Emergency Support for Affected Children: ASHINAGA Responds to Japan Earthquake/Tsunami
Ashinaga, named for the 1912 American novel Daddy-Long-Legs, is a nonprofit organization based in Tokyo, Japan, which for over 40 years has been providing financial and emotional support to children who have a parent/guardian with a serious disability, or who have lost one or both parents/guardians due to illness, accident, disaster, or suicide. Each year Ashinaga provides financial support to more than 6,000 students in need; total academic loans and scholarships disbursed exceed US$22 million annually.
As in any emergency, children are among the most vulnerable. Ashinaga is now working vigorously to provide financial and emotional support to children affected by the March 11, 2011, earthquake/tsunami. One focus involves the provision of special financial support to children who lost parents/guardians in the disaster, or whose parent/guardian suffered a severe disability in connection with the disaster. These measures include one-time relief payments and special terms for regular Ashinaga educational funding.
Ashinaga has also dispatched several staff members to the disaster area to identify children in need of support. These efforts are based on the 16 years of experience and know-how accumulated through the psychosocial care activities of the Kobe Rainbow House, which was established subsequent to the 1995
Contact Ashinaga (Ashinaga Ikueikai)
Address: 1-6-8 Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, JAPAN Postal code: 102-8639
E-mail: email@example.com Telephone: +81-3-3221-0888 Fax: +81-3-3221-7676
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