March 11, 2013

Kizuna.web

Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water – it will make ripples throughout the entire pond…
― Jessy and Bryan Matteo


 

FOCUS:  Digital Art

Today marks the two year anniversary of the 9.0 Tohoku earthquake that triggered a tsunami that ravaged northeast Japan.  The tsunami swallowed coastal communities, battered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and left nearly 19,000 people dead or missing.  Efforts to rebuild the disaster-hit region are ongoing. However, figures show more than 300,000 people are still without a permanent home, many remaining in cramped temporary housing units.

My daughter and several other high school students from around the U.S. are currently in Japan as part of the Kizuna Project.  This project is sponsored by the Japanese government to promote understanding and compassion for those affected by this tragedy.  You can find out more about this ongoing effort at:  http://sv2.jice.org/kizuna/e/for-first-time-visitors.htm