Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan
Just like the its home town of Onagawa itself, Cobaltore Onagawa - a community based soccer club in Onagawa, Miyagi - lost everything by tsunami on 3/11. They club considered of shutting itself down, but by strong request from the community, they decided to go on, and spent entire 2011 working for rebuilding of the town. Next year in 2012, they are going to resume their soccer club activities and will take part in Tohoku Football League South (5th division from the top pro-league) and along with that, they are resuming their hugely popular activity of teaching soccer for local kids. They are receiving requests to cover kids in their neighboring region of Oshika, whose soccer club just disappeared after tsunami. So they want to purchase a large van in order to pick up/drive back those kids (including many of their original members in their home town, as some kids lost their home and come from distant temporary house). They have raised some money for that, but still need about $23k, for which we would like to apply for this program. Onagawa Soccer Bus is a project that seeks to connect Cobaltore Onagawa and the kids in the region once again.