Youth Fold Paper Cranes to Help Rebuild Japan

Youth Fold Paper Cranes to Help Rebuild Japan

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 21, 2011
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Thousands of youth worldwide are backing Architecture for Humanity's reconstruction efforts in Japan through Paper Cranes for Japan. Led by Students Rebuild and Do, the project calls on young people to support their Japanese peers by making paper cranes. Every crane made and sent to the Bezos Family Foundation will trigger a $2 donation to Architecture for Humanity and will directly support rebuilding Japan. After 100,000 cranes are submitted, they will be turned into a woven art installation - a symbolic gift from students around the world to their Japanese counterparts.

Participation is global. Seven schools in Haiti are making cranes, representing more than 1,000 kids collectively folding for Japan; over 7,000 young people posted origami cranes and wishes of support on the 'Paper Cranes for Japan' Facebook page and Students Rebuild has had over 200 requests for mailing labels to send in cranes from over 15 different countries including Romania and New Zealand.

According to legend, anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes, which are sacred creatures in Japanese culture, will be granted a wish by a crane. With a goal to collect 100,000 origami cranes from young people to represent wishes of support and healing, the challenge hopes to raise $200,000 for the reconstruction of a youth facility by the Japanese team from Architecture for Humanity.

For more information on Paper Cranes for Japan log on to Students Rebuild:

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