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A Tree House For Tsunami Survivors

Tree House Classroom Built For Japanese Tsunami Survivors

In the wake of Japan’s 2011 tsunami, in which some children remain missing, surfer Takashi Kobayashi felt like he should help the survivors in a way he knew only he could. So the proclaimed “tree house guru” has built a tree house classroom for the children of Higashi-Matsushima, one of the hardest-hit areas, to help with their healing process. “Many of these children are traumatized. They need natural beauty around them — and they really, urgently need homes and schools that will help foster in them a belief in the future,” says C.W. Nicol, a writer for the Japan Times. Kobayashi gets that. As a father of three children himself, “when I think of the children still missing from this area it hurts me,” he says.

To find out more about the tree house design, which is chronicled in a film project by retired surfer Rob Machado, read the whole story on the Huffington Post.

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