011 the most powerful earthquake ever to have hit
Japan with a magnitude of 9.0 Mw occurred off the Tohoku east coast. This
earthquake, which has become known as the Great East Japan Earthquake,
happened at 14.46 JST.
One of the most terrible consequences of the earthquake and subsequent
tsunami has been the substantial loss of life in Japan. This has resulted
in about 350 Japanese children now being orphaned due to the death of
both their parents and a further 1500 children have lost one of their
parents from this disaster.
‘Aid for Japan’ is a United Kingdom registered charity. Our aim is to
provide long-term support to these Japanese children who have been orphaned.
We have invited two children during Christmas time in 2012. Please watch
this clip from Japanese TV news.
1. What is the unique selling point of our charity?
We specifically support orphans who lost parents in the Tsunami Disaster
on the 11th March 2011. Our charity, established under UK law, will help
these orphans by raising funds in the UK.
2. What can we do for Tsunami orphans?
We can provide financial support for education fees and mental care and
give the children a chance to visit the UK to meet their supporters.
Supporters can sponsor an orphan by monthly standing order and have the
opportunity to exchange letters and emails with them which will be translated
by our volunteers.
Before two the children visited UK, Akemi sensei’s students had met them
in the spring of 2012 in Japan. Please watch this short video.
We would like to invite the children back with other orphans during this
summer holiday 2013.
During their stay, they shall not only sightseeing but also studying
the English language and manner. They shall spend time with the English
students who are studying Japanese language.
We include animal therapy, art therapy, music and dance therapy, drama
therapy in the class.
3. How do our actions help orphans?
Our charity is a contact point for orphans and their careers who have
an interest in the English language and culture. As these are an important
part of education in Japan, we aim to help build valuable skills for the
Please read the report by one of girls that visited the UK in Christmas
Childhood has a huge influence on the future of lives of young people.
As children grow up so quickly, their experiences before they become adults
are precious. By reaching out, we seek to raise as much money as possible
and send our wishes from the UK to support the lives and futures of the
5. Why is our charity different?
Because we are a small charity organisation, we are able to give supporters
more personal updates about their sponsored orphans through our web site
and show how their money is being used. Sponsors will be able to see the
real benefits of their donations, as we report on the progress of children
as they grow up.
6. What is our relationship with the orphans’ schools in Japan?
We always contact to orphans’ schools and visit to meet teachers and
friends. When we invited two children in 2012, we asked permission for
their winter holidays to start earlier than normal to allow them time
7. What do we plan for the next six months?
We will ask companies and other organizations with connections to Japan,
such as martial arts clubs, to support our work.
Gift Aid reference number is XT31630 to HM Revenue & Customs.
8. Sunday 10th March 2013
We will hold two years memorial event for the Great East Japan Earthquake
and have a two minutes silence for the victims.
Two Years Anniversary
9. Monday 11th March Evening
Details at the top of this page.
For reaching out to the press and media, we plan to run a parade in London
wearing kimono and cosplay as manga or anime characters.
We will communicate with other charities related to education and investigate
the potential of creating future scholarship schemes in collaboration
with them and create a network of both young and retired volunteers in
the UK so that we can all work together for Aid For Japan together.
10. Long-term activities.
We want to become a well-established and reputable organization to provide
long-term support for these orphans from our work in the UK and provide
a place where orphans can come to study English at any time.
The orphans’ schools will be connected with English schools so that young
English students studying Japanese can exchange letters through us to
promote friendship between Japan and the UK.
The first group of orphans came to UK in 2012 and we plan to bring more
groups during summer holidays in 2013.
We shall research the differences between legal and social systems in
England and Japan to understand their differences.
11. Why the UK?
For the Japanese orphans the UK is a distant land and culture. The orphans
who contact our organisation are interested in England and the English
language and so visiting British people is an exciting and precious experience.
One letter received by one of Akemi’s students from an 11 years old orphan
said “I am so excited to be going to England”
Akemi’s English students and others are looking forward to seeing them
and are already planning sightseeing adventures in London. To give such
tours in London, British students have to study Japanese very hard, which
improves their own skills.
We want to give our heartfelt wishes to the Tsunami orphans to show that
our support is not only with money but to tell them that we really care
and think about them.
12. Why we should support them for the long-term.
Each orphan will get British supporter. British supporters can watch
the children grow up. They will communicate by letter, e-mail and Skype
in the future.
This is a monthly automatic donations (£10 suggested) Please fill out
this form with
your signature, and send to our office address: Flat 12, The Towers, Lower
Mortlake Road, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 2JR ENGLAND
If you would like to help one orphan for a monthly automatic donation,
we can send you more information. Please choose one orphan ( Maria or
Kana) to support monthly. Minimum £10, please.
When the orphans reach adulthood and our financial support comes to an
end we hope that relationship will continue. With a personal link to the
UK, the orphans will have a contact point for future UK visits.
We want the orphans to feel that the UK is their second home.
Our registered charity 'AID FOR JAPAN' will provide long-term psychological
and educational support by raising money and essential items at Japanese
cultural events in the UK.
We travel to Japan to meet the children and find out their needs,
film their progress, and show the films at our Japanese cultural events
in the UK to raise more support . We have already staged five such
Join Us !
Our weekly meeting is from 7:30 every Wednesday!
Please come and join our Bunkasai Club - Japanese and English language
cultural and Charity Club
Before we left the U.K., we had
contacted several Japanese NPOs (non-profit organisations). They had
given us a lot of good advice and helped us get in touch with the
right orphanages. We brought chocolates, toys and Christmas cards
for all the people we were to visit, including the staff of the orphanages...Read
Head of Welfare of the Child Care
sector of Miyagi prefecture, Head of the Childrens' Counselling sector
of Miyagi prefecture, Chairman of the Foster Parent Association of
Miyagi prefecture, a wife of the Chairman of the Foster Parent Association
of Sendai city. We left Sendai city station for ...Read