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“Randoseru with Memory” Gift Program


After spending six years with its owner and making many good memories together, randoseru, or a backpack used by elementary school students in Japan, is most likely to be retreated in a closet and won’t see the light of day again after the child graduates from the school. Planned and run by the Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICFP), the “randoseru with memory” gift program aims to recycle such used randoseru in a way to support education for children in Afghanistan, especially to help young girls who are not often given opportunities go to school.

JOICFP is a nongovernmental organization for international cooperation, whose activities focus on protecting and supporting women in developing countries including expecting mothers. By operating a variety of support activities around the world, JOICFP aims to establish a society in which human rights and environments are secured for women to avoid unwanted pregnancies by their own will, to choose when to have a baby, and to deliver and raise a baby in safety. As part of such efforts, the organization began sending used Japanese backpacks to children in Afghanistan in spring of 2004.



The protracted civil war in Afghanistan has severely damaged the country’s education system as well, leaving a number of children not being able to attend school because of a shortage in school facilities and teachers, and also due to poverty. The attendance rate at schools is particularly low among girls, and many of them get married at age 12 or 13 and have a baby before they receive the sufficient education they deserve. The goal of the “randoseru with memory” program is to open up an opportunity for those children to start going to school. For young girls, learning how to read and write is directly linked to their future skills for gaining appropriate knowledge and information so as to deliver and raise a baby in safety as well as to protect the health of their children, family, and themselves.

From the start of the program in 2004 through December 2011, about 95,000 used randoseru were donated and shipped from Japan to Afghanistan. A big and colorful randoseru from Japan has become an icon of children studying at school. The donation of randoseru is collected twice a year, in spring and fall. The spring collection in 2012 is held from March 15 through May 18 (the donation must arrive by this date). If you would like to support the program and help Afghan children make many good memories with your used randoseru, please visit the JOICFP’s official website for more details.



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