Disaster Relief Projects

The Project for the Support for Post-Disaster Recovery of the Myanmar Cyclone and China Earthquake

The Project for the Support for Post-Disaster Recovery of the Myanmar Cyclone and China Earthquake

Background

In May 4, 2008, Myanmar was hit by a very severe cyclone. Subsequently, a deadly earthquake that measured the magnitude of 8.0 occurred on May 12, 2008, in Sichuan province of China. The toll of dead and missing was approximately 140,000 people in Myanmar and about 90,000 people in China.

As of 2008, Ritsumeikan University had about 1,000 and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University had more than 2,300 international students from 86 countries and regions. There were about 80 Burmese students and more than 1,000 students from China at colleges and graduate schools. In addition, more than 2,000 students study abroad including China and South East Asia every year using the university's exchange and study abroad programs. Considering the international exchange and research and education activities of the Ritsumeikan Trust and the disaster situations in Myanmar and China, the Ritsumeikan Trust established a “committee to promote Disaster-relief support” and decided to provide the following assistance.

  • Fund-raising campaign by Students Fund-raising campaign by Students
  •  The library of the New Beichuan junior high school (China) The library of the New Beichuan junior high school
    (China)

Project Overview

  1. Fundraising for educational reconstruction assistance, mainly for “school rebuilding”
  2. Policy proposal for disaster relief related activities and cooperation for human resources development
  3. Waiving of tuition fees for students affected by the earthquake

With support from both inside and outside of the academy, we carried out the three activities mentioned above.

Myanmar Cyclone
Country Myanmar
Project Purpose Present of books and book shelves
Circumstances Part of the funds collected through students' fundraising activities and donation from university teaching and administrative staff members was used to purchase books and book shelves, which were subsequently donated to a primary school in Myanmar.
Activities In order to deliver relief goods without fail, we carried out the project in collaboration with ‘Action for Mangrove Reforestation', a NGO that has conducted reforestation activities for many years in Asia including Myanmar, South America and Africa.
In August 2009, staff from Ritsumeikan University visited Myanmar and held a presentation ceremony, where relief goods such as books, book shelves, stationary, maps and play toys were given to about 1,000 children at 5 primary schools. Additionally, puzzles and signature boards hand-made by students who participated in fundraising activities were also distributed.
Great Sichuan Earthquake
Country China
Project Purpose Support for reconstruction of junior high school and library
Circumstances Beichuan county close to the epicenter suffered immense damage that was impossible to reconstruct. New Beichuan country –23 kilometers away from the original location- was hence reconstructed and the Ritsumeikan Trust decided to provide assistance for the reconstruction of the New Beichuan junior high school, which was the only school in the area.
Activities Ritsumeikan carried out fundraising activities with student groups inside and outside the academy. Part of the funds was delivered to the earthquake affected area through the Oversea Chinese Association in Japan for the reconstruction of New Beichuan junior high school and library. The reconstruction of the New Beichuan junior high school was completed in August 2010.
Collaboration with students Ritsumeikan conducted fundraising activities and created a charity menu at university canteens in collaboration with student groups such as “Ritsumeikan Chinese Students Club”, “Students Executive Committee of International Cooperation, Division of International Affairs (CheRits)”, “Tutors for International Students Assembly (TISA)”, “Free Bird”, which promotes mutual understanding between Japanese and Chinese students, and students from the Graduate School of Business Administration.