News Release

Local Stake Partners to Build Libraries in Tokyo Orphanages

In the heart of one of the largest cities in the world, Tokyo, dozens of orphanages exist. The children, who call the orphanage their home, have been sent there to be fed, clothed, safely housed, and loved. Over many years, generous individuals and organizations have selflessly donated resources, finances, and their time so that these children could have a better life. It is an endless endeavor of compassionate, humanitarian service.


Regarding this ongoing need, the Tokyo South (English speaking) Stake decided to get involved. At the suggestion of long-time orphanage advocate, Ms. Naho Hozumi, it was determined that an increase in literacy through libraries was needed. With that, the Stake Communications team drafted a plan to build and stock libraries in two orphanages – Tsumugi No Ie and the Seibi Home. The plan includes an approved Church humanitarian contribution of $10,000, which will be used to purchase furnishings such as bookshelves, rugs, lamps and seating.

Members of the Tokyo First Ward will be involved in preparations for the first library at Tsumugi No le. This orphanage would like to see more donations in order to make the library truly successful. They could especially use gently used Japanese books in good condition, that are suitable for children ages 4-17, as well as simple English picture books. *Any donations can be shipped/dropped off at the address listed below.

Ms. Hozumi stated, “Living with the COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us and even more difficult for the children living at children’s homes. We have started a library project to brighten their days and hope to make it a place where children gather to have stories read to them and enjoy spending time together thinking and wondering about the characters they read about. We look forward to providing those who live with various difficulties - not only the essential supplies, but also experiences and discoveries that come with them. We want to bring courage, kindness and sense of security and hope that those we help will someday pay it forward to create a circle of happiness.”

Non-members from the community will be invited to participate in project efforts, including book donation and preparation, etc. The Church is partnering with Macaron Laboratory, as well as Nishimachi International School and local families for book donations and preparation.

The project completion is slated for the last week of April 2021, pending potential interruptions from the pandemic.

*Book Donation Shipping/Delivery Information:

Asia North Area Office

Attn: John Shepherd

5-8-8 Minami Azabu

Minato-ku, Japan


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