I’ve met a really interesting person at my friend’s wedding last Saturday. She had come from Japan with her husband to attend the wedding and is Secretary General of a NPO called KnK - Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (Children without Boarders 国境なき子供たち).
This NPO supports disadvantaged children in developing countries mainly in Asia; however after the devastating earthquake and tsunami on 11 March in Tohoku Japan, they have been working to help the children in affected areas in Tohoku. Their main focus has always been the education and welfare of children, so now in Tohoku where the schools have only just reopened KnK has been helping by donating replacement buses and new school uniforms.
It was humbling to be reminded just how much work is still to be done to repair the earthquake area – and to be reminded that, while the media cameras will always move on to the next story, if we really want to make a difference it’s going to be a long haul.
KnK - Children without Borders website in English http://knk-network.org/
KnK - Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi website in Japanese http://www.knk.or.jp/