Books For Smiles TOTALS
Donating used books to support Japan's young care-leavers into vocational training and jobs
We are delighted to report that, after another successful season of BCCJ member company book drives, our Books For Smiles (BFS) community initiative has now raised a total of . . .
With over 50 organisations – including the British Embassy - having completed a book collection, we can confirm that we are now able to cover tuition fees for multiple care-leavers throughout the Tokyo region. And, the project has recently expanded to include care-leavers living in welfare facilities affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake.
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For approximately JPY1.8m, a care-leaver can complete his / her studies over three years and obtain a certificate for employment.
The more donations we receive, the more care-leavers we can support . . .
Can you or your company donate books to help support care-leavers into vocational training and jobs? See HOW TO DONATE or, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you VERY much to everyone who has supported and who continues to support this very impactful, multi-stakeholder initiative.
In line with its mission to help people make progress through learning, Pearson has generously donated over 200,000 books to the Books for Smiles initiative. This donation will generate JPY6.5m in funding, helping to support 4 care-leavers into vocational training and to receive a diploma that will enable them to enter the work-force after 3-4 years of education. DHL Supply Chain generously provided logistics support for this project.
Special thanks must also go to: Unilever Japan for kindly hosting "Drinks Night for Books for Smiles in June 2013; to Oakwood and Regus for consistently collecting books from guests and tenants at locations throughout Tokyo; to BT Japan for generously donating their CEO's speech honorarium; and The British School in Tokyo for involving students, parents and staff in the project.
Grand Hyatt Tokyo holds an internship program for high school students from children's homes and provides an environment in which they are immersed in their hotel business. This serves as a great opportunity for in-care children usually with limited access to the society outside of their schools and children's homes (see thank you notes from an intern to GHT at the bottom of this page).
DONORS: Thank you!
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How to donate - GUIDELINES (English/Japanese) HERE
Book donations from British Embassy Tokyo and Tim Hitchens, British Ambassador to Japan, and from British Consulate-General, Osaka
Book donations at White & Case LLP and Oakwood residences
Thank you notes from Books For Smiles intern to the Grand Hyatt Tokyo