What is CCFJ ?
History of 'Chernobyl Children's
Fund, Japan' (CCFJ)
CCFJ was established in April 1991 by HIROKAWA Ryuichi, a photojournalist
who began a fund-raising campaign. He was motivated by the appeal
made by mothers of Chernobyl supporting groups when he visited
Chernobyl after the accident. CCFJ has donated an ambulance,
medicines, ultrasonic-test equipment, milk, stationery, radioscopes
and some other ten tons of relief goods to contaminated areas.
CCFJ has also been supporting approximately 11,550 children
to recuperate at sanatoriums in Belarus and Ukraine. Since July
1996 CCFJ has been sending children to sanatorium 'Hope 21' in
Belarus and 'Yuzhanka' in Ukraine for recuperation and rehabilitation
after thyroid gland operations. CCFJ cooperates in constructing
and managing these sanatoriums. Funds collected by CCFJ currently
amount to 358,000,000 Japanese yen, most of which is contributed
by individual donors.
Sanatorium 'Hope 21' ('Nadezda XXI vek')
This is the facility built in September 1994 for the purpose
of the education and rehabilitation for children still living
in highly contaminated areas. It is a Belarussian-German joint
enterprise and Chernobyl Children's Fund, Japan (CCFJ) has been
collaborating to support this sanatorium by sharing the running
expenses. The facility can accommodate about 200 children each
month. CCFJ has sent to the Medical Center in the sanatorium
medical equipment such as an electrocardiograph, a pulmonary
apparatus, ophtalmological equipment and ultrasonic test equipment,
antibiotics and antifebrile medicines. These equipment help to
find out children's disease in early stage. We also send Japanese
doctors to inspect this center. In 1998 CCFJ donated an ambulance
which supports children who cannot afford to go to hospitals
or to have health examinations. It also helps children living
in isolated areas to find out their diseases.
'Children in Trouble' (Gomel Branch)
The mothers whose children had
thyroid gland operations formed this supporting group for the
children. CCFJ has been inviting to the special recuperation
program at 'Hope 21', 456 post-operation children suffering from
thyroid gland disorders including members of the group 'Autograph
of Chernobyl' in Minsk.
Belarus Radiation Medical Institute ('Aksacovshina')
CCFJ donated computers and
related facilities for a rehabilitation room in the institute
to be used for children recovering from thyroid gland operations.
CCFJ is also paying the salaries of instructors. In April 2001
the new rehabilitation room will be opened. Reconstruction fee
of the rehabilitation room is fully suppported by CCFJ.
Republic of Belarus MINSK State
Medical Institute R&D center of Thyroid cancer
The children having their thyroid glands enucleated must take
special medicine throughout their lives. CCFJ contributes the
fee for the medicine.
Republican Children Center for
Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, Minsk
Since 1991 CCFJ has been contributing US$10,000 every year
for the anticancer agent fee.
Sanatorium 'South' ('Yuzhanka')
Sanatorium 'South', administered by 'the Help for Families
of Chernobyl', a group in Kiev, is located in Ochakov by the
north coast of the Black Sea.
CCFJ is supporting its running
costs, the expenses for the recuperation of children and the
reconstruction of the facilities. CCFJ built the Children's Pavilion
in 1999. Art, computer and classes on many other subjects are
held there for children as rehabilitation during the recuperation.
In the summer of 2000 the Accommodation House was built with
the financial support of CCFJ.
'The Help for Families of Chernobyl' - Medical Center
CCFJ helps to run a clinic
opened in the evacuation area in Kiev, paying the salaries for
its doctors, donating ultrasonic test equipment and other medical
equipment. In April 2001 the new Rehabilitation Center will be
opened with the financial support of CCFJ. This center is containing
rehabilitation rooms for art and needlework, and the practice
room for Chervona Kalina.
Institute of Endocrinology &
Metabolism, Acad. Med. Sci .of the Ukraine
CCFJ bears most of the expenses of the medicine needed in
this institute for Ukrainian children having thyroid gland operations.
This is a children's music
group formed mainly by children of evacuated families. It belongs
to The Help for Family of Chernobyl. In 1996 and 1998 they were
invited to perform in Japan. The money raised in the concerts
was used for the children of Chernobyl. In the autumn of 2000
some of the members of the group were invited to Mie Prefecture
and in the spring of 2001 they are going to perform in Japan
Natalya Gudziy's Concerts
Natalya is a former leading
member of Chervona Kalina. In the spring of 1999 CCFJ invited
her to Japan and 30 charity concerts were held with success around
the country. At the end of 1999 she returned to Japan and now
is continuing to sing and play the bandula (a Ukrainian traditional
instrument) at charity concerts for children of Chernobyl.
Foster Parents System
This system started in the summer of 1998. Japanese foster
parents support the post-operation children of thyroid gland
from families in need of help. They send a child $50 per month
for two years. The Japanese foster parents, at present, support
about 120 children. This support from Japan not only enables
them to pay for medical expenses but also encourages the children
and their families.
Since the summer of 1996 CCFJ
has been organizing a "Japanese Week" in Ukraine and
Belarus for the summer recuperation of children having had thyroid
gland operation. During this period many classes and events are
held by volunteers from Japan to introduce Japanese culture.