Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

Apr 2, 2014

Charity gives African, Japanese orphans a leg up

by Ben Dooley

As an orphan, living on the streets of Uganda’s capital city, Kampala, John Nakaswa never imagined he might one day travel to Japan. So when Ashinaga, a Japanese foundation dedicated to providing educational and emotional support to orphans, offered to send him to Kwansei ...

Kids create Tohoku ornaments

Nov 14, 2013

Kids create Tohoku ornaments

by Mami Maruko

Students from an international school participated Thursday in a Christmas-season fundraising event by a Tokyo hotel that is supporting children in the Tohoku region affected by the March 2011 disasters. Thirty second- and third-graders from Nishimachi International School in Minato Ward made Christmas ornaments ...

Gourmet food dished out in crisis-hit Italy's soup kitchens

Jul 2, 2013

Gourmet food dished out in crisis-hit Italy's soup kitchens

In a gritty Rome neighborhood, a soup kitchen is serving up lip-smacking gourmet food donated from a famous delicatessen — part of a new initiative to combat food waste and feed a growing need in recession-hit Italy. “Of course it’s good! This is a ...

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

May 2, 2013

'Chocolate project' teaches kids volunteerism

by Mami Maruko

Most Japanese teens have little exposure to issues of worldwide poverty or the volunteerism that seeks to end it. Unlike in the United States and Europe, where youths are introduced to volunteerism at a fairly young age, children here rarely have the opportunity to ...