Extending a Helping Hand to Nepal

IMG_3218On April 25 an earthquake hit Nepal, killing over 8,000 people and injuring more than 21,000. Joining the global support effort, the ASIJ community has come together to organize multiple fundraising opportunities for those suffering injury and loss in Nepal. The various support efforts, both on and off campus, are the result of not only cross-divisional cooperation among the service groups but also the individual actions of students, faculty and staff.

Among the various cross-divisional campaigns, the high school service groups (Habitat for Humanity, Abot Kamay, COSA, SAGE, Hands on Tokyo) collaborated with the Middle and Elementary School Student Service Leadership Teams to raise money through the sale of prayer flags on behalf of the people of Nepal. Traditionally, prayer flags are used to promote peace, compassion, strength and wisdom. Each flag was sold for a ¥500 donation. Students then decorated each flag with a message of comfort and support, sewed them together and will send them to the Lincoln School Relief Fund in Kathmandu along with all of the money raised by each division.

Additional efforts on the Chofu campus include the Middle School Student Service Leadership Team’s Bazaar, the Middle School silent auction and raffle, a sayonara sale and general donations. Bakers and buyers also made a large contribution to the Lincoln School Relief Fund through the all-high school bake sale on May 5.

Making the Nepal Earthquake Relief efforts truly all-school, the ELC also held a coin drive during which students, with the help of their parents, raised over ¥150,000.

In just over a month, the ASIJ community’s contributions to the Lincoln School Relief Fund is approaching ¥2 million. The people of Nepal still face aftershocks, emotional hardship and a long recovery. Along with the proceeds of ongoing fundrasing efforts, we send our support and words of encouragement.

You can learn more about the Lincoln School and their relief fund on their website or on Facebook.