U.S. JET Alums Jim Gannon and Jessyca Wilcox (Country Rep) took a break from volunteer work in Rikuzentakata to speak with a Yomiuri Shimbun reporter. Jim and Jessyca were part of the JETAA International Conference delegation which also traveled up to Tohoku to team up with current JETs to do some volunteer clean up in Tohoku.Jim and Jessyca provided some context of JETAA USA’s efforts and goals in supporting Japan as former ALTs and spoke of the JETAA USA Earthquake Relief Fund. Part of the funds raised were gifted to the town of Rikuzentakata to be used for educational initiatives to support the students there. By teaming up with Empowerment through Participation and Challenge, an Iwate Prefecture-based organization, study halls have been opened at three primary and middle schools.
For more information and a link to the Yomiuri article, please visit: http://www.jetaausa.com/chapter-fund-raising-efforts/jetaa-usa-earthquake-fund-usage-in-yomiuri-shimbun/