Social Welfare Corporation KIHOFUKUSHIKAI logo Social Welfare Corporation KIHOFUKUSHIKAI Nursery School Start-up Support Site

Phone 0225-90-4664

14:46 p.m., March 11, 2011

There's no future in a town where children's voices are gone.
Starting up a nursery school in Ishinomaki—that's what we
can do now.

Our Aim

December 28, 2012
  • (Press Release)
    (Press Release)
  • Kihofukushikai was officially approved as a social welfare corporation.

February 21, 2013
  • (Press Release)
    (Press Release)
  • The Chunichi Shimbun newspaper carried a feature article about the Kihofukushikai's attempt to start a nursery school.

March 29, 2013
  • (Activity Report)
    (Activity Report)
  • The construction of Ishinomaki-Higashi Nursery School was started.

June 4, 2013
  • (Press Release)
    (Press Release)
  • A groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site where the nursery was to be built. The Ishinomaki Kahoku newspaper carried an article covering the event in the June 6 edition.

July 3, 2013
  • (Press Release)
    (Press Release)
  • The Kahoku Shimpo, a daily newspaper serving the Tohoku Region, carried an article about the Kihofukushikai's plan.

September 26, 2013
  • (Press Release)
    (Press Release)
  • “If the children are gone, the town will perish” Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper carried the article in the Mainichi Shogakusei Shimbun, the daily newspaper for elementary school children.

January 6, 2014
February 6, 2014
  • (Activity Report)
    (Activity Report)
  • The construction of Ishinomaki-Higashi Nursery School building was completed in January 2014.

March 16, 2014
  • (Activity Report)
    (Activity Report)
  • The dedication ceremony of the nursery school building will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

April 5, 2014
  • (Activity Report)
    (Activity Report)
  • The entrance ceremony for Ishinomaki-Higashi Nursery School will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014.

August 2015
  • (Activity Report)
    (Activity Report)
  • The construction of Ishinomaki-Nishi Nursery School was started.

January 22, 2016

To make a town where children can come back to.

With many of the nursery schools, kindergartens, elementary and junior high schools devastated by the tsunami, the exodus of families with small children continues in Ishinomaki City.

A town where children can't come back to will fall apart - that was what had driven us to start building this nursery school.

The community's reconstruction and development can happen
only where there's the power of younger generations.

Accepting many evacuees from the very day that the disaster struck and supporting one another, we sometimes found ourselves about to lose hope.

But the children who were with us, with their smiles and mischievous playfullnes, helped us to hold on to the hope to live.

Unless we build an environment where the children can
grow up in high spirits,
we won't have a town that allows us to have hope —
children are the ones who will succeed us into the future.

The Watanoha district of Ishinomaki City is one of the areas most severely damaged by the tsunami.

Five hundred people had died here, and with the continuous exodus of residents the number of households in the district has dropped from the pre-disaster level of 6,000 down to 4,000.

The children of the families that remained have had to commute to schools in other districts.

People are not going to come back if we just wait for the government actions.

If not a full-fledged school, we can start up a nursery school — that was what we thought.

We are in need of support now.

The blue sky at Ishinomaki City