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Help the World by Not Wasting Unused Postcards
As the New Year greeting season is over, you might have forgotten about prepaid postcards that you bought but did not use or accidentally ruined by misspelling or staining. If you do have such unused postal cards or stamps in your house, bring them into service by donating them to international support organizations. Donations can be made from one card or stamp. Valid cards and stamps are those which were issued by the Japan Post Service and have not yet been mailed and cancelled. Older cards from two or more years ago, as well as other types of prepaid postcards such as Kamomail (summer greeting card), are also accepted. Non-prepaid postcards (such as handmade cards or picture cards) and returned cards are not accepted. For details, visit the following organizations' websites and learn more about how you can support their efforts to make our world better.
(C) Child Fund Japan


Nengajo Web 2009
http://nenga.impress.co.jp/charity/(website only available in Japanese)
Marking its 8th year, the donation program of unused prepaid postcards contributes the total amount to UNICEF Japan. The donation is accepted until February 13 (Fri.) this year.

Shapla Neer
http://www.shaplaneer.org/sutenai/hagaki.htm(program information in Japanese; organization's general information available in English)
The organization aims to promote the quality of lives of people in South Asia. The donation of unused prepaid postcards is accepted until March 31 (Tue.) this year.

Child Fund Japan
http://www.childfund.or.jp/participation/missing_letter.html (program information in Japanese; organization's general information available in English)
Donate a postcard and help build classrooms for children who study without school buildings. Your donation will support projects that are planned and operated by people of the local community.

Minsai Center Japan
http://www.minsai.org/postcard.html(program information in Japanese; organization's general information available in English)
Donations will help operate the organization's central program, the Darunee Scholarship, to provide educational opportunities to children in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia.

Association of Aid and Relief, Japan
http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/ican/recycle.html(program information in Japanese; organization's general information available in English)
The AAR is a global non-profit organization established in 1979 to help refugees from Indochina. The organization is active in various locations throughout the world by providing emergency assistance and supporting efforts to remove land mines.

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