HONOLULU (Feb. 5, 2013) — Japan-America Society of Hawai‘i is the recipient of a $30,000 grant from TOMODACHI to promote ties between children of Hawai‘i and Tohoku, Japan.
Under this project, to be called TOMODACHI-Rainbow Program, JASH will send Hawai‘i’s children, who participated in hosting Japanese children that visited Hawai‘i under the Rainbow for Japan Kids project, to Tohoku to renew ties made here.
TOMODACHI is a public-private partnership led by the US-Japan Council and the U.S. Embassy in Japan, with support from the Government of Japan, that supports Japan’s recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and invests in the next generation of Japanese and Americans in ways that strengthen cultural and economic ties, and deepen the friendship between the United States and Japan over the long-term.
TOMODACHI has supported the Rainbow for Japan Kids (RFJK) project from its inception. The RFJK program invites approximately 20-25 children several times per year, from the Tohoku region, who were affected by the March 11, 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear fallout, to Hawai‘i for rest, recuperation, and physical/psychological relief.
A major goal of the program is to encourage these children to form friendships with local children through joint activities, such as staying together at Oahu North Shore’s Camp Erdman YMCA Camp and at Hawai‘i’s Kilauea Military Camp in pristine Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. This new grant will allow Hawai‘i kids who developed friendships with Japanese children through the RFJK program to visit them in Tohoku to renew ties.
The visit will also be structured for Hawai‘i’s children to visit disaster-affected areas, schools, and participate in volunteer activities. The visits are planned for this summer. JASH will administer the project in collaboration with local organizations such as The Bridge Club of Hawai‘i.
A JASH statement said the generous TOMODACHI donation shows its willingness for continued support the Rainbow for Japan Kids program. More information on these programs can be found on the JASH website at www.jasHawaii.org.