Projects in Action

Funds raised from the Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge were used to support reconstruction in some of the neighborhoods and villages hit hardest by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Below are two of the projects that received Students Rebuild's support. You can find more projects on our Rebuilding Communities page

Paper Crane Sculpture (折鶴オブジェ) – Installed at Sendai Station

Tohoku University of Art & Design students created a large sculpture using paper cranes folded by Challenge teams. The sculpture was unveiled during a three-day public workshop on January 13-15, 2012 at the Sendai Train Station, where it remained on display until finding a permanent home in a Tohoku public school. Read more on the sculpture's making and unveiling on our blog.

Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center (北上ウィー・アー・ワン・コラボラティブ)

Naomi Sato lost her husband to the Sendai earthquake. She organized the Kitakami “We Are One” Market planning committee with other mothers in the post-earthquake temporary housing complex. The planning committee wanted to build a youth center to provide students a safe place to stay after school, next to a market where mothers can work and watch neighbors’ children at the same time. The center became all of these things--and so much more. Read more about the "We Are One" committee's efforts on our blog.