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"Sending School Backpacks Across the Sea” is an international contribution activity in which elementary school children in Japan send used school backpacks to children in Afghanistan and other areas, who are deprived of education opportunity by war. The backpacks are donated every year together filled with stationery and letters.
Up to now, these backpacks have been sent to Afghanistan, Mongolia and Nepal.
On the 12th anniversary of the campaign that was launched in 2004, 7,111 school backpacks were donated in Fiscal 2015 from various parts of Japan. In cooperation with JOICFP, a public interest incorporated foundation, the school backpacks were sorted and packed by volunteer groups and the employees of Kuraray Group. From October to December the school backpacks were sent to 11 elementary schools in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as presents along with school supplies. Many volunteers cooperated in shipping them via oceans. So far, a total of 97,390 school backpacks have been sent as presents. Kuraray wishes to expand this contribution activity to other countries in the future.
This is the 5th time for me to participate in this event. I once saw a visual record of the children of Afghanistan receiving the backpacks, and their smiles left me a strong impression. I hope to continue this work, and send even more smiles to the children.