One of Nozomi's three core values is blessing. We have been blessed, and therefore want to bless others around the world in great need. Here is an excerpt from the Nozomi Project guiding principles:
Profit made through Nozomi supports the Nozomi women staff, local people and projects of Tohoku, and/or is reinvested back into the organization. We also give some of our profit to organizations and/or individuals who are making a difference in bringing about hope and transformation to their communities. The North American Be One staff do not receive any money from the profits of Nozomi Project.
- We are concerned about human trafficking, and have created a special way to make a difference! We are donating $2 of each purchase of our Nozomi "Holding Hope" Necklace, Earrings, and Holding Hope Matching Sets to fight human trafficking in Japan. Each year we have had the joy of donating to organizations making a difference in this country, including Zoe International and Lighthouse. We look forward to continual contribution to this important endeavor.
- Over the last few years we have been working with a rescue center in Cambodia for vulnerable women and their families. In addition to donating to improve their lives, we have also been investing in a sewing project to help give them new skills. Check out our ethically-sourced Dara Collection to see the denim gift bags being made!
- Our Nozomi team has moved to help those in other parts of Japan who are suffering from national disasters. We have sent funds and supplies to Kumamoto, Hiroshima, and Iwate that have made a difference for those suffering. Our Nozomi customers were wonderful supporters of our special Kumamoto collection, in which profits were sent to victims of the earthquake there.
Photos: providing some financial assistance to those who suffered tremendous damage from a typhoon in Iwate Prefecture (just north of us).
Read more on our blog from this time: Giving Back: Flood Relief in Western Japan
In addition, some of the organizations to which we have contributed over the years include:
- Megumi Project (our sister organization)
- The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund
- codopany.org - an NPO building parks and places for children and moms to gather
- The Rock (a sports center in Ishinomaki administered by Be One)
- Fukushima Hope Project (camp in Fukushima for children affected by nuclear disaster)
- SumiShou Mama Sans (a local group of moms who visited elementary schools and produced plays, read stories, etc. to help local children dealing with trauma)
- Providing blossoming trees for a local elementary school.
National & Overseas Projects:
- Zoe International: organization based in Thailand that rescues children and orphans from human trafficking.
- Dipti Foundation: an organization in Bangladesh bringing relief
- Starfish Project: a social enterprise/business in which women rescued from human trafficking are making jewelry.
- Partners in Hope/Malawi: (a hospital working with AIDS patients)
- H2H Philippines (organization helping with reconstruction after typhoon)
- ELWA Hospital (Liberia, Africa, helping with Ebola patients and other needs)
- Nepal Family Rebuilding Packages/Asian Access
- Nakajima Hospice (Tokyo, Japan)
- Juntendo Cancer Clinics (Tokyo, Japan)