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Clean up your house and help recovery of disaster areas:
Shapla Neer = Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support

Are you planning to do a major housecleaning before the New Year? Do you have books you’ve finished reading or CDs you don’t listen anymore in your home? If you clean your house and come across such items that you don’t need but don’t want to just throw away, you may still make great use of them by donating them to a charity program. The “Clean up your house and help recovery of disaster areas” campaign is one of such charity recycling programs run by Shapla Neer = Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support.

Marking its 40th anniversary in 2012, Shapla Neer is a nongovernmental international cooperation organization who has been active in providing support to children and women in South Asian countries. The organization, with their experience in relief operation overseas, launched a relief support initiative immediately following the Great East Japan Earthquake earlier this year to help disaster victims. In collaboration with local nonprofit organizations and governments, Shapla Neer has been distributing relief supplies, helping the management of disaster volunteer centers, providing cooking tools to victims who are moving to temporary housing, and assisting the operation of school buses during summer break. Currently, the organization is running a communication space “Buratto” for disaster victims in Iwaki City, Fukushima.

A communication space “Buratto” is
located in a shopping mall in front of Iwaki Station
A bouquet-making workshop held at “Buratto”
Images provided by Shapla Neer

The “Clean up your house and help recovery of disaster areas” campaign is designed to support relief activities by Shapla Neer in the disaster areas of the Great East Japan Earthquake by collecting such used items as books, CDs, DVDs, and games. With a cooperation of Book Off, a major secondhand book store chain in Japan, donated books and CDs are cashed in to fund the recovery activities in the disaster areas. A donation in a box (about a size of mikan orange cardboard box containing approximately 30 pieces of items) or more will be picked up and shipped for free of charge.

If you are one of many others who have been wanting to do something for the victims since March 11 but have not been able to volunteer to work in the disaster areas, this campaign gives you an opportunity to make contribution to their recovery effort. Anyone from anywhere can be part of the campaign simply by cleaning their home or office. The campaign will run through January 31, 2012. For more details, please visit the Shapla Neer official website (in Japanese only).

Image provided by Shapla Neer