December 6, 2010 - NYK has provided free ocean transport of 5,000 pairs of children’s sandals to youths attempting to recover from the devastating earthquake that occurred on January 12 in Haiti. This shipment to Haiti was coordinated with Japan Platform (JPF), an international emergency humanitarian aid organization, as part of the NYK Group - JPF Joint Aid Supplies Transportation Projects that NYK has been a part of since 2004.
The sandals were donated by Taiyakan, a commercial franchise chain of the Bridgestone Corporation, shipped free by NYK from Tokyo to Rio Haina, Dominican Republic, and distributed by October 28 by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency Japan (ADRA JAPAN) to children living in Port-au-Prince. Messages from the children have since been received expressing their gratitude.
Taiyakan recycles old tires to create these sandals, which are then sent all over the world through the company’s ECOPIA sandal program. In fact, the sandals sent to Haiti featured winning designs collected from children around Japan.
Even though 10 months has passed since the quake, many children are still living in a very chaotic village environment. The distribution of sandals helps the children avoid infectious diseases such as tetanus by protecting the bottoms of their feet against deep or dirty wounds.
The NYK Group wishes for a quick recovery in the area and will continue to use its logistics and transport services, facilities, and networks across oceans, land, and air to demonstrate the group's commitment to social contribution activities.