Fukushima Kids Hawaii 2016~17
Recent article here:
Fukushima Kids Hawaii article in Keola Magazine, July-Aug 2016
In 2016 Summer, we have had 6 children with a chaperon from Fukushima for 19 days in Hawaii (Kona and Oahu). We will continue the effort as long as there is support and need for this program.
Our annual buedget for 2016-2017 (next summer program and housing babies and moms program for all year round) is $30,000. We will be fundraisng by giving talks, concerts, ZUMBA parties in Kona and Japan, but most of all, this GoFundMe is the most reliable source of fund for us as anyone in the world who cares can donate. You, reading this, are the one who care.
Every donation makes a differnece and we appreciate whatever you can give to continue our program. Thank you and Arigato.
Fukushima Kids Hawaii almost has hosted 100 children and moms from Fukushima in Kona, Hawaii thanks to your support!! Mahalo.
Below was written back in 2015.
We have 14 children age 8 to 18 from Fukushima here in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, with 3 chaperons(moms), participating our Fukushima Kids Hawaii Project Winter School 2014, from Dec 15, 2014 to Jan 7, 2015.
They have experienced earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011 and nuclear disaster with 3 meltodowns of nuclear power plants following the earthquake. In spite of all the effort to stop the radiatoin leakage, the 3 broken nuclear reactors still release tons of radiation contiuously, the level of radiation in some parts of Fukushima is higher than what we consider normal and livable.
But most of the people in Fukushima still live there as our government changed the safe standard of radiation higher (from 1 millsievert to 20 millsievert per year) after Marcn 11, 2011 so that it is "safe" and livable in Fukushima.
As a result, about 270,000 children are still living in Fukushima today and 40% of those children have developed thyoid cysts, 103 confirmed thyroid canser.
We, myself and my husband Gen, both evacuees from Chiba after the disaster, started Fukushima Kids Hawaii in 2013 to invite children from Fukushima to Kona for a healthy respite for healing and learning. We have hosted 62 children and families from Fukushima so far.
While their stay in Kona, they get to learn how to harvest from the organic farm, to cook healthy melas, to learn to speak peacefully through NVC, learnt to heal themselves naturally, and will regain the vitality and optimal health. They go to swim in the ocean, swim with dolphins and watch humpack whales.
This winter, we have more children (normally 5~8 children for summer/winter school, but this time 14 children) than ever due to the popular demand, and we have been trying so hard to raise fund to cover the cost of their airfares, meals, lodging and activities.
But we have not reached the funding goal yet to cover the expenses of this winter program. That is why I started gofundme today.
If you can help us any way, you will be helping Fukushima children directly. All of our staff are volunteers including myself.
We thank you from the bottom of our heart for supporting Fukushima children who need a healthy respite from radiation.
The meals for the children alone cost $5000 ($5/meal times 1008 during their stay :24 days for 14 children eating 3 times a day).
For more details about Fukuhima Kids Hawaii:
check this site on the right:
Oct 21, 5-7pm@The Sweet Spot, Kona
Dec 2, 5-7pm@Kona Coffee and Tea Company, Kona
Dec 18, 4-6pm@Hawaiian Queen Coffee Garden, Kona
Dec 26, 7-9pm@Nippori Sunny Hall, Tokyo
Thank you for your interest and support! See You at one of those events.