As an organization, we believe in modeling generosity. Here is an excerpt from the Nozomi Project guiding principles:
All of the profits made through Nozomi will support the Nozomi women staff, local people and projects of Tohoku and/or reinvested back into the organization. We also give some of our profits to organizations and/or individuals who are making a difference in bringing about hope and transformation to their communities. The Be One North American staff does 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 to stop human trafficking in Japan. We just had the joy of donating over $1500 to two organizations making a difference in this country: Zoe International and Lighthouse. We look forward to continual contribution to this important endeavor.
- Our Nozomi team has wanted to do whatever we can to help those in other parts of Japan who are suffering from national disasters. We have created a Nozomi Disaster Relief Fund for this purpose. Many of you purchased from our Kumamoto collection, of which 50% of the sales were sent to provide much-needed financial assistance to earthquake victims in southern Japan. We are excited to announce that in November 2016, we gave $1500 to Kumamoto disaster relief. Thank you!
We also provided some financial assistance to those who suffered tremendous damage from a typhoon in Iwate Prefecture (just north of us).
We donated $15 from the purchase of each of our special 2016 Anniversary Necklaces to the Disaster Relief Fund as another way of joining with you in practicing generosity.
We donated 10% of July and August 2018 sales to address flood relief in Western Japan. Read more on our blog: Giving Back: Flood Relief in Western Japan
In addition, some of the organizations to which we have contributed over the last seven years include:
- Megumi Project (our sister organization)
- 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 San’s (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,
- Starfish Project: a social enterprise 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)