Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief

Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Emergency Relief (22nd Report)
Deliver a book, create a smile.
The UNICEF Children’s Mini Library project for children victim to the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake.
“Please send us books!”
Now accepting requests from kindergartens, preschools and other institutions in disaster areas.

[TOKYO, Japan, 2 April 2011]

With the full cooperation of UNICEF, the Japan Committee for UNICEF (JCU) is providing assistance focusing on children and mothers to victims of the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake. The UNICEF Children’s Mini Library project is being implemented with the cooperation of the Japanese Board on Books for Young People and Corporate Philanthropy & Environmental Initiatives Management Dept. Administration Division as part of efforts to create Child Friendly Spaces. Under this project, children’s books donated from people throughout Japan are being delivered to children in the disaster areas.

Since starting to accept donations on 26 March, a large amount of picture books, kami shibai (Japanese picture card stories) and children’s books have arrived at the UNICEF House everyday (totaling approximately 80,000 books as of 1 April). Donations have been so generous that they have exceeded JCU’s expectations. Meanwhile, we have reports from assistance teams working in Iwate and Miyagi Prefectures that they have received numerous requests from kindergartens and preschools in the disaster area for UNICEF Children’s Mini Libraries. In response, JCU has begun accepting requests for UNICEF Children’s Mini Libraries from kindergartens and preschools in the disaster areas and those institutions that are receiving children that have evacuated from the disaster areas.

Applicable recipientsKindergartens, preschools and child welfare facilities located in regions affected by the Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake as well as those institutions that have received children from those regions. (Individual requests are not accepted, except in the case that an individual is taking care of multiple children at their home, such as a family welfare worker, caretaker, etc.)
Application method Please send the following information by email or fax to the JCU.
  • Requested number of sets (one set consists of about 50 picture books for children between the ages of 0 and 6)
  • Institution name
  • Postal code
  • Address
  • Telephone number
Send to:
  • jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp
    (Write “UNICEF Children’s Mini Library” in the subject line)

  • 03-5789-2036
Please note
  • Generally, UNICEF Children’s Mini Libraries will be sent starting on 6 April. Due to shipping conditions, we expect that it will take some time before books actually arrive.
  • Requests will be responded to in the order that they are received. Moreover, there are a limited amount of sets, so JCU may not be able to respond to your request.
  • JCU is unable to answer requests regarding book types.