Honoring the six month anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeastern coast of Japan, Linkin Park visits children affected by the disaster in Ishinomaki, accompanied by international children’s agency Save the Children.
Within days following the disaster, Linkin Park launched a massive fundraising campaign through Music for Relief, with all proceeds going to Save the Children’s relief and recovery efforts in Japan.
Six months later, Linkin Park was on the ground in the north-eastern town of Ishinomaki to witness first-hand how children are coping, and see how Save the Children’s efforts are making a difference in the recovery process.
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WESTPORT, Conn. (September 12, 2011) — Ty Warner, CEO of toy manufacturing giant Ty Inc. travelled to Sendai, Japan — a city devastated by the March earthquake and tsunami — on a visit hosted by international humanitarian organization Save the Children, to see how children are coping six months after the disaster.
In April, Mr. Warner donated $1 million to Save the Children’s relief efforts in Japan. Following the earthquake, Save the Children set up child friendly spaces in evacuation centers, providing children a chance to unwind and play with their friends in a safe environment and helping them recover from the stress and anxiety of the disaster. Save the Children also provided school materials to more than 3,000 children and supported school cafeterias that fed some 20,000 children.
Save the Children plans to support 65 centers in Fukushima, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures, offering day care services and after-school activities with financial, material and technical assistance.
Mr. Warner created special Beanie Babies® to help relief efforts following the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. While in Sendai, Warner visited two gakudos, or after school centers, where he hand delivered HOPE FOR JAPAN™ Beanie Boos™ to children.
“I was deeply moved by the disaster in Japan and plan to visit the Sendai area to meet the children who have endured so much,” said Mr. Warner ahead of his visit. “While tremendous progress has been made in the Miyagi Prefecture, there is still so much to be done. I hope my visits to the area bring ongoing attention to this critical cause and bring joy to the families who have suffered. I am committed to helping this great nation recover and move forward.”
Save the Children has committed to a five-year plan to help children in affected areas return to normal life, support educational opportunities, restore community ties and promote the participation of children in the reconstruction process.
The welfare ministry decided Wednesday to set up mental health care centers for children who lost parents to the March disaster in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, ministry sources said.
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has concluded that such facilities are necessary to enlist more psychiatrists and provide thorough care to more than 1,500 children now without one or both parents.
The program will be financed by ¥2.7 billion earmarked for that purpose in the first extra budget following the disaster.
Among children aged 17 and younger, there were 234 orphans as of Aug. 31 — 93 in Iwate, 120 in Miyagi and 21 in Fukushima.
Another 1,295 children lost one parent — 445 in Iwate, 711 in Miyagi and 139 in Fukushima.
The ministry believes their mental condition could take a turn for the worse over time.
However, there are only about 300 child psychiatrists in Japan and many child counseling centers are also short of mental caregivers. To make up for the shortage, the new care centers will create a system to bring together local school counselors, experts at child counseling offices, pediatricians and volunteers to exchange information.
A care team will be formed in each municipality to continue offering help while monitoring the mental health of the children, who have moved in with relatives or begun living with only one parent.
The mental health care centers will also conduct study sessions and provide on-the-job training for caregivers, including counselors and volunteers, to enhance the quality of the care services.
Bearbrick is back with another high-profile collaboration with American rock band Linkin Park. Bearbrick’s eminent figure is seen here with black and grey colorway sporting “Linkin Park” on the right leg with artistic graphics seen on the arm, main body and head. The toy will coincide with the band’s charitable “A Thousand Horizons” event at NicoFarre in Tokyo which will benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan. This limited collaboration toy is available at NicoFarre for ¥ 1,800 JPY (approximately $23 USD).
This was already posted at giantrobot.com on April 11, but as the two month anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami is coming closer it’s still newsworthy, in my opinion. Michael Arias writes about his trips to Tohoku after the catastrophe:
Today is the one-month anniversary of the Tohoku quake and tsunami disaster, but my flat is still rattling from aftershocks (I counted three today, but I’m sure there were more). Last weekend was actually the first I’ve spent at home in Tokyo since March 11, when the big one hit. Much of the last month I’ve been up north, looking for my in-laws, ferrying supplies to relief organizations, and being a guide for foreign television crews looking to get close to ground zero in the first days after the disaster. Continue reading Tohoku: One Month After The Tsunami