An Update on Emergency Relief Work in Kumamoto

The following is an update from FTCJ board member Nagano Eri on the ongoing emergency relief work in support of victims of the recent earthquake in Kumamoto.
From Kanto to Kumamoto – A Truck Full of Reliable Food, Supplies Reaches Mothers in Need
Thanks to everyone's support and effort, we were able to send a truck full of allergy friendly foods and other crucial relief supplies to Kumamoto on April 21st.
The truck arrived safely the following day, April 22nd, and its contents were collected and delivered to Kumamoto City Keitoku Elementary School which served as the main site for distribution of the donated food and relief supplies. Other evacuation sites served as city organized free meal centers as well as designated drop off and distribution sites for relief supplies.
Our deepest thanks go out to the large number of individuals and groups that helped make the distribution of relief supplies and the the organization of free meal centers a reality. To all those who donated, helped sort supplies, and especially to the volunteers in Kumamoto, thank you so much for your time and effort!
As relief efforts in Kumamoto are still ongoing, we look forward to your continued support and generosity.


Sponsored by: Maria Project – Nagano Eri, representative, FTCJ board member
Co-Sponsored by: NPO Childrin, Organic Seed Club, Club World Peace Japan, NPO Free the Children Japan
Partnered by: Friends of The Association of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises – Yachio Branch, Earth Day Market Kumamoto, Kumamoto Support Team, Free The Children Japan – Kumamoto, residents of the Kanto region who generously donated and gave their time to help (Mama Network)
Free The Children Japan's emergency relief efforts are still ongoing as well and as always we look forward to your donations!


Message from Marc & Craig and frineds from India and Philippines for Kumamoto

We got messages from Marc & Craig and staff of our partner NGOs in India and Philippines for victims of Kumamoto Earthquake. We always pray for all victims in Kyushu.
Message from Marc and Craig
The first time I [Craig] visited the Kyushu Island in 2000, I met a remarkable 15-year old girl named Miku, who founded the Kumamoto Chapter of Free The Children Japan. Since then we have had long-time supporters in the region, and they have been incredible in our youth empowerment movement. We’re deeply grateful for all the support and championing from the youth of the Kumamoto Chapter.
We were deeply saddened to hear that Kumamoto was struck by an earthquake recently. As such, we wanted to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to all the victims of the earthquake and their families. Know that our thoughts are with you all as you transverse the long road to recovery. Please stay safe during this difficult time and know that you are all certainly at the top of our thoughts.
Your Free The Children family is sending all our love, support, and deepest sympathies.
Marc and Craig

It was very sad to hear about two earthquakes hitting. Please let us know about the situation.
We know the country and its people  is very strong and capable enough to handle such situation.

We pray for speedy recovery from the damages. All over the world is being hit by earthquakes even in kolkata last week.
Be safe and be well.


Swapan Mukherjee
CCD (NGO in West Bengal, India)


message from Harriet 3


A Letter of Thanks from Leyte Island, Philippines

First of all, we're happy to report that we were able to reach our goal of 3,000,000 yen (approx. 35,500 US dollars) to help build a school in the disaster stricken area of Ormoc City in the Philippines. Second, we have recently received a thank you letter from the local community which we will share with you now!
To everyone who helped build our school,
We want you all to know that despite the disaster that struck the Philippines and our city, we are doing really well.
Although there are still many areas that require rebuilding, we have been able to overcome so many difficulties and hardships thanks to the never ending support from each one of you.
Last Christmas we were blessed with one of the best presents that anyone could ever ask for. That present came in the form of word that after much time and effort, the new classrooms at Balion Elementary School had finally been finished!
Ever since we heard the news we couldn't stop thinking about all the smiles it would bring to the faces of the children who have endured so much. The simple fact that they will soon be able to resume their studies is a bigger gift than any of us could have ever expected.
Everyone here in Ormoc City would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the help we received. This gift has become a shining light and has lifted us up as a community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your help. Words alone couldn't begin to describe our gratitude!
Balion Elementary School staff, students, parents and community

Balion Elementary School students and staff
It's worth noting that although the new classrooms have been built they have yet to be furnished with desks, chairs, etc. In order to purchase the necessary items for the school we're aiming to raise an additional 300,000 yen (approx. 3,500 US dollars). As always, any help you can give is greatly appreciated and we look forward to your donations!
More info can be found here:

Our page dedicated to the school building project in the Philippines can be found here: