Montréal KIZUNA

Welcome to the home page of Montréal KIZUNA. “Montréal KIZUNA” is a volunteer group based in Montreal, established in April 2012. The members started fundraising within the Montreal Japanese Language Center under the name “Ganbarou Nippon” following the disaster of March 2011. The name changed to “Kizuna Japon” when the group became independent in April 2012. This group is not related to any organization.
"Kizuna" is a Japanese word meaning "bond" or "connection".

Our purpose is to support people, especially children, affected by The Great East Japan Earthquake (March 11, 2011) and the subsequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accidents (now officially admitted as a man-made nuclear disaster). We also work to improve public awareness.

We regularly send contributions to several trusted non-profit-organizations who work tirelessly for the future of children in Japan, such as Friends of the Earth Japan, Fukushima Children’s Fund, Fukushima Network for saving children from Radiation and the Kesen Suginoko Fund.
Up to now (December 17, 2012) we have sent 350.000 yen (about 4,100 Canadian dollars) towards two projects that enable Fukushima children to spend time away from high level radiation regions and a project that supports the reconstruction of elementary and junior high schools in the community of Rikuzentakata, Iwate prefecture.

Our main activities are the following.
* Organizing and supporting charity events
* Newsletter (only in Japanese)
* Mini library “Kizuna Bunko” (Japanese, English and French books)
* Education through documentary films
* Hosting children from Fukushima (in the future)
* Selling charity goods (ex., original Kizuna Japon T-shirts)

Thank you for your understanding and support for this charitable organization

Ryoko Hashizume

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