History

Up to the day the “Flame of Hope” began

[Phase1] International support

2003〜

Built three wells in Sri Lanka.

Provided financial assistance to a landmine removal project in Afghanistan.

Provided aid for earthquake damage in Haiti and India.

Helped an HIV orphanage in Thailand.

[Phase2] Established specified a non-profit organization

2009〜

Bangladesh support project

We began operating a school for a minority Buddhist tribe in Bangladesh, and established specified a non-profit organization (at the time, it was called “Uni”).

Aid for 2010 Haiti earthquake

Aid for 2011 Tōhoku earthquake

We brought fresh vegetables and provided volunteer shiatsu treatments every week for a period of two years.

Thailand support

AIDS orphanage support (2013)

Bangladesh support project

Later, we rebuilt and now organize and manage a stupa park in Cox’s Bazar.
The Bangladesh project is ongoing; there are now three schools:
・Khuruskul elementary school
・Choflondhi elementary school
・Barbakiya elementary school

[Phase3] Started Earth Caravan

2015〜

The name of the non-profit Uni was changed to NPO Earth Caravan.

Seventy years after the end of World War II, Earth Caravan began its global, intercultural pilgrimage dedicated to peace and healing the world’s wounds caused by war and other tragedies.

On its pilgrimage, Earth Caravan organized charity events at each city it visited in Japan, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, including Palestine.

Also, for the first time in history, embers from the Hiroshima atomic bomb were brought to Jerusalem, where we prayed for peace with people from all religions.

This global, intercultural pilgrimage has continued every year since 2015.

A documentary film of Earth Caravan’s 2015 pilgrimage called “BE FREE!” gets shown all over the world.

EarthCaravan Website
https://www.earthcaravan.jp/

[Phase4] The origin of the “Flame of Hope” project

2019〜

In early 2019, for the first time in history, embers from the Hiroshima atomic bomb were brought to the Vatican, and we asked Pope Francis to blow out the flame to symbolize the abolition of nuclear war and weapons.

Setsuko Thurlow came to the Vatican with Earth Caravan. She is a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb, and she accepted the Nobel Peace prize on behalf of ICAN. To represent young people’s interest in this issue, we brought along three thirteen-year-old girls and one twelve-year-old girl, all from different countries.

For this project, we will gather in one flame the prayers and wishes for peace of people from all over the world. The “Flame of Hope” project started on September 26th, 2019.

Earth Caravan’s Projects

Creating a symbol of hope for all humankind through our international Flame of Hope project

Working toward the abolition of nuclear weapons

Cultivating peace, justice and equality in Palestine

Supporting the Rakhine minority community in Bangladesh

Building bridges and healing trauma in North Amercian Indigenous communities

Unifying cultures and religions to create a bright future in the Balkan countries of Europe