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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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