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Paper Cranes for Japan Top 2,000

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
April 13, 2011

And the little birds soared.

The ���Paper Cranes for Japan��� fundraiser held April 7 at the MUB collected 2,100 paper cranes for which a charitable group pledged $2 a piece to help rebuild Japan after last month���s devastating earthquake and tsunami.

More than 600 paper cranes were folded during the 90-minute event. Students dropped off an additional 1,500 cranes that had been made previously.

���I am really proud of the UNH community for working together to raise $4,200 for Architecture for Humanity and the long-term reconstruction effort in Northern Japan,��� says Pam Ikegami, a lecturer in Japanese language and culture who organized the fundraising effort on campus. ���The standout was the combined effort of the Korean Culture Club and residents of Fairchild Hall who contributed 1,200 very tiny paper cranes.���

Ikegami, who lived in Japan for 12 years, had learned that the Bezos Family Foundation would pay $2 for every paper crane it received, up to $200,000. The project is being done through the Bezos initiative Students Rebuild, and Dosomething.org.

The money raised will support Architecture for Humanity���s pro bono teams in Japan, which will work in collaboration with local architects and builders.

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