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September 5, 2011

We United the Hearts of Turkish and Japanese Children with “Bridge of Love”.

On March 11, 2001, children of Japan did not only lose their homes and loved ones during the tsunami disaster; but also their letters, photos, toys, and happy memories they had.

While seeking ways in great sorrow to be of any help to them as GEA SAR Team, we initiated the “BRIDGE of LOVE” project with Turkish Prime Ministry, Department of Disaster and Emergency Management.
In the cities of Istanbul,Ankara,Bursa, Kocaeli, Yalova, Sakarya and Düzce , 21,500 Turkish children wrote their Messages of Love and Friendship on 21,500 postcards.

These 21,500 postcards were written one by one, and with great care, by Turkish Children;

… and they were translated into Japanese one by one, and with great care, by volunteering translators.
2,300 paintings, created for children affected from the tsunami, were collected from primary and secondary schools.

2,500 small handmade toys, prepared by GEA volunteers over the course of 3 months were packaged to be shipped to Japan.

21,500 Postcards,
2,300 Paintings,
2,500 Handmade Toys,
1,000 Bridge of Love T-shirts were prepared, packed and sent to Japan.

Our Team had meetings with Mr. Hisashi TOKUNAGA, Japanese Asst.Minister of Foreign Affairs, and with Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Bridge of Love exhibition met with the Japanese public at the exhibition center of Tokyo’s Shibuya Municipality.

The opening ceremony was conducted by the Mayor of Shibuya.  Tokyo Ambassador of Turkey was also present at the opening ceremony, and we were honored to have the former Japanese Minister of Education as well, who was also the former Japanese Ambassador inTurkeyat the time of Marmara Earthquake.

After exhibition opening, our team of 19 traveled to Iwate and Miyagi regions to meet with the children in the disaster zone.  We brought the love and support of Turkish people to the Tsunami-affected children.

We sang Turkish and Japanese songs for them.
We prepared magician tricks for them.
We shared the paintings, postcards, toys full of love messages, and t-shirts on which the paintings were printed, with Japanese children.
We visited the schools in the disaster zone and delivered the Postcards and Paintings.
We gave our extra sets of painting and postcards to mayors and the leaders of local NGOs in the disaster area, to subsequently be exhibited in the schools.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Turkish Children, who sent paintings and postcards to the project; and to all volunteer translators;

(Ankara University, department of Japanese Literature; Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, Department of Japanese language; Erciyes University, Department of Japanese Language & Literature;  Turkish Japanese Cultural and Information Center)

to artist Tunca; to all institutions and organizations supporting Bridge of Love; and to all GEA volunteers, for the smile on a children’s face.

Special Thanks to:
Turkish Prime Ministry
Department of Disaster and Emergency Management
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Turkish Embassy in Tokyo
Japanese Embassy in Ankara

During Bridge of Love Project in Tokyo – Iwate – Miyagi provinces between August 24 – September 2, 2011, following events took place;

  1. The Bridge of Love exhibition, at Owada Exhibition Center of Tokyo Shibuya Municipality between August 26 – September 4.
  2. Visits to Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ministry of National Education; Mayors of Kesennuma and Ishinomaki and their respective Education Departments.  Paintings and postcards were delivered.
  3. 7 schools in the tsunami-affected areas of Iwate and Miyagi, located in northJapan, were visited.  21,500 postcards, 2,300 paintings, and 2,500 handmade toys, containing love messages of Turkish children were delivered to Japanese children.
  4. The names of the visited schools are; Ootsuchi Kindergarten, Kiri kiri Tsumi Chichi Kindergarten, Kamaishi Kindergarten, Rikuzentakata Yokota Kindergarten,SichigahamaSekunakuPrimary School,Ishinomaki Primary School, The Turkish school atSendai(Abroad International School)
  5. There will be recurring exhibitions of Bridge of Love over the next 2 years in various organizations and schools all over Japan.

Schools Participated in “Bridge of Love” Project:

Cumhuriyet İlköğretim Okulu
Gazipaşa İlköğretim Okulu
Sakarya İlköğretim Okulu
50. Yıl İzzet Baysal İlköğretim Okulu
Atatürk İlköğretim Okulu
Abant İlköğretim Okulu
60. Yıl İlköğretim Okulu
100. Yıl İlköğretim Okulu
Milli Egemenlik İlköğretim Okulu
Kültür İlköğretim Okulu
Mehmet Akif Ersoy İ.Ö.O.
Behiye Baysal İlköğretim Okulu
Canip Baysal İlköğretim Okulu

Bisaş İlköğretim Okulu
Namazgah İhsan Dikmen İ.Ö.O.
Demirtaş Paşa İlköğretim Okulu
Vahide Aksu İlköğretim Okulu
Merinos İlköğretim Okulu
İstiklal İlköğretim Okulu
Fethi Açan Çiçek İlköğretim Okulu
Özel Bahçeşehir İlköğretim Okulu
Yahya Kemal Beyatlı İlöğretim Okulu
Btso Sait Ete İlköğretim Okulu
Mudanya Hasköy İlköğretim Okulu
Naz Özdilek İlköğretim Okulu
Sakarya İlköğretim Okulu

