June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor!  let's join Stop Child Labor Campaign 2016

Hello from all of us here at Free The Children Japan's head office! We'd like to remind everyone that June 12th is World Day Against Child Labor!

 Our “Stop Child Labor Campaign 2016” has been ongoing since May 5th in preparation for this worldwide event.
As more people become aware of the issue that is child labor, more people are standing up to raise awareness and take action against it through a number of events taking place worldwide all the way through July 7th of this year.
Free The Children Japan is getting in on the action as well with a planned walk to raise awareness taking place on June 5th along Midosuji Boulevard in Osaka (More Details Here).

In addition, for the week of June 6th through the 12th we will begin a campaign in which we will utilizing video to help spread our message. We will have more information about that in a future post!
Throughout each of our campaigns between May 5th and July 7th we will be introducing and implementing “Red Card Action”.
“Red Card Action” is a part of the International Labor Organization's (ILO) “Red Card to Child Labor Campaign” and it has become a worldwide movement. Within Japan, the Child Labor Network has been the main advocate of this particular cause. To date, a total of 14,989 people have joined them to raise awareness over the last two years. Being the last year of the campaign, we're all hoping to do more than just raise a red card in opposition to child labor by aiming to devote ourselves to go the extra mile in taking further action and raising our collective voices against it.
The easiest way to get involved as soon as possible is by taking a picture of yourself holding up the campaign exclusive red card and uploading it to your preferred social networking site. A detailed explanation of the campaign and a link to download your own red card can be found here

Free The Children Japan members recently had a chance to raise their red cards together at Take Action Camp Japan!

High school members giving a lecture on the importance of education to the National Diet recently had a chance to raise their red cards together with Kailash Satyarthi, an acclaimed children's rights advocate and recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize!

The “Red Card to Child Labor Campaign” is also holding a photo contest so don't forget to tag your uploaded photos with #STOPCL and #nochildlabour!


Media Listing Information

We are glad to inform all of you who are always supporting us about our latest media listing!
Free the Children Japan will appear in two school textbooks, civics textbooks and English books in junior high school, from April in this 2016.
Actually, we have shown on school textbooks for approximately 10 years.
An example is below: The civics textbook for senior students in junior high school

This book has information about Craig Kielburger and Free the children, and an article written on school construction in 2001(especially, our chief Haramoto was appeared here as one of volunteer students!) 

Fortunately, we also could be listed these two books 『中学生公民教科書』(清水書院) and 『英語教科書 ONE WORLD』(教育出版)in this year.

In addition to these books, we offer several types of books such as learning tools to know about child labor and how to act with social issues. Furthermore, we are happy to give you some advices about introduction method in school. Please feel free to contuct us.

This Year's Chocolate Project Has Begun!

We're happy to announce that our annual chocolate project, or “Choco-Pro” for short,
has officially begun!

What is Choco-Pro exactly?
Essentially, it's a unique opportunity for FTCJ members to challenge themselves creatively while also helping change the world!
Targeted specifically for our members in junior high school,
they are given complete creative control of this project.
Everything from the creation of package design and advertisements to packaging
and selling the chocolate is completely up to them. The chocolate sold is called
“Amani” and is provided by Chidoriya, a well know sweets maker in Japan.
The proceeds raised are then donated for the purpose of supporting the Kenyan city of Narok.
New members began planning this year's Choco-Pro last October and have decided on Printems Ginza as the location at which they will be selling their chocolate. After much trial and error, they are steadily getting ready for the big day!


FTCJ members packaging chocolate for this year's Choco-Pro.

About Amani Chocolate
 The chocolate we sell is called Amani. 
Amani is Swahili for “peace”. Swahili,
by the way, is one of the official languages of Kenya.


Although the chocolate we sell remains the same, every year the packaging and tags are redesigned, giving each year's Choco-Pro it's own unique look and style. Amani chocolate comes in two flavors, milk chocolate and strawberry.
Each package is 200 yen and contains three pieces of chocolate.

Where Does The Money Go?

This year 68% of all proceeds will go to the Kenyan city of Narok where it will be used to support and encourage things like occupational and leadership training.

About Kenya And Narok
Kenya is a country located in Africa. As of 2013 an estimated 56% of all Kenyans were living on one dollar or less a day. In the city of Narok, 1/3 of all children are born malnourished and/or physically under developed. Donating helps more than just the current situation, it also helps change the behavior and thinking of local residents. In this way, our effort and support can have a long lasting effect on the city and it's people.
Being able to support Kenya's proud culture, customs and traditions is one the benefits of donating to Narok but our main goal is to get young people to think more economically. Learning how to budget is crucial among other skills and one of our focuses. With the money donated we can encourage occupational and leadership training as well. Furthermore, it supports the production of handmade crafts made in Kenya. These crafts are then sold in Japan by FTCJ and the proceeds go back to the people.

If you want to help out with this year's Choco-Pro, it's not too late, please join us!
NOW We're selling chocolates online, please visit here

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