Friday, April 2011
In April, numerous CWS classes as well as individual students have been participating in a nationwide effort to raise awareness and funds for disaster relief for victims left homeless by the earthquake and tsumani that struck Japan in March.
Students Rebuild is a nation-wide effort in which students fold origami paper cranes to benefit the tsunami victims as benefactors pledged $2 in relief aid for every folded crane.
By the official close of Paper Cranes for Japan on April 15, 2011, they had received cranes and wishes from all 50 United States, seven Canadian provinces and more than 37 countries — from Armenia to New Zealand! In just six weeks since the disaster, Students Rebuild tallied 700,000 cranes (and counting!) from young people worldwide.
The incredible outpouring of support inspired a $400,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation. Funds benefit Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in partnership with local designers and builders in Japan. The cranes will be woven into a future art installation in Japan — a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.
For more information visit the webpage for Students Rebuild at www.studentsrebuild.org/japan.