Community service opportunity building a playground in Sagamihara

Join volunteers from other organizations in a weekend of work and fun at a children's home west of Tokyo. Organized by NPO Playground of Hope, co-founded by Neil Rosenblatt (HKS'06).

Bring Play to Underprivileged Children!

 Harvard Club of Japan members are invited to join in a 2 day community service activity offered by Japan NPO Playground of Hope.

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 On the weekend of November 28-29 we will join with volunteers from other organizations (total group size maximum 15 volunteers) to build a wooden playground and hold a barbecue for the children and community members at the Sagamihara Minami Jido (Children’s) Home about 90 minutes west of Tokyo. (9:00-19:00 on Saturday 28th and 12:00-18:00 on Sunday)

Playground of Hope is an organization that helps bring play to underprivileged children in Japan by building wooden playsets that become a symbol of hope. Their activities started in Tohoku but are currently expanding into other areas of Japan. Their model works not only thanks to generous individual and corporate donations of money, but also because of all the hard work of volunteers building the playgrounds. Playground of Hope was founded and is run by Neil Rosenblatt (Harvard KSG, 2006) and Michael Anop, both natives of Massachusetts. This will be the 47th playground built since POH's founding after the Great East Japan earthquake. 

Participation donation of 12,000 yen per adult covers part of the cost of the playground kit and also includes bento on Saturday and barbecue on Sunday. All ages are welcome, and children may participate for free. Fee for family with 2 adults is 20,000 yen.

NOTE: To encourage participation in this first activity we are doing with Playground of Hope, Harvard Club of Japan will subsidize in full the participation cost of the first five people to register and subsidize half for all other members who participate.

To register, please e-mail Carl Kay at

Please register by November 25.

Full details of location etc. available after registering.