Big Bento Lunch is proudly donating all funds raised this year to the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund.
“As JETAA represents former ALTs who have lived and worked in Japan, we believe the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund is the perfect fit as this year’s Big Bento Lunch beneficiary.” Emma Libbis, JETAA Vic/Tas/SA President
Taylor Anderson, an Assistant Learning Teacher (ALT) with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, died during the 2011 Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami.
As an ALT, Taylor spent two-and-a-half years teaching English to kindergarten, lower school and junior high school students in the coastal city of Ishinomaki of Miyagi Prefecture. She was last seen helping and assuring her students after the disaster.
Taylor’s passion and love for the people of Japan is carried on through the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund, which was set up in the days after the disaster.
The main purposes of the Fund are to help students, schools and families in the Ishinomaki area recover from the earthquake and tsunami as Taylor’s family expects Taylor would have wanted, and to pursue Taylor’s dream of being a bridge between the US and Japan.
In July 2014, this US NPO was taken over by a Japanese NPO as Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund. Taylor’s family decided to stay with people in the devastated area on a long-term basis.
The fund works with non-profit organisations on the ground, contributing 100% of its funds to projects Taylor’s family believes she would have identified with.
“We think Taylor would be very proud of this. Her spirit encourages us and gives us the strength to do our best in her honor and keep her spirit alive in all of us.”