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Great East Japan Earthquake Tomoshibi Kai

Sakura no Seibo Sponsorship Program: Outline

The Congregation de Notre Dame School Corporation and the Congregation de Notre Dame Religious Corporation have set up a sponsorship program. It has as its purpose the healthy upbringing of children who have lost their parents in the Great East Japan Earthquake. Our objective is to use the facilities of Sakura no Seibo Gakuin Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School, Senior High School and Junior College of the Congregation de Notre Dame School Corporation to educate these children who are to build the future of Fukushima and of Japan. It is our earnest hope that they may find meaning in their lives and develop strength of will, courage and love to contribute to the transformation of society as genuine persons of character.

In this sponsorship program, we plan to implement the following projects.

  1. For children who have lost their parents or guardians and have no means of livelihood, we intend to provide the environment of a warm family life.
    *This program is available to both boys and girls in the early grades. However, from junior high school onwards we receive only girls.
    * We will begin by providing care for 10 students.
  2. These students will be exempt from paying entrance fees and tuition for Sakura no Seibo Kindergarten, Elementary School, Junior High School, Senior High School, and Junior College. We hope to provide them with an education that will enable them to become persons who can make a contribution to society.
  3. For the emotional well-being of the children who have lost their parents/guardians and of the families who care for them, we will offer various opportunities for consultation.
  4. 80,000 yen per month will be allotted as a support fund to the families who receive these children.

In addition, for this project we earnestly ask the warm support and cooperation of everyone in the following appeal.

  1. We are making an appeal for foster homes for these children. For particulars, kindly inquire at the address given on the back of this folder.
  2. We are soliciting financial donations to help the families who have become sponsors. A separate sheet outlines the main details concerning the fund-raising, but for further information, contact the address on the back of this folder.

Sakura no Seibo Sponsorship Program: Appeal for Donations

Sakura no Seibo Gakuin had its beginnings with the education of war orphans after world War II. We are returning to our origins, and even in severe financial conditions, in each section of Sakura no Seibo Gakuin earthquake and tsunami orphans will be exempted from entrance fees and tuition. Moreover, as financial help to families who receive children who have lost parents or family members, this sponsorship program will provide a grant of \80,000 per month as a support fund for their living expenses. At first we want to begin with about ten students, so our financial aim will be about \10,000,000 for a year. Moreover, we estimate that this will be a long-term project lasting about 20 years until the children become adults and go into the world as worthy citizens of their local society.

Therefore, we seek your support for the inauguration and continuation of this sponsorship program, and your wholehearted cooperation as we solicit donations for the children who will need our help for their living expenses over a long period of time.

* We could not find a word to express adequately the many-faceted beauty of the Japanese word Tomoshibi , which means a light, beacon or torch. The word Kai means an association or society.

Amount of donation

1 unit of 5,000 yen yearly

* It would be appreciated if you could give more than 1 unit.
* We earnestly hope for the support of those who can make a yearly contribution.

Range of soliciting

Individuals and corporations


For financial transfers, please use the following bank account:

N.B. At the present stage this Association is a voluntary group,(not a registered charity) and so a form for tax exemption cannot be issued. We ask for your support and understanding in advance.

Inquiries may be sent to the following address:

Contact person: Ms. Soko Saito
Great East Japan Earthquake Tomoshibi Kai Head Office
(Sakura no Seibo Gakuin School Corporation Office)
3-6 Hanazono-cho, Fukushima City 960 – 8585
Tel.: 024 – 531 – 6805
Fax: 024 – 534 – 8891
E-mail: s-soko@ssg.ac.jp

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