December is a great month to show your goodwill by making end-of-year financial donations or attending some of the great Japan Charity Events. All of these organisations are NPOs and rely on great supporters to continue their important work. Below is a curated list of charities that would great appreciate your support this month!
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Japan Charity Events – December 2014
1. Tokyo English Life Line TELL (website) – Band Night, for Tell Vol. 8, will be held this Friday December 5th at the What The Dickens Pub in Ebisu. TELL is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to providing world-class, effective support and counselling services to Japan’s international
community, and helping to address the countries growing mental healthcare needs. Help the cause by listening to Live Music (Rakuraku 19:30, Negative Zero 20:20, Stolen 21:10 & The Complaints Department 22:00). Admission is free, but donations appreciated! Learn more about the artists, bands and venues that are participating in Band Night for Tell events at https://sites.google.com/site/bandnightfortell
2. Shine on Kids (website) – SOKids is dedicated to making life better for kids with cancer and other serious illnesses in Japan and their families. Shine! ON Kids is officially certify by the Japanese government with a Nintei status. The Nintei status gives back since financial donations to SOKids are now tax deductible. There are no events in December, but they are trying to raise money for another therapy dog to visit the kids in hospitals. Please so support this great charity! Donate now!
3. Playground of Hope (Facebook) – Playground of Hope aims to restore the “social fabric” of disaster-affected and or economically challenged communities through the power of play. Playground of Hope provides cost effective play equipment and the pairing donors with local volunteers to build play spaces that restore community pride and help make communities “livable” again for children, their parents and grandparents. The project was launched on April 1, 2012 and currently has completed 23 locations.
The next playground build will take place at Ishinomaki Kamome Gakuen in Ishinomaki between December 12-14th. If you are interesting in working on the building of this playground, there is a bus leaving on Friday night returning on Sunday. Volunteers must be over 20 years old.
4. Japan Association for Refugees – (website) Although Japan has far fewer refugees vs. other developed nations the number has been growing steadily and now has reached about 1,000 people a year. A refugee is a person who had to escape from their home country to protect his or her life from persecution. However, what they face in Japan is quite different from the peaceful new life that they had dreamed of. They do not understand the Japanese language and laws. In isolation and uncertainty, refugees have to survive while waiting for their refugee status to be granted. It usually takes 2 to 3 years, with some cased taking more than 5 years. Japan Association for Refugees (JAR)’s mission is to make Japan a safe and hospitable place for refugees and asylum seekers and empower refugees to become self-sufficient residents of Japan for independent livelihood. There are three ways you can support JAR.
• Attend the Flavours without Borders Charity Dining Event (海を渡った故郷の味) – Enjoy an evening of live Jazz music, wonderful food made from the recipes of the Refugees home countries (recipes in the Charity’s cookbook).
Date：December 13th, Saturday
Time：18：00～20：30（doors open 17：30）
Location：SHIBAURA HOUSE（シバウラハウス) http://www.shibaurahouse.jp/
Cost：4,500円 for dinner and one drink if pre-purchased (5,000円 if purchased at the door)
Reservations: Advised by December 9th to assure admittance (only 80 seats available)
Event website: https://www.facebook.com/ja4refugees
• Attend a Refugee Talk Charity Party (Dec 17th) without Borders to learn from a refugee about his experiences. The session will be held on December 17th from 19:00-21:00 in Marunochi. More detail here in Japanese only http://www.refugee.or.jp/event/2014/12/17-0000.shtml. Tickets can be purchased here.
• Purchase the Charity Gift Package – A sure-to-please gift, this gift package is a set of cookbook “Flavours Without Borders” and Oya card. In this book, there are recipes shared by refugees from 15 countries and regions in Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Although refugees’ memories may sometimes be haunted by experiences of oppression, the aroma and taste of their native dishes invoke memories of home and important people in their lives. Oya is a needle lace made by Kurdish refugee women in Japan. They come in a beautiful gift package. Please be understanding of that design and color of Oya will be selected by JAR. Price of the gift package is 5,000 yen (with tax, the shipping fee will be added.) Click here for more details and to purchase. http://www.flavours-without-borders.jp/buy_gift.shtml
Japan Charity Events – December 2014
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