Exchange Program between Survivors of the 9/11 Terror Attacks and
the 3/11 Great East Japan Disasters
Six members of the September 11th Families' Association will travel to Japan through the 5th International Survivor Exchange Program for Children and Community Survivors of 3/11 Great East Japan Disasters. This program is sponsored by the Japanese Medical Society of America and Englewood Rotary Club, District 7490, with support from the American Airlines Miles for Kids in Need Program, and the United States-Japan Foundation. Program participants will visit disaster-stricken areas of the Tohoku region and speak with others who share the pain of losing loved ones.
Disaster psychiatrists and children’s mental health counselors from the United States will also participate in the program. These professionals will visit with disaster survivors in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures. There will also be donations of the picture book "Sadako no Orizuru" that presents discussions between survivors of the 9/11 terror attacks and the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami through the story of atomic bomb victim Sadako Sasaki’s paper cranes. In addition, participants will make a special visit to Nara’s Kasuga Grand Shrine, which has held prayers for the recovery of the Tohoku region three times every day since the 3/11 disaster.