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Creating a Safe Haven in the Heart of Bustling Districts for Children Young people Suffering from Abuse and LGBTQ issues

◆Content:

We, "Shinjou," a certified NPO, have been based in Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture since 2009. For 14 years, we have been striving to create a society where no one is isolated, or can cope with isolation, by supporting those in need of welfare assistance in the community. We have encountered over 4,500 individuals dealing with various issues such as truancy, social withdrawal, abuse, unemployment, and LGBTQ concerns.

In Nagasaki too, many are suffering without receiving the help they need. For children and young people, reaching out to established counseling services can be daunting, and they often only seek help after facing severe mental, social, or economic difficulties. Recognizing this, we have undertaken the "Social Foster Care Independence Support Base Project." Seizing this opportunity, we aim to address these challenges by providing a café-style space in the center of Nagasaki City where these young people can easily drop in. While appearing to be casual conversation over coffee, this setting facilitates counseling and emotional expression, enabling preventive support. By the time this message reaches you, we may have already commenced our modest activities.

The staff at Shinjou were once individuals struggling with school and social life. While we don't claim to understand every feeling of the children, we believe in being a supportive presence as they face their challenges and take steps forward. We are currently working hard to secure funding to continue and develop our activities. We seek your warm and enthusiastic support, not for a fleeting connection, but to help the children, and ourselves, grow and realize our potential.

About the "Social Foster Care Independence Support Base Project"

◆ Objective:
The project aims to facilitate smooth social independence for children about to leave or who have already left child welfare institutions.
It provides information, training, and individual counseling from the time of admission through post-discharge, helping these children continue their education or employment. 

◆ Support Content:
We offer basic life support, promote social participation, and provide employment assistance.
This project is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and is implemented based on the Social Welfare Law.

About GIVING for SDGs:

GIVING for SDGs was born as a mechanism to contribute to the SDGs by donating to NPOs that fill gaps in society.

[Details on GIVING for SDGs (https://congrant.com/jp/corp/sonybank/givingforsdgs.html)]

◆Sponsor:

■ Sony Bank

Comment from Sony Bank:

Thank you for participating in "GIVING for SDGs sponsored by Sony Bank."

We believe this project, which aims to create a space where children and young people suffering from issues such as truancy, abuse, and LGBTQ can comfortably spend time, is a vital initiative in our diverse modern society.

Additionally, this project corresponds to 8 of the 17 SDGs, especially targets 1 (No Poverty), 2 (Zero Hunger), 5 (Gender Equality), 10 (Reduced Inequalities), and 16 (Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions). These are challenging areas for contribution through our service, "Sony Bank GATE," hence our strong sense of purpose in supporting this project.

Sony Bank hopes that through this project, we can continue to provide a safe and accessible space for everyone to consult and spend time in.

[Sony Bank Official Site (https://moneykit.net/?cid=cf_gfs006_02)]

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