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“For Whom Are Your Postcards For?” Campaign 2015 - 2016

To those of you who have New Year's postcards (nenga hagaki) that you either didn’t use or happened to mess up, what about donating them so that they can make an international contribution? At Shapla Neer = Citizens' Committee in Japan for Overseas Support, a specified nonprofit corporation that supports the livelihoods of children and women in South Asia, a campaign is being conducted to collect together such New Year’s postcards and turn them into cash. The money thus raised will be used in activities to support child laborers in Bangladesh and Nepal.
For example, a single messed up New Year’s postcard can help buy a picture book that children can read, while 10 such postcards will allow a child to receive a single reading and writing lesson. By donating your New Year's postcards, through the education and household skills training they shall receive, the children will be able to both improve themselves and develop a sense of self-reliance.

©Shapla Neer

©Shapla Neer

During the same campaign in 2014-2015, approximately 120,000 New Year's postcards were collected. This year, the target is 140,000. Any New Year’s postcard is acceptable, as long as it has not been sent. It can even be old. Furthermore, it's not just New Year's postcards, you can also donate other unused or messed up official-format postcards issued by the post office, both used and unused postage stamps, as well as used ink and toner cartridges. While donations to the "Whom Are Your Postcards For?" Campaign on this occasion shall be accepted through to March 31st, 2016 (Thursday), Shapla Neer also accepts postcard donations throughout the year. Please make the effort to participate in this international cooperation activity, which you can do by simply donating even a single postcard.

©Shapla Neer ©Shapla Neer

©Shapla Neer


*Please see the following website for further details.
For Whom Are Your Postcards For? Campaign
http://www.shaplaneer.org/sutenai/hagaki_cam.html (in Japanese only)