This facility is supported and maintained by people with a humanitarian conscience for protecting children that surely no one can oppose. The building renovation costs, the facility operating costs, the travel expenses, and the accommodation expenses for children are all covered by donations from people who sympathize with this project.
Without such supporters, cooperators, and support from the local community of Kume Island, this facility would have been impossible to establish.
Several part time staff members are working in this facility. However, numbers are kept to the necessary minimum. This is because the salary of just one person can cover the expenses for around 50 to 100 children. Mindful of this, we manage this facility with the support of many considerate volunteers.
As I have said before, the organization Okinawa Kumi No Sato is charged with receiving and utilizing donations for the purpose of protecting children. Volunteer staff work towards that purpose. All expenses of this organization are covered by generous donations. It is a key characteristic that Okinawa Kumi No Sato is an incorporated NPO.
Eventually, perhaps in a few years, most people might forget about the victims of Fukushima. We, however, will not. That is because we — people who have been involved in helping Chernobyl victims, people who have been distressed about such issues for a long time — know well that this damage will continue for decades. Even if it becomes difficult to raise money, the number of people who suffer will remain. In fact, this facility now faces a moment of truth. We need more people to help with the operation of this facility so that we can continue to operate for even one more month, and help even one more child.
Our organization is not limited to Kume Island, but rather draws on a diverse pool of directors, staff, part-time workers, volunteers, and fundraisers operating throughout Japan. In particular, we have received the support of numerous volunteer and organizations. Our organization is run by donations, and asks people to do volunteer work. Therefore we must have a sense of our own identity and mission which draws a clear line between us and “for profit” groups.
Also, this organization has received the limitless support of the town of Kume Island. We have received help from hundreds of residents of the town who have volunteered to help the construction of this facility. First and foremost, the directors and staff of this project have feeling of deep respect and gratitude towards all of our volunteers and the people of Kume Island town.
As of August 2012, the people involved in this project are as follows. Although all of their names are not indicated, we have received donations from more than 2000 people.
＊ One of the support organizations in Germany, “Hilfe fuer Japan”: Grußwort zum Neujahr mit wichtigen Neuigkeiten bzgl. des Projekts.
Your financial contribution can make possible the continuation of the recuperation center project for the children of Fukushima at Okinawa Kumi no Sato. How you can contribute:
【Japan Post Bank （to Okinawa Kumi No Sato）】
Payee Account Number： 00160-6-634014
Name of Account Holder： Tokuteihieirikatsudouhoujin Okinawa Kumi No Sato
Payee Address： 1-37-19Matsubara, Setagaya, Tokyo 156-0043, Japan
Payee Telephone Number： 03-5376-7898
【Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (to DAYS Fukushima Fund for Children)】
Bank name: Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Branch name: Shinjuku-Chuo Branch
Account number: 469-4142773
Account name: DAYS HISAIJIDOUSHIENBOKIN HIROKAWA RYUICHI
*When you donate, please send us an e-mail (subject: “Donation” and send to: tokyo@kuminosato. net) with information about the donation (your name, your address/telephone contact information, date of transfer, and amount of the donation).