Sharing Smiles With Children in Japan

Sachie Kagayama is a CEFA early childhood education teacher who works in West Vancouver.   Her family is from Miharu in Fukushima, Japan – a town  located in the heart of the region where the recent earthquake and tsunami occurred.  Sachie is organizing a  project to share images with kindergarten students in Iwaki, which is another town in Fukushima prefecture.   The teacher of the children said that more than books or supplies, what she wished for most was that smiles could return to her students’ faces.

You can read more about her inspiring story in this article posted in the Abbotsford Times.

If you would like to take part in this project, draw a picture of a smiling face and/or write a message of support, take a photograph of yourself holding the piece of paper and then send it to Sachie c/o smileproject (at)

For an example of another Smile Project that is ongoing, check out this video from Reno Japan (see below). It is such a simple concept, yet the results warm the heart and help bring people around the world together.

Please consider joining this event and do share this information with students you know. It’s the perfect project for children to do with their parents, classmates and teachers.


Image from Sights in Fukushima Japan site

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