Our Mission is Global
The mission of Seibo is to feed every hungry child in the world at hot meal at school. Our methods of fundraising vary from traditional donation to revenues
from sales of sim cards to foreign visitors to Japan & include all revenues generated through sales of charitable coffee. Disturbingly, and surprisingly, Japan
is not immune to issues of child poverty. From May of this year in response to a changing environment in Japan Seibo have committed to support a small, fledgling
after-school feeding programme in Tokyo using funds raised from our corporate partners.
Our Mission includes Japan
There will be people who ask “why Japan?” as ever. But as Audrey Hepburn, an aid recipient in her time, “a child is a child in any country whatever the politics”. At the after-school feeding project many of the kids in attendance are from a broken family. Most are aged between the ages of 8 to 12. In addition some have learning difficulties while the parents of kids in single-parent families often work night shifts or keep irregular hours. Many of these children rely on meal provided to supplement their breakfast meal the next day.
Tokyo School Meals Project
From the 10th of May for one year Seibo have committed to financially supporting the cost of food for a Tokyo-based partner organisation. The hope is that the free meal
which is served twice a day currently can be extended to 6 days. If we can convince and encourage more of our donors to understand our motive & rationale we hold out hope for a deeper relationship as long as there is a definable need for a free meal.
Japan’s School Meals- Rooted in Charity
Japanese school lunches are famous worldwide. What is perhaps less well known is the role of charity in developing this now unique Japanese model. Following World War II Japan and its children were facing starvation. Support for school lunches was initiated by the USA and by aid organisations such as GARIOA, EROA & LARA. These organisations were created for the sole purpose of preventing hunger & social unrest in post-war Japan. Having seen the results a simple school meal could make the Japanese government years later enshrined a school meal into Japanese law.
The Seibo Commitment
We remain unwavering in our commitment to providing a meal to those in need. Our inclusion of children in Japan does not in any way blind us to the task ahead in future years in Malawi. It simply allows us to to fulfill our mission and the adage that while “Charity begins at home- it should not end there”!
Thank you for your ongoing support.