Uzun Mustafa İlköğretim Okulu
Mustafa Kemal İlköğretim Okulu
Atatürk İlköğretim Okulu
23 Nisan İlköğretim Okulu
Azmimilli İlköğretim Okulu

Atatürk İlköğretim Okulu
21 Haziran İlköğretim Okulu
Madanoğlu İlköğretim Okulu
Şehit Mahmutbey İlköğretim Okulu
Sinan Göksun  İlköğretim Okulu
Zübeyde Hanım İlköğretim Okulu
Akarca Türk – Fransız Kardeşlik İ.Ö.O
Üsküdar Atatürk İ.Ö.O.
Bağlarbaşı İlköğretim Okulu
Fuat Baymur İlköğretim Okulu
Nursen Fuat Özdayı İlköğretim Okulu
Necmiye Güniz İlköğretim Okulu
Ali Nihat Tarlan İlköğretim Okulu
Sosyal Meskenler İlköğretim Okulu
Sultantepe İlköğretim Okulu
İlhami Ahmet Örnekal İ.Ö.O.
30 Ağustos İlköğretim Okulu
İlhami Ertem İlköğretim Okulu
Orhan Veli İlköğretim Okulu
III. Selim İlköğretim Okulu
Selimiye İlköğretim Okulu
Şemsi Paşa İlköğretim Okulu
Kadriye Faik Koparan İlköğretim Okulu
60. Yıl Anadolu İlköğretim Okulu
Doğa Koleji İlköğretim Okulu
Özel İstek Vakfı Okulları Acıbadem Kampüsü
Yahya Kemal Beyatlı İ.Ö.O.
Semiha Şakir İlköğretim Okulu
Mustafa Aykın İlköğretim Okulu
Kozyatağı İlköğretim Okulu
Hakkı Değer İlköğretim Okulu
Mustafa Sarıgül İlköğretim Okulu
TOKİ Esenkent İlköğretim Okulu
Üsküdar Bilgi Evleri
Ulugazi İ.Ö.O.
28 Haziran İ.Ö.O.
Şehit Ümit Balkan İ.Ö.O.
Albay İbrahim Karaoğlanoğlu İ.Ö.O.
Mimar Sinan İ.Ö.O.
Kuvai Milliye İ.Ö.O.
Ulubatlı Hasan İ.Ö.O.
Çınarlı İ.Ö.O.
Abidinpak İ.Ö.O.
Yunus Emre İ.Ö.O.
Dumlupınar İ.Ö.O.
Necati Bey İ.Ö.O.
Cumhuriyet İ.Ö.O.
Sabancı Ortakları ve Çalışanları İ.Ö.O.
Özel Derince Bekir Sıtkı İ.Ö.O.   
Atatürk İlköğretim Okulu
Zübeyde Hanım Anaokulu
Bahçelievler İlköğretim Okulu
Gaziosmanpaşa Anaokulu
Gaziosmanpaşa İlköğretim Okulu
Hüseyin Alkaş İöo.
Saffetçam İlköğretim Okulu
Özel Bahçeşehir İlköğretim Okulu
Müfettiş Hamdi Girgin İlköğretim Okulu
Özel Yücebilgili İlköğretim Okulu
Öğretmen Yusuf Ziya İlköğretim Okulu
Özel Yalova  İlköğretim Okulu
Org. Selahattin Risalet Demircioğlu İöo.
İsmetpaşa Mazlum Palabıyık İlköğretim Okulu
Kadıköy İlköğretim Okulu
Rahmi Tokay İlköğretim Okulu
75.Yıl Mehmet Akif Ersoy İlköğretim Okulu
75.Yıl Ziya Gökalp İlköğretim Okulu
700.Yıl Osmangazi İlköğretim Okulu
Elmalık Salim Delen İlköğretim Okulu
Zübeyde Hanım İlköğretim Okulu
Sugören İsmet Koçhan İlköğretim Okulu
Şaban Temuge İlköğretim Okulu
Safran İlköğretim Okulu
Merkez Cumhuriyet İlköğretim Okulu
Soğucak Kardelen İlköğretim Okulu
Elmalık Rasim Koçal İlköğretim Okulu
Kirazlı Köyü İlköğretim Okulu
Kurtköy İlköğretim Okulu
Hacımehmet İlköğretim Okulu
Samanlı Rebia Şenavçen İlköğretim Okulu
Milli Piyango İlköğretim Okulu Ve İş Okulu
Maraşel Fevzi Çakmak İöo.

Dear friends; we tried to write the names of all schools having participated inBridge ofLove Project. We apologize if we have missed any school name, due to large number of participation. If you inform us about such case, we will add your school to the list at the earliest convenience.