TEWASSA is a long-term volunteer project
devoted to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami relief through handmade arts+crafts.
In Fukushima's dialect, "tewassa" means "handmade" or "items you play within your hands."
After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, Japanese living in Boston were restless and wanted to do something.
This was the beginning of Tewassa and we started from what we could do.
We want to cherish ideas born from feelings of love and support for Japan.
- Quilt Project 1: At the Boston Children Museum, 124 children wrote messages on pieces of cloth, and over 200 people worked to combine the sections into a quilt. The quilt was then taken to Ookawa Elementary School in Miyagi Prefecture .
- Quilt Project 2: Residents of Nantucket Island wrote messages on pieces of cloth, and over 300 people worked to produce the quilt. This quilt was taken to Iizaka Elementary School in Fukushima Prefecture.
- Quilt Project 3: Students from the Japanese Language School of Greater Boston wrote messages on pieces of cloth, and with the help of many volunteers, the sewing work is presently taking place.
- An American high school started a Tewassa group and Quilt Project 4 has begun. Also, in Florida, an Orlando Tewassa group has begun its activity.
- Tewassa Kids: Not to forget the disaster or areas affected, children living in Boston are working on the quilts as well as sending letters and their most cherished items to people affected by the disaster.
- Screened "Chernobyl Heart" at MIT.
Produces quilts, special symbols of "bringing hearts together," and delivers them to areas affected by the disaster. In the process, Tewassa helps support the connection between groups involved in the projects and the Japanese communities receiving the quilts.
Supports the lives of those who have evacuated from the affected areas.
Educates children outside Japan about the disaster and the recovery efforts. By working together with children, the hope is to raise the next generation with skills and knowledge to help in future situations.
Displays documentaries about Japan's current situation.
Tewassa receives funding through the sales of handmade goods and donations.