Brownsville to Japan Trip Fund

$61,179 of $58,570 goal

Raised by 1,285 people in 5 months
Created March 10, 2018
Eric Jordan
on behalf of Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS (FDA VII HS)
(ページをスクロール頂きますと、日本語での募金案内がございます。)

POST-TRIP UPDATE: First, THANK YOU to everyone who has supported us at every step! Our Japan trip was a great success, and there is tremendous energy and interest toward another international trip for 2019, with our grand goal being 6 continents in 6 years. *All remaining funds are being managed by my school, and all additional donations received here are automatically transferred to FDA's account for future travel.*

***July 22nd -- We were just featured in the Japan Times! Thank you to Baye McNeil. CLICK HERE .***

July 13th -- Japan trip First Look video slideshow sent to all current donors

Coming by the end of July -- full trip video!

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(Original post)

The greatest gifts are not things, but experiences.


I am Bijoun Eric Jordan, an English teacher in Brooklyn finishing my 14th year in the classroom.  I teach to give students access and opportunity, and the greatest way I've ever taken that on was creating a crowdfunded trip to Spain last year.

You, or people like you, helped a group of students in Brownsville, one of the toughest parts of Brooklyn, NY, to experience life in parts of the world they probably would never have seen otherwise. Most come from families that are struggling to provide their children with the best. For many, it was their first time leaving the country, or their first time ever being on an airplane.

Now, we are back at it again. This July, with your help, 17 scholars from Frederick Douglass Academy VII will travel to Japan, the Land of the Rising Sun, and embark on a seven-day itinerary filled with historical and cultural exposure and exchange. For those fascinated by Japan, it will fulfill a longtime dream; for all of them, it will provide a sample of life that is way different from their day-to-day.

The trip is not free for any of the travelers; each student's family pays a portion of the cost, with the majority coming from donations and community fundraisers. All funds are being deposited in a school account.

Students going on this trip will graduate with passports in hand, the knowledge that there is a way to get anywhere they want to go, and knowing they belong anywhere they say they belong. Let's change 17 lives.

We thank you for your support and love in all forms.

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(日本語での募金活動のお知らせ)
アメリカの貧困地区の高校生が、日本の若者と交流し、日本の文化を知るため、日本への旅を企画しています。
しかし資金が不足し、今のままでは、半分程度の子どもが旅を諦めることになります。
是非ご寄付をお願いいたします。


ブルックリンのブラウンズビル地区は、ニューヨークで最も治安が悪いエリアの一つです。
ここの子どもたちは生まれた時から、拳銃による殺人や麻薬にまつわる犯罪を目の当たりにし、極度の貧困に苦しんでいます。
片親の子どもも多く、海外旅行はおろか、国内旅行すらほとんどしたことがありません。
そんな彼らが日本への旅行を計画し、そのための資金を集めています。

発起人は、この地域の高校の先生、エリック・ジョーダン。
参加するのは国際クラブに所属する17人の生徒。
7月2日から8日間の予定で日本旅行を予定しています。
日本の伝統文化や、ファッション、漫画などに触れるだけでなく
現地の高校生との交流も予定しています。

旅のゴールは、生徒たちに外の世界を知ってもらうこと。
そして、自分で行動して未来を切り開く、きっかけとすること。
世界中の国から日本を旅先に選んだのは生徒たち自身です。

生徒たちの家庭は経済的に大変苦しいのですが、
それぞれが6万円ほどの旅費を出し、不足分を皆様からの寄付で賄おうとしています。
これまで数カ月にわたり募金活動をしてきましたが、まだ資金が不足しています。
今のままでは、半分程度の生徒が旅を諦めることになります。

せっかく彼らが日本に大きな興味を持ち、
日本の子どもたちと交流したいと思っているのに
あと一歩のところで資金が不足しているのです。

生徒たち一人分の旅費は30万円程度。
どのような金額のご寄付でも構いません。
彼らの夢を実現するために、ご寄付を是非お願いいたします。
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THANK YOU for creating THIS. To our 1280 donors and a whole village of other supporters, you have made a unique and unforgettable week in Japan possible. This brief glimpse into our journey is just a first look -- more to come.
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Good morning! Here is our official announcement outside of social media that Br2Jpn is FUNDED! THANK YOU for making this happen! Check the video for what's next -- https://youtu.be/xoDXgBXGDXg -- and if you missed our Pix11 piece, you can see it here: http://pix11.com/2018/06/18/brownsville-teacher-and-students-raise-money-for-trip-to-japan/
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$50,000 raised, Monday deadline, and a special giveback for our top donors! #Br2Jpn https://youtu.be/486tE2SjS-A
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UPDATE! Campaign extended for a week -- following our best week ever! Matching donations, 5K, and more. https://youtu.be/QwO8w0AjFFw
Sunday Update! 10,016, 5,000, and 20!
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Raised by 1,285 people in 5 months
Created March 10, 2018
Eric Jordan
on behalf of Frederick Douglass Academy VII HS (FDA VII HS)
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