Our mission: The Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, which struck off the coast of northeastern Japan at 2:46 local time on the afternoon of March 11th, 2011, was among the most devastating seismic events in human history, and unquestionably the worst natural disaster in modern Japanese history. The tsunami swallowed whole towns and claimed more than 20,000 lives, and even for those who survived, changed everything about their lives. Many people lost homes that had been in their families for generations, and others lost their livelihoods. Even today, more than two years later, the region's social and economic recovery is an ongoing and painfully protracted process, with political infighting, lack of funding, and the immense scale of the jobs of cleaning up and rebuilding proving to be stubborn obstacles. Teachers for Japan is an organization composed of former and current Miyagi-area educators, both Japanese and western, all of whom share a profound love for this beautiful, little-known region of Japan and the kind, courageous, and determined people who live there, and we have made it our mission to assist the recovery as best we can as educators by helping the region's students get back to learning. Working with the Miyagi English Education Support Association (MEESA), we have collected more than $30,000 in donations from four continents and more than a dozen countries with which we have provided notebooks, pencils, compasses, books, and other educational implements to students living in the disaster zone. These are not major expenses, it is true, but for families who lost everything to the water every little bit helps. We are a 100% volunteer organization with no paid staff, and every dollar, pound, euro, yen, peseta, yuan and ruble we collect goes to our mission. Even the website you are looking at right now is paid for out of our own pockets and was designed on our own time. If you are so kind as to help us out, you can be assured that in so doing you are giving money to help the children of Tohoku.