We are currently folding cranes for ‘Paper Cranes for Japan’ and pointing schools in the same direction:

These simple yet powerful gestures will trigger a $200,000 donation from the Bezos Family Foundation – $2 for each crane received – to Architecture for Humanity’s reconstruction efforts in Japan. Once we reach our goal of 100,000 submissions, the cranes will be woven into an art installation – a symbolic gift from students around the globe to Japanese youth.

In addition to any funds schools can raise through folding paper cranes, they can now also add $2 to the cranes worth towards helping Japan rebuild. See the link above for details!



Our wish:

We would like to work with schools who would be willing to involve themselves and their children in working together to further the relief effort in Japan which on March 11th, 2011 was struck with one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history.

The project aims to fold 1,000,000 cranes as a show of support, love, and friendship for the Japanese people. A group of 1000 origami paper cranes strung together is called a Senbazuru in Japanese. The Senbazuru is a symbol of friendship and longevity and is a common gift from friends and family for someone who is sick or has been hospitalized.

By presenting the Japanese people with 1000 Senbazuru (1,000,000 cranes) we can show our friendship, support, and wish them a speedy recovery.


The school would hold a crane folding day where the students will learn about the disaster, the Millions Cranes For Japan Project, and will be taught to fold an origami crane.

We would like to encourage the children to use junk mail or old newspapers found around their house, cut into 6″x6″ squares, instead of buying new paper in order to reduce the environmental impact of producing cranes on this scale.

Then over the following week(s) the students would gather pledges from parents, neighbors, businesses, churches, etc. in their area based on how many cranes they can fold during the drive.

Folding origami paper cranes in support of the Million Cranes For Japan Project can allow the students to:

  • learn about the disaster
  • discover the beautiful Japanese art form of folding paper called Origami
  • learn about Japanese tradition through the meaning of the Senbazuru (1000 cranes)
  • feel the positivity of friendship, teamwork, and accomplishment
  • learn to reuse and recycle

If you are an interested student, parent, school, and/or have experience in organizing these kinds of events please contact us and let’s work together to help our friends in Japan!

2 Responses to “Schools”
  1. Mary Margaret Briggs says:

    Hi there,

    What a great Idea! Chautauqua Elementary School on Vashon Island is interested in participating. We’d like to know what the time frame is for completion, whether we would do our own stringing, and any other details.
    Thank you very much.

    Mary Margaret Briggs

  2. Amanda Vardaman says:

    I’m interested in helping. After spending a summer in Japan and making several friends throughout a sister city exchange I can’t imagine having anything happen to my extended family. Praying for Japan!

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