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‘Paper Cranes For Japan’ Becomes International Movement

The Paper Cranes for Japan campaign was originally launched to inspire young people worldwide to show their support for victims of the disaster. But what started as a sign of solidarity has spiraled into something much more.DoSomething.org a…

The Paper Cranes for Japan campaign was originally launched to inspire young people worldwide to show their support for victims of the disaster. But what started as a sign of solidarity has spiraled into something much more.

DoSomething.org and Students Rebuild launched the campaign, which provided an instructional video on paper-crane-making, and asked people to post photos and mail in their work. The hope was to eventually link all the cranes together, assembling a massive art installation in one of the centers or schools currently being rebuilt in Japan.

But the project, which launched modestly in mid-March, has since inspired hundreds of thousands of cranes from all over the world. The Bezos Family Foundation took note and stepped in, agreeing to donate $2 to Architecture for Humanity for every paper crane that was received. The two organizations originally partnered together in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti.

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