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USE OF THE AID MONEY
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Tokyo Earthquake of 1923
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ROTARY CLUB OF TOKYO WEST TOPPAGE


USE OF THE AID MONEY

On November 14, two and a half months after the earthquake, the Rotary Club of Tokyo held a meeting and decided to disburse the aid money in the following ways:

  1. Donation of goods to elementary schools that were burned down. 118 schools in Tokyo and 70 schools in Yokohama were targeted. The club donated 10 blackboards, three maps of Japan, three world maps and five large abacuses to each school.

  2. Assist in the rebuilding of the burned maternity hospital which was managed by Rotary member
    Mr. Masanaka Kinoshita.
  3. Donation to orphanages and donations of buildings for orphans.
  4. Financial assistance to the families of police officers who died while on duty.


We received courteous letters of gratitude from elementary schools that were burned down. We decided to construct a new orphanage building representing "hope for the future" for the city of Tokyo. The building, known as the Rotary Home, was completed in October of the year following the earthquake. Unfortunately the building was burned down during World War II and does not exist today.

Particularly worthy of note is the club's relief fund which started in April, 1924, for the families of the many police officers who lost their lives while on duty during the earthquake.