(Yomiuri Teen’s Weekly: October 16, 2015 – p. 2)
Japanese junior and senior high school students are starting to take the initiative in contributing to international activities.
Shukutoku Yono Senior High School in Saitama Prefecture is soliciting donations to help Cambodian students. In two years it raised about 2.75 million yen in donations and proceeds from school festivals. With the help of the Japan Team of Young Human Power (JPH), a nonprofit to help improve educational access in Cambodia, it built a junior high school there.
Several student representatives visit Cambodia every two years. “The school that we built has no electricity,” said a school senior. “Healthcare services are not sufficient there. I want to become a pharmacist in the future and to take part in aid activities.”
To raise awareness of poverty issues, Mita Senior High School, run by the Tokyo metropolitan government, has been donating school supplies and clothes collected from students to the Philippines via the non-government organization Mindanao Children’s Library.
“The activities help me become interested in what is happening in the Philippines and other countries,” said a school sophomore. “I heard many children my age there struggling to survive and I want to be as much help as possible.” (Abridged)