About the Himawari Foundation


In the face of the disaster, Groundwork Fukuoka as created a system to ensure a trouble free flow of support. The Himawari Foundation has the goal to help the redevelopment of the disaster zone. Therefore we depend on further donations and hope for your future support.

 Thank you very much! 

Groundwork Fukuoka Himawari FoundationThe Bank of Fukuoka, LTD                             Sumiyoshi                                 Swift Code: FKBKJPJT                       Account number: 1440756                   Bank code: 0177233                   Reference: Fukuoka Himawari kikin

Column of the Himawari Foundation


Immediately after the Earthquake Groundwork Fukuoka got some massage caring about their safety from their friends in and outside Japans. The 18 years long friendship with Groundwork Merthyr & Rhondda Cynon Taff (Great Britain) enabled an instant help. They set up a found for us to support the aid programs and founded a team with the task to coordinate the allocation of the aid money. Furthermore Groundwork M & RC organized charity events to collect money for the suffering people. As the Chairman of Groundwork M & RC Ms.Lynfa Phillips finally came toFukuokaon October 2011, she presented donations (sum 979,253 Yen). The team still exists today and continues with its efforts to accumulate donations.

(We, Groundwork Fukuoka are deeply grateful to all the help given by many volunteers for Himawari Foundation. The donations are used for the necessary aid programs in the disaster zone. However to ensure a long-time help the Himwari Foundation still depends on further help. Therefore please continue to support us in the future)


On 16th of September 2010 approximately a dozen people, mainly from Africa, met in Joyo town in front of the Firefly and Stone Bridge Center. We went together into a traditional 150 year old Japanese house to attend a presentation of Mr. Otani. He presented Groundwork Fukuoka’s aims and activities regarding their interest to make this world a better place. Therefore the environment must be kept clean and disabled people must be integrated into society. Everybody and especially every child must be able to hope, dream and laugh. And it is our job to save the natural treasures of this planet for our children as well, because they will stay here for a longer time then we do ourselves and they shall be able to have a good future. People must talk to each other which will end up war and mistrust. Instead of fighting we should say one another: “You are wonderful!” This is the motto of Groundwork Fukuoka.

Groundwork engages in different projects all over the world. Groundwork Fukuoka engages especially in the support of the yame area and in the support of a school for blind children. In organizing different activities Groundwork tries not only to educate but also to give good experiences which shall bring different people together, make them talk and make them friends.

(Written by Verena)


Groundwork Fukuoka engaged in a festival

On Sunday, the 12th of September, 2010, the Hojoya festival took place in front of the Hokizaki shrine in Fukuoka. At many colorful stalls one could buy Japanese festival food or try ones hand at different Japanese gambling.

A few blocks away from that fair another festival took place, which was a little bit smaller but not less colorful and tasty than the other one. And instead of chaos, the social gathering was of importance. Regarding a request, different members of organizations came together. First, some artists performed feats and dances. Later speeches were hold and after that delicious self-made Japanese food was served.

Along the way volunteers of Groundwork Fukuoka sold products from Joyo at that festival. Not even recurring shower could stop them. In the end it was a complete success.

(written by Verena)


Planting potatoes in Joyo

On the 5th of September, 2010, at 8.30 a.m. I was picked up by Mr. Otani and his wife. Another employee of Groundwork Fukuoka joined us and Mr. Otani took us to Joyo, Yame City in the southern area of Fukuoka Prefecture. Along the way uphill the landscape was already beautiful. The streets are surrounded by dense forests composed of bamboos, conifers, overgrown with moss and creepers. Joyo was even more beautiful. Surrounded by mountains you can see both those forests and rice- and teafields and furthermore a small village within that beautiful landscape.

At the Children`s Museum, named warabe kan, more staff of Groundwork Fukuoka joined us. First we had a look at the two fields that should be planted and had a short walk into the cool forest.

Then it was time to plant the potatoes. A local resident prepared the soil of the field and showed us the way the potatoes should be planted. Before we could go down to work we had to rake some rows of hollows into the earth. With the help of a broken bamboo stick that we used to keep a certain distance between the potatoes, we put them in these hollows. After we had given some fertilizer over the potatoes, we covered them with earth. The work was tiring because it was a hot morning. Nevertheless everybody`s mood seemed to be the best and all the participants were motivated and made an effort to do a good job.

We enjoyed lunch at the restaurant besides warabe kan with delicate, self-made dishes. After lunch, we went to the Children`s museum. This museum is quite interesting and all the more beautiful because the exhibitions spaces of the museum are still in use for children to play.

After this refreshing break, we went to another field to sow some radish. In the meantime the cloudy and the cool breeze of an approaching thunderstorm made it much easier to work. The field was already in rows of small mounds prepared. On top of these mounds we dig a small hallow, where the seeds were put in and then covered with earth. When we finished our work it punctual started to rain. What a good start for these vegetables to grow!

I really enjoyed this day in Joyo. It was my first time planting potatoes and it was really interesting. By the way I supported Groundwork Fukuokas`s aim to keep the famous agriculture in Yame alive. It felt good having done something like this.

(Written by Verena)