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ISHIONAMAKI, JAPAN - DECEMBER 5: Children play at an after school program supported by Save The Children Japan on December 5, 2011, in Ishionamaki, Japan. Save The Children Japan gives out scholarships to families and assists children who's lives were disrupted and devastated by tsunami. Many children lost parents, family members and where traumatized during the tsunami. These so called Gakudos are supported by the ngo. Northeastern Japan's coastline was struck by an earthquake measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale and a Tsunami on March 11, 2011 which destroyed villages and livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of people. Almost 16,000 dead, thousands missing, more than 700,000 properties destroyed and an estimated 387,000 survivors lost their homes. Its estimated that it will take more than five years to rebuild. The cost is estimated to 309 billion U.S. dollars, the world's most expensive natural disaster. Many children suffered especially with school destroyed, education interrupted and the loss of family members took a heavy toll. Save The Children Japan runs many programs to assist families and children in the tsunami stricken areas. one of the few ngo's working here they assist with food, hygiene products, shelter, counseling, and many after school and pre school programs and scholarships for families who lost their livelihood after the tsunami. (Photo by Per-Anders Pettersson)
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