Eyes for Fukushima (E4F) aims to promote grass roots internationalization in Fukushima Prefecture with devotion to improving the lives of people affected by the March 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami Disaster through events and fundraising. Eyes for Fukushima seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens and JET participants at the person-to-person level.
What does the kanji say?
It says, “Fukushima”. The first part of the kanji is fuku（福）. It means “good fortune” or “luck”. The second part is shima（島）. It means “island”.
What is the red character?
The red character is a cow. Its name is Akabe （あかべぇ）and is from the Aizu region of Fukushima prefecture. Its name is derived from two words joined together. The word, “aka” meaning red and “beko/bego” meaning cow in the local dialect of Aizu. The figurines and souvenir items in Fukushima are often referred to as Akabeko.
Where is the money going to?
The money collected from April until August 2011 went to the Fukushima Prefecture Disaster Countermeasures Office (福島県災害対策本部). The money will be distributed to the people who were affected by the tsunami and nuclear power plant incident. We’ve been informed that the money will not be used for infrastructure, but given to the residents in the heavily affected areas on the coast who have been displaced since March 11.
The money collected from September 2011 until March 2012 was donated to 2 projects.
The first project was the Christmas event at Iris Gakuen OrphanagePlease look at the Facebook Event page for more details.
The second project is the Fukushima Children’s Charity. The money will be distributed to the orphans that are homeless and without parental care since after the March 11 disasters. The money will be used for their housing and education. Please look at the Fukushima Children’s Charity page for more information.
The money raised from now on will go to charity events hosted by Eyes for Fukushima, the E4F Microgrant Program and also to other charity organizations that are active and dedicated to promoting recovery and restorations efforts in Fukushima Prefecture after the March 11th, 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and resulting tsunami and nuclear disaster.
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