CWAJ Fukushima Relief Projects
CWAJ Fukushima Relief Projects was launched as a quick response to support the areas stricken by the Great East Japan Earthquake. After meeting with doctors who were actively involved at evacuation centers and doing our own research on relief measures, CWAJ decided the way our organization could best help would be to focus on Fukushima. CWAJ’s first relief project was realized in January 2012 with the donation to Nagomi Mental Health Care Center in Soma City of a medical van with wheelchair lift which provides transportation for patients and facilitates home visits by mental care counselors.
CWAJ next launched a unique scholarship in 2012 for Fukushima Medical University School of Nursing students dedicated to helping the recovery of their community. The scholarship was expanded to include students at the Graduate School of Nursing in 2016. A total of 13 Fukushima Relief Scholarships have been awarded so far, with 3 more being awarded in May 2017. Scholarship recipients who have graduated have gone on to serve the community as nurses, midwives and in public health.
Asobijutsu (Art as Play) is a creative and fun art program for children. Led by Professor Koichi Ebizuka of Tama Art University, CWAJ held Asobijutsu programs in Sukugawa, Soma, and at the Fukushima Prefectural Museum of Art in the summers of 2014, 2015 and 2016. These unique, liberating and creative art experiences for children in Fukushima have been highly received and will be held again in 2017 and 2018.
CWAJ has a long history of providing cross-cultural English programs for children. In 2014 we were pleased to use that expertise to brighten the lives of children in Fukushima with a new project, English Program for Children in Fukushima. As of December 2016, 12 English programs have been held at PEP Kids Koriyama, plus programs at two other venues. In total, more than 300 children have attended these English programs.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, artists, fundraising concerts, we will continue to provide support to help recovery through these programs initiated by CWAJ which align with the organization’s mission of supporting education, art and cross-cultural understanding.
To learn more about each program, please click on the program tab to the left.
Dr. Shin’ichi Niwa and President Fukuma
CWAJ was very honored to receive the Governor's Award of Appreciation from Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori in recognition of CWAJ's support of Fukushima, presented by Dr. Shin’ichi Niwa at the April Luncheon. Dr. Niwa also gave CWAJ a specially-made pair of okiagari koboshi papier-mâché dolls that recover their upright position when pushed over, a beautiful symbol of Fukushima’s recovery from adversity. We were privileged and grateful to hear his update on recovery efforts.
CWAJ’s support of Fukushima is ongoing. The 2017 recipients of the Fukushima Relief Scholarship will be announced at the May 10 Luncheon. These students at the Fukushima Medical University are dedicated to helping their local community and will have far-reaching future impact. The FRP team is also busy planning this summer’s Asobijutsu (“Art as Play”) program. The dates will be announced soon, and we encourage many CWAJ members to participate in this fun program for children in Fukushima.