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Santa Soultrain 2017


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Santa Soultrain 2017


 
 

We are excited to announce the 7th annual Santa Soul Train!

The Santa Soul Train is a community festival in Minami Sanriku, Tohoku on Dec.17th, 2017 that will bring over 500 survivors and 50 volunteers together - from Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Yamagata, Aomori, the USA, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Italy and more - to celebrate what it means to be EMPOWERED.
 

 

 
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The Impact


The Impact


 
 

Project Goals:

1. Remind 1,000 survivors of 3.11 that they are not alone
2. Host 2 inspiring holiday themed community festivals in Tohoku: Miyagi + Fukushima
3. Connect 1,000 international school students to 1,500 survivor children across Japan
4. Create 100 inspired volunteers
5. Facilitate 6 Cycling Santas to hand deliver 1,000 stockings to survivor children
6. Raise ¥3,000,000

 
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CONNECTION


CONNECTION


 

We need you in Minami Sanriku this Dec.17

If you’ve worked in the world of supporting recovery, you know the age old challenges that comes with dependency: depression and victimization.  The long term emotional impacts, suicide, and broken communities are the real long-term tragedy.  What survivors face today, now, in Tohoku, is a never-ending rebuilding process in small rural villages.  And this is what makes events like this year’s Santa Soul Train so important.

To pull this off, we need help doing everything from entertaining to prep and organization, cooking and project management, and for those that can not join us, Please donate and sponsor stockings for children up and down the coast of Tohoku.  

This year the children of Minami Sanriku will be giving back by sending cards and stockings to other areas of Tohoku.  We challenge you to do the same.

In 2014 deaths related to stress and grief in Fukushima prefecture surpassed those that died in the disaster.

More than 25% of post-disaster residents experience depression.

More than 25% of post-disaster residents experience depression.

 
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Inspiration


Inspiration


 

Last year we delivered 1,200 stockings up and down the coast near Minami Sanriku in 13 locations in 5 cities.

This year we're asking for 1,500 stockings and cards for community events in both Fukushima and Miyagi.

The Santa Soul Train holiday reunion is one in a series of community workshops and events held by Place To Grow for children and families recovering from earthquakes and disasters. Every year at Christmas we bring these stockings to post-disaster neighborhoods, and help host an international festival.

This year the children of MinamiSanriku will become Inspired Volunteers by giving back. Card-making workshops and stocking stuffing activities are organized by Place To Grow volunteers.

Sponsor a stocking today!

Support a child in post-disaster communities.
1 x STOCKING = ¥3,000

 

2016 Video

2015 Video

2014 Video

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Community


Community


 

Join us to spend the holiday working hand-in-hand with local volunteers to help bring their community together.  

This is how we break the cycle of depression and loneliness that too often takes hold after major disasters.  We continue to be that “someone in your corner” that reminds you not to give up – the cheerleaders that say “we are rooting for you!” We have been, and intend to continue to be there for the survivors.  

Last years Santa Soul Train event brought:


500+ Local Community Survivors
50+ Outside Volunteers
50+ Local Volunteers
1000+ Children Receiving a Card and a Gift
3,000,000+ Yen Raised in Funding and Equivalent Donations
300+ Hours of Volunteer Time
100+ Hours Working Alongside Survivors
400+ Cards Shared to Other Disaster Locations Like Kumamoto and Nepal
Many More Cards and Gifts delivered to 10 locations up and down the Tohoku Coast.

+ Awareness for Monthly Place to Grow Workshops


 
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The People


The People


 

Where do we start...

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TV Celebrity Stuart-O will bring his dynamite energy-dance act, and have the children, the parents, and the entire room up and dancing in his trademark Soul Train collaborative performance.

TV celebrity Hayami Yu is donating her time to MC the event and also to perform on stage.

Singer Charlie Okamura brings his charm and brilliant presence to life on stage to delight with a variety of traditional songs.

Team Misawa from the US Navy/Air Force base is sending troops to volunteer, create cards, and send cookies and goodie bags made by the children and mothers of their community.

For 6 years, our dear partners at the international schools have made it real.


American School in Japan

Ohana International School  

Nagoya International School

Nishimachi International School

K International School

Fukuoka International School


Thank you to our past Partners:

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This year we need YOU!

 
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Reaction


Reaction


 

Yosuke Watanabe, a father of two and local businessman says:
“When volunteers are here, we feel the energy to carry on.”


Yukari Hatakeyama mother of 2, and grandmother of 3, also resident of Minamisanrikucho said:
“We don’t need you to make our homes or rebuild our cities.  But we don’t want to feel forgotten.  Just stand by our sides.”


 
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Sponsorship Opportunities


Sponsorship Opportunities


 

Corporate / School

Sponsor EVENT

Silver Sponsor - ¥100,000
Gold Sponsor - ¥200,000
Platinum Sponsor - ¥500,000

Individual

Sponsor STOCKINGS

Secret Santa - ¥3,000
Ambassador - ¥30,000
 

Give children in Tohoku a big smile for Christmas this year.