Back in 2011, shocking news of the Tohoku earthquake flashed across our TV screens. Images of black tsunami waves charging across the landscape, devastating everything in its path. Even more alarming was the sight of the Fukushima Nuclear power plant exploding, live, on air. For Japanese living overseas, some with family and friends in affected areas, there was an immediate sense of helplessness. We were far away, but needed to help.
Many donated money. But money was not enough. We at Rainbow decided we had to do more. We committed to helping the children of Fukushima.
What started as a few charity events turned into Rainbow Project’s first Host Family event – in August 2011 we brought 10 children over from Fukushima. With generosity local Sydneysiders hosted the children and offered them a safe and friendly environment, in which to demonstrate that the world outside, their traumatic hometown, cared.
Since then, we have continued to bring children over from Fukushima, to raise funds and awareness of what these children and communities are going through. Sydneysiders have embraced these children and opened their heart in a way that gives great credit to the bond between our two nations.
The road to recovery in Fukushima is long, it will take generations. Our commitment is to plant a seed, in impressionable young children, that will help them cope with the future. They will learn that Sydneysiders have big hearts and feel compassion for their friends, overseas in Japan. In their hour of need, we will not let them down.
None of this would have been possible without your support.