熊本地震の義援金 Kumamoto Earthquake Relief

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About Me:
My name is Natsuko Yamawaki and I am originally from Kumamoto, Japan.  Now, I live in Brooklyn with my husband and two children. My mother still lives in Japan. Thankfully she was unharmed by the quake. But like many others, she continues to sleep in her car out of fear of more quakes.

For many people, gaining access to food and water is a daily trial. Being so far away from my hometown and my family is hard but I want to help in someway.

Who I am raising for:
I am raising money for a nonprofit that specializes in helping to feed people in disaster areas. The name of the NGO is Kokyounaki Ryouri-Dan (Cook Abbassadors in English) and is run by Yoshiko Hondo, an amazing chef who has chosen to do humanitarian work with her talents.

How will the funds be used?

Please look at these sites to see what Kokkyonaki Ryouridan does:
This is Yoshiko's facebook page.

Here are some photos from Yoshiko's Facebook to show you.

How do I know Yoshiko?
I've been following Yoshiko's work for a long time and have great respect for what Kokkyounaki Ryouri-dan does She is a great chef and her organization has experience in overcoming the practical problems of working in these conditions.  

Right now, they are in Kumamoto providing meals to people.  I suggest you follow her posts on Facebook.

On this Facebook page, you can see that they are setting up a free lunch for tomorrow 4/30 at Simasimanoki restaurant.  


She has many photos of the work she has been doing in Kumamoto since the earthquakes hit. In the areas hard-hit by quakes, there is no running water, no electricity, and no cooking gas. People are relying on food from shelters and the temporary kitchens set up by groups like Kokkyounaki Ryouri-Dan.

As a chef, I wish I could go and cook side by side with them but since I cannot I want to raise money to support this effort. 

This is their website.

Handling of the contributions:

I will be personally withdrawing the funds from GoFundMe and am taking responsiblity to deliver them to Ms. Hondo of Kokkyounaki Ryouri Dan. 

To keep a clear electronic record, I am going to send them to Ms. Yoshiko Hondo via Paypal. This way the contributions will reach Yoshiko and be put to use as soon as possible.

Thank you so much for supporting this cause and supporting Kumamoto!

熊本地震 支援金ご協力のお願い



遠くにいる自分が被災地のために何ができるかと考えておりましたところ私の尊敬する料理家のYoshiko Hondoさんが現地での炊き出しを始められました。


今回はNY農場  http://www.nynojo.com/の4月2�...、また引き続きこのような活動を続けていきたいと思っております。


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送金先の国境なき料理団の本道佳子さんがニューヨークの皆様へご報告にと本日(12月27日)、日本よりブルックリンに熊本地震 体験談と活動の記録の冊子をお持ちくださいました。


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Thank you all very much for the warm messages and contributions. I’m happy to say that all the collections have now been successfully wired to Japan. Cook Ambassadors, Ombu Moco Project, and TAO Juku Support- Barrier-Free Food projects were all the recipients of the contributions. I know and believe that your contributions will put be to work for worthy causes.

Again, thank you so much for being part of these efforts.

Cook Ambassador
From Yoshiko Hondo : “I’ll be sure to give a full report to our friends in NY. Thank you so much”

Ombu Mocco Project
Providing comfort to moms and babies affected by the disaster

From a beneficiary of the Mocco Project:
My name is Yuichi Hirai from Kumamoto. I received a Ombu Mocco carrier today at an event in Kumamoto. This helps a lot. Thank you very much. My daughter is just 8 months old. While my house was not as affected as some others, our gate fell down, our Buddhist shrine and wardrobes flipped over, and cleanup was very hard. Just a few kilometers away from us, in Mashiki many houses were destroyed. Things will take a long time to be restored to the way they were. We will just try to do our best and carry on. Again, thank you for the support.

Kumamoto Earthquake, TAO Juku Support- Barrier-Free Food (Providing food for those suffering from food allergies that cannot eat the food supplied at shelters.

From Mr. Hatano of TAO Juku
Thank you so much. Our staff members are extremely uplifted by the show of support from our far-away friends in America.
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Thanks to your contributions we were able to raise $6240 for Kumamoto earthquake relief in just 1 week. I will be sending the collected funds directly to the NPO Cooking Ambassadors who are on the ground now in Kumamoto helping to feed many hungry families who have been displaced by the earthquake. Since the initial goal of $5000 raised has been exceeded, I am making the decision to close this fundraising page. The recovery effort in Kumamoto is likely to be long, and I hope to be part of other efforts to offer support going forward. I will post updates on my Facebook page and blog.


Praying for all of Kumamoto,

Natsuko 皆様のご支援のおかげでわずか一週間で$6240の義援金を集めることができました。


Facebookページ https://www.facebook.com/natsuko.yamawaki.9


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Thank you very much for all the people who contribute this project. So far I have collect $5270 which is more than my goal $5000 .That is amazing!!
I am going to do bake sale and street fundraising this weekend, After that I will transfer all the money to Japan. I will let you know how much I send .
Thank you very much!
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Raised by 61 people in 22 months
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Kenny Clark
22 months ago

I wish the best to your mother and ask those affected by the recent earthquake!

Akiko Murata
22 months ago

Thank you for your help to donate via my sessions. This donation is from C.Y, M.K, J.O, B.B and K.N. 募金セッションにご協力頂いて、有り難う御座いました。この募金は、私のクライアントさんたちからのものです。

22 months ago
Kyoko Noda
22 months ago

Sending unconditional love to Kumamoto/Ooita in Japan and people who are suffering by earthquake.

22 months ago
Masako Kono
22 months ago


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