友へ(Tomo e) ＝巴(Tomoe): ”TOMOE” has a double meaning.
This pronunciation has two meanings, “To/For friends” and a traditional Japanese symbol which means “New things mixed together with existing things to make another form.”
We are from the Tomoe Project, dedicated to worldwide disaster relief aid. As you might know, people have lost their home and families after the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. A group of Japanese surfers, residing in San Diego felt powerless and useless, yet we decided to collaborate with our friends in Japan and organize donations to support the affected people and volunteers in Japan on a long-term basis.
We would like to thank you very much for your generous donation and support to the 2011 March earthquake and tsunami victims. We are certain that your contribution (even small one) has made a significant difference. However, individuals who have been affected by disasters (not only in Japan but also in other countries) need long-term support. As the affected individuals often become invisible and forgotten after a while, we are committed to keep raising awareness and disseminating the information and work done by other dedicated individuals and groups.
As a part of our charitable project to support the affected individuals in Tohoku, we sold T-shirts and caps in which 100% of the proceeds went to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan in 2011. All money raised from this project were given to the U.S.-Japan Council, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization who promised donors to send and use 100% of our monetary donation to the affected people and volunteers in the Tohoku area in Japan and to non-profit organizations in Japan who actually went out to the affected area to do volunteer activities. After researching this issue, we were confident that the U.S.-Japan Council had the contacts and initiative to make a direct and lasting difference in the Japan relief effort. You can find out more about the U.S.-Japan Council athttp://www.usjapancouncil.org/ When needed, we can provide a donation receipt from them.
We sold (as of 2/11/2014):
602 donation items and have donated $6158.94
Currently Tomoe Project donation T-shirts and hats are not available. However, we keep supporting the affected individuals in Fukushima in many different ways. Please follow us and check out our our friends’ recent activities on our Facebook page.
Thank you very much for your support!