Humanitarian Health Action

The Japan Association of Private Kindergartens (JAPK) generously contributed US$ 600 000 to WHO to support the people of Haiti

The Japan Association of Private Kindergartens (JAPK) generously contributed US$ 600 000 to WHO to support the people of Haiti. The funds are the result of collective contributions from children, teachers and their families and friends who belong to the association. Many children between 2-5 years old who go to kindergartens in the association said they felt very sad to see images of people affected by the earthquake crying.

Their donations have contributed to WHO's humanitarian response to the Haitian people affected by the January 2010 earthquake which caused massive destruction, leading to loss of an estimated 220 000 lives and causing injuries to over 300 000 people.

Established in 1984, JAPK comprises about 8000 private kindergartens in Japan. The aim of this association is to promote early childhood education through the cooperation of all Japanese private kindergartens.

This is not the first time JAPK has made donations for a disaster-affected cause through WHO. In 2008, JAPK donated US$ 144 570 (14 255 896 Japanese yen) to WHO to address health needs of children affected by the earthquake in Sichuan (China) and the cyclone Nargis in Myanmar. The funds were contributed equally to each country and were used for activities related to mother and child health.

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