2018 Support Our Kids Homestay program in Australia

14 September 2017

Sector: Reconstruction

Country location: Australia, Japan

Grantee: NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou, Support Our Kids Committee

Young children posing with koala statue in front of 'Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary since 1927' sign
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, August 2017. Credit: NPO Jidai no Souzou Koubou

Project description

This project has empowered young Japanese victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.  The Homestay program project provides students (aged 13-17) who were affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to travel to Australia to take part in a homestay program.  Significantly, these youths are from Tohoku - the area that Australia’s Search and Rescue team headed into to provide assistance the day after the 2011 disaster struck. 

Support Our Kids (SOK) believes that children will play a big role in the reconstruction of Tohoku and it therefore SOK’s mission to nurture these children into becoming future reconstruction leaders, through overseas experience.  To date, SOK has assisted 342 children to travel overseas (including to Australia) and is committed to continue this project for ten years (until 2020). 


Key dates:

  • Reunion, Miyagi, 18 November 2018
  • Study tour, Brisbane, 29 July 2018 to 12 August 2018

Social media: Facebook: Support Our Kids, support-our-kids.org

Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $20,000.00 with no GST in addition

Total project value: $50,500.00

Last Updated: 14 September 2017