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Origami Cranes of Hope

March 11 2012 marks the first anniversary of the Tohoku, Japan, tsunami and earthquake that left over 15,850 dead, over 6,000 injured and over 3,200 people missing. It was the most powerful earthquake known to have hit Japan and one of the five most powerful earthquakes in the world since modern record-keeping began in 1900.

Out of that unimaginable tragedy comes a story of hope and global compassion. This is the story of paper cranes. According to Japanese legend, anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane.

Immediately following the devastating earthquake and tsunami, and Students Rebuild mobilized the campaign Paper Cranes for Japan, which challenged young people worldwide to make and mail in a paper crane with a wish of hope and healing.

Over the past year, 2 million paper cranes, mailed in by thousands of young people worldwide to support Japan.

The goal was 100,000 cranes. The result was 2 million cranes and approximately $500,000 in donations for rebuilding projects in the Tohoku region.

--Bibi Farber

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