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国境なき子どもたち(KnK)/カンボジア

©Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)/Cambodia

In Japan, the five-yen coin or goen-dama is often linked to people's wish for a great connection and relationship with others because of its phonetic similarity with the word goen ("connection"). The 5-yen Coin for Friendship" campaign is an effort by a nonprofit organization Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK; "Children without Borders") to raise funds to help disadvantaged children around the world.


The KnK has been engaged in a variety of activities to support street children and other disadvantaged youths in developing countries. Its mission is to deepen mutual understanding between children in Japan and those in other countries and to nurture global friendship among them for "growing together." Marking its 22nd campaign, the KnK's "5-yen Coin for Friendship" campaign aims to encourage Japanese students from elementary through high schools to become more aware of living conditions that surround children in some Asian countries. To achieve this, the campaign promotes public support for a donation of 5-yen coins as a symbol of their friendship.


国境なき子どもたち(KnK)/カンボジア

©Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)/Cambodia

Collected donations of 5-yen coins will be used to help children including those who live on the streets, survivors of human trafficking, and victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes and cyclones who have lost their home or family. Twelve 5-yen coins, for example, can help one child in a developing nation to go to school. Thirty-four 5-yen coins will feed one child for a day. In our everyday life in Japan, five yen is not a significant amount of money. Gathered together, however, such small coins can be used in many productive way


国境なき子どもたち(KnK)/カンボジア

©Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK)/Cambodia

The 5-yen Coin for Friendship is held twice a year in order to provide continual support to recipient children. The ongoing 22nd campaign will run until March 31, 2012. Invite your friends and classmates to join you in making your own posters and donation boxes and take part in this great opportunity of international cooperation that you can start with just one coin. To learn more information about how to participate in the campaign, visit the KnK official website.

Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi (KnK) official website: http://www.knk.or.jp