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MetLife Alico Employees' Children Support Program
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JCIE and MetLife Alico Japan have launched a special program, the MetLife Alico Employees' Children Support Program, to aid children and their families to cope with the recovery process. The program is made possible by donations from MetLife Alico employees, and it provides one-year grants to 21 Japanese groups for the grant period April 1, 2012—March 31, 2013.

 

Academy Camp Executive Committee (¥1 million; $12,150)

The radiation contamination in Fukushima will remain for decades. This group hopes to institutionalize the summer camp program for Fukushima children so as to be able to continue operating the program in the long-term. Children travel to a camp site to work on various team building exercises and other activities led by university students.

Ai Chikara (Power of Love): Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Support Group (¥1 million; $12,150)

Outdoor activities are limited for children in Fukushima due to radiation concerns. This 2-week program will bring children from Fukushima to Aichi in Western Japan, providing them with the opportunities to play in nature, experience farming and cooking, and build friendships.

Asuiku (Education for Tomorrow) (¥1 million; $12,150)

The organzation has been providing tutoring sessions since the immediate aftermath of the disaster, when schools were used as evacution shelters leaving students without adequate time or space for study. This grant supports the continuation of the tutoring program in five temporary housing locations in Sendai and the surrounding areas for elementary and middle school students.

ATOPICCO Network for Children of the Earth (¥1 million; $12,150)

This organization invites evacuee families with children who suffer from atopic syndrome/allergies to a summer camp, where they can enjoy outdoor and other activities in an allergy-safe environment. Special meals are provided to accommodate hypersensitive children.

BeSUPPORT (¥670,000; $8,140)

The group was established by clinical psychologists in March, 2011, and supports evacuees who have temporarily moved to Shizuoka. The group provides counseling and organizes group meetings, as well as fun activities for children and adults of evacuee families to lessen their stress and concerns.

Children & Youth Community Matching (¥1 million; $12,150)

The project sets up "mobile play areas and children's cafés" in temporary housing developments and schools by delivering toys, games, musical instruments and other items by truck to the Ishinomaki area.

Children's Garden (¥290,000; $3,523)

In Nihonmatsu in Fukushima, children's outdoor activities are restricted to 2 hours a day due to the risk of radiation exposure. Through this program, children take part in creative projects designed to stimulate their senses and encourage communication. Children enjoy activities such as building pyarmids with thousands of paper cups or creating edible scultures with candy and icing.

House for a Brighter Future of Fukushima Children (¥1 million; $12,150)

Due to concerns of radiation many families are hoping to "evacuate" from Fukushima, even if temporarily, so that children can have a chance to play outside and parents to relax without the constant fear of radiation. The group has secured 4 houses in Yamagata where families with children can stay for months at a time, and the grant supports the group’s continuation of this program in the long-term.

Ishinomaki Koyo Youth Mini Basketball Club (¥350,000; $4,252)

To provide children in Ishinomaki, one of the hard hit communities in Miyagi, with opportunities to get together with other children and enjoy sports, a mini-basketball tournament league will be organized in which mini-basketball teams in Ishinomaki and the surronding areas can participate.

Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School (¥550,000; $6,682)

The tsunami reached up to the roof of Kamaishi Higashi Jr. High School, washing away everything. A temporary school has been built, but it does not provide adequate equipment or space for club and after school activities, and families cannot cope with the financial burden to make up for these difficulties. A field is being built next door to the temporary school grounds, and this grant will help revive the school’s sports and after school activity programs for students.

Kirara Kai (Children of the Stars Group) (¥310,000; $3,766)

The group supports children with disabilities in gaining knowledge and learning various skills useful in daily and social life. After the disaster, the need for such support increased and a greater number of children with disabilities are now on the waiting list. The group plans to open another facility to expand their operations.

Kodomo to Noasobi-wo-tanoshimu kai (Enjoying the Outdoors with Children) (¥650,000; $7,897)

Though a summer/autumn camp of outdoor activities as well as art & music projects, this group seeks to create a space and outlet for the children of Kesennuma whose lifestyles have been disrupted by the disasters and subsequent rebuilding efforts.

Marutto Nishi-Nihon (Western Japan Evacuee Coordination Group) (¥700,000; $8,505)

Themselves a volunteer group of evacuees from Fukushima, this group aims to help mothers with children who hope and choose to move from Fukushima to Western parts of Japan by responding to individual inquiries, assisting in the process of the relocation, and networking with mothers in similar situations to help each other and to prevent isolation.

Miyagi Warasukko Project (Miyagi Child Laughter Project) (¥1 million; $12,150)

The program supports local kindergartens and preschools in Miyagi that are currently operating in temporary facilities or with limited capacities after the disaster. The group provides supplies as well as program and personnel support as kindergartens prepare to re-open or move from temporary locations to more permanent facilities.

Niko-niko Support (Smile Support) (¥1 million; $12,150)

The group runs a daycare center for children between 0 and 12 years old in Sendai to respond to the need of mothers who work or who wish to work. The grant will support the expansion of the nursery’s operations, as well as the opening of a café where children and mothers can gather. This also provides a space for community engagement and information exchange among working mothers who face similar challenges.

Ogawara Youth Swimming Club (¥410,000; $4,981)

Most swimming clubs in Miyagi are closed or have temporarily supended their programs since the disaster, and schools canceled swimming classes last summer due to the fear of radiation. For children who like swimming or want to learn to swim, a 3-day summer camp will be organized to provide the opportunity to learn and spend time together.

P@CT (3/11 Recovery Assistance Team) (¥500,000; $6,075)

The group has set up 8 afterschool centers for students from elementary to high school, where they can spend time with friends and receive tutoring services. The grant supports the operation of these centers and will help set up a secretariat to strengthen their coordination with universities and other institutions.

Peace Jam (¥670,000; $8,140)

The program aims to create peer support groups of mothers with small children in Miyagi who have been facing great challenges since the disaster. By organizing events such as yoga classes for mothers and babies, the group seeks to support and provide opportunities for mothers to connect with each other.

Rainbow Project for Playing With Art (¥500,000; $6,075)

Art workshops target children in Otsuchi-cho, one of the hardest hit communities in Iwate. Through interactive art projects, the program seeks to energize children in areas where most cultural facilities were damaged by the tsunami and are still non-existent.

Sukiurakai (LoveUrayasu) (¥400,000; $4,860)

The group is setting up a small Manga library in Ofunato in Iwate to provide a space where children can relax and interact with others. It also plans to organize events themed around Manga, such as drawing classes, in which children can take part as beneficiaries as well as organizers.

Tohoku University of Art & Design: Tohoku Reconstruction Association (¥1 million; $12,150)

A summer art camp will be organized for children and families from Minamisoma in Fukushima, one of the areas struggling to deal with high levels of radiation. The 4-day camp will create time for families to spend together in a safe environment while enjoying various art projects taught by university professors and students.



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