2018 支援先/Donation Recipients

今年度の支援先について/Donation Recipients

1)「公益財団法人 みちのく未来基金」http://michinoku-mirai.org/

去年に引き続き支援したいと思います。下の説明は去年とほぼ同じものです。

震災で親を亡くした子どもたちは高校までは公的機関から生活援助があります。しかし高卒のみで自立していくのは困難なご時世です。公的な奨学金はありますが、給付型は大変限られており、貸与型の場合返却義務があります。この団体は高卒後の進学に関して援助をしています。カゴメ株式会社、カルビー株式会社、エバラ食品、ロート製薬株式会社が母体となり、運営費はこれらの会社が負担し、寄付金は全額給付型奨学金として学生に渡る仕組みになっています。私たちの寄付金の行方が明確に見え、収支に関してもホームページ上で公開しています。http://michinoku-mirai.org/zaimu.html

震災の年に大学進学した学生が一期生です。今年七期生が大学等に進学したことになります。災害の年に生まれた子どもは今年まだ7才。その子供たちが大学卒業するまで援助を続けて行く計画だそうです。震災の事をもう忘れてしまった人、関心のなくなった人もいるかもしれません。しかしこれから息の長い援助がまだまだ必要なのです。

多くの義援金・支援金が配布のみに終わっているのに対して、「みちのく未来基金」は毎年一回は必ず奨学生と面会するなど奨学金支給のみに終わらず手厚くサポートしています。この基金の卒業生はその多くが現在では団体をサポートする側になり、サポートする側とされる側の素晴らしい循環が生まれています。ホームページの写真にありますように、毎年行われている「集い」にはたくさんの奨学生や卒業生が駆けつけて来てとてもいいコミュニティーを形成していることがよく分かります。

http://michinoku-mirai.org/old-news/2018_0320TSUDOI7.html

 

2)Japan Bowl® 全米大会出場者参加支援

Japan Bowl® (http://www.japanbowl.org/) はワシントンDCの日米協会が毎年開催している高校生のためのクイズ形式の大会です。1チーム3人で、日本語のみならず歴史や伝統文化、その上現代のポップカルチャーなどの難問にチャレンジします。各地の州大会を勝ち進んだ高校生は4月のワシントンでの桜祭りの時期に合わせて行われる全国大会での優勝を目指します。ウィスコンシンでも州大会が行われていますが、優秀な成績を修めても渡航費を捻出しなければ参加できません。

そこで代表1チーム高校生3人と引率の先生の旅行費、宿泊費と食費の援助を2000ドルを上限にしたいと思います。

 

At the committee meeting held on Friday, June 29, 2018, Milwaukee Japanese Association decided to support the following

1)      “Michinoku Future Fund” http://michinoku-mirai.org/en/index.html

We will continue to support this organization following last year. The following explanation is mostly the repetition of last year’s.

Orphans from the disasters are receiving funds from the public sectors until the 12th grade. However, it is very hard to make ends meet with just a high school diploma. There are some public sectors offering “shogakukin” which is roughly translated as “scholarship.” However, most of them are not gifted to students. They borrow with a lower or no interest rate, but they will certainly need to pay it back. Michinoku Future Fund is organized by Calbee, Kagome, Ebara, and Rohto. These companies pay for the running cost, and 100 % of the donation goes to students. We very much like to see where exactly our money goes. You can also check their financial status on line at http://michinoku-mirai.org/zaimu.html (Unfortunately it is available only in Japanese).

It has been 7 years, and the babies who were just born in that year are only 7 years old. This organization is seeking to help all of them until they graduate from college. Some people have forgotten or lost interest in the disasters. However, those children still need lots of help in the future.

While many organizations simply give away money, Michimoku Future Fund meets every single student while they are in college at least once a year with its psychological support in mind. First year recipients have already graduated and started working. Some of them have turned around to help the future students. As you see on their web page, they have a huge gathering every year, where current college students and graduates gather. You can see a good community growing for those who have lost their loved ones at such young ages.

2)      National Japan Bowl® participants.

The Japan Bowl® is a quiz competition for high school students held in Washington D.C. organized by The Japan-America Society of Washington. It is a team competition, and one team consists of three students. The subjects cover not only the language but even the modern culture as well as the history and traditional culture. Those who topped the regional competitions head every year in April to Washington DC in time for National Cherry Blossom Festival. Wisconsin holds a regional competition annually. However, those who top may not be able to go to Washington DC because of a financial reason.

We will support one team of three high school students and a high school teacher with their travel expenses, lodgings, and meals up to $2,000 total.

I hope you will understand our intentions and support them and also support our Japan Fest.

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