Six years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake which caused unprecedented destruction and suffering on March 11, 2011.
Waseda University will fly its flag at half-mast and ring the bells on Okuma Auditorium to mourn the victims of the disaster and pray for reconstruction efforts on March 11 at 14:46, the time when the earthquake struck.
Shortly after the disaster, Waseda University established the Office for Aiding Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake to provide scholarships for students from affected areas, organize volunteer and donation activities, and promote research for supporting reconstruction efforts. Carrying out such extensive support and reconstruction efforts have been possible due to the generation donation by the Waseda Supporters Club of approximately three hundred million yen (approximately 2.6 million USD). Furthermore, the Hirayama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC) has received tremendous support and has sent over 6,500 volunteers to the Tohoku region. There, the volunteers conduct activities such as organizing recreational events and visiting temporary housing.
As time passes, the needs of the affected areas change. Waseda University will do its best to support reconstruction efforts mainly through student volunteer activities for a brighter future for all.
On March 11, WAVOC student group will hold a memorial program called “Understanding Realities, Contemplating Reconstruction.” While the memories of the Earthquake are starting to fade away, the program invites speakers from the affected areas.
“Understanding Realities, Contemplating Reconstruction”
- Organized by: Hiryama Ikuo Volunteer Center (WAVOC)
- Date and time: March 11 (Sat), 2017 from 14:00-16:00 (welcome any time between these hours) *14:46 Bells at Okuma Auditorium will ring for a moment of silence
- Venue: Okuma Garden Hall, 1F Okuma Garden House, Building 25, Waseda University)
- Free admission