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June 25, 2002

JETs with Broad Horizons

A recent Japan Times article featured the efforts of Carlo Capua from the US and Doug Brittain from Canada. The two JET program participants have been building educational bridges between Japan and Papua New Guinea. While traveling with 17 other JETs from Niigata prefecture on a Habitat For Humanity program to build houses for the needy last year, the pair were shocked by the lack of educational facilities in PNG. Despite the fact that the education of a child costs the equivalent of just ¥2,000 a year, they learned that many families cannot afford to send their children to school. They formed an NGO and have been organizing tours, both to and from PNG, and gathering much needed funds and teaching materials for use in the Waria Valley district. Both JETs plan to continue this work after their contracts finish this summer.

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