QFF will offer financial assistance to a number of projects in the fields of child education, healthcare, fisheries, and entrepreneurship.
The first project, named 'Maskar', was a US$23 million multifunctional fish processing plant and was opened on 13 October 2012. The plant, which is located in Onawa in Miyagi Prefecture, is helping to rebuild local fishing industries left devastated by the disaster. It is also aimed at restoring hope for thousands of people in the area. Following this, QFF announced its first call for project submissions, which resulted in the selection of five additional initiatives. A second call for project submissions was announced in October 2012.
All projects are aligned to the four core areas of QFF – child education, healthcare, fisheries, and entrepreneurship.
Education allows children to realize their potential and shape their futures. QFF strongly believes in the importance of child education, and works with youth in communities affected by the 2011 earthquake to establish appropriate opportunities for them to develop the knowledge, skills, and experiences that will help them make important life choices. QFF focuses on the rehabilitation and expansion of schools, promoting education in sports and culture, while developing partnerships between students that will foster cooperation and further enrich cultural understanding between Qatari and Japanese children.
Realizing the importance of healthcare in disaster-affected populations provides the foundations for relief efforts. QFF further recognizes that a healthy community is necessary for the long-term growth and sustainability of any society. Aiding both the physical and mental health recovery of victims, the Fund works to empower people to rebuild and sustain their livelihoods. In disaster-affected areas, QFF has identified effective rehabilitation programs for young victims and is focused on supporting child cancer treatment.
QFF recognizes the economic value of fisheries to Japan’s economy, especially in communities hit by the 3/11 disaster. In some regions, as many as four in five households relied on the income generated from the sea, before the earthquake struck. The rehabilitation and development of this industry therefore assumes great importance. QFF works with local fishing communities to rebuild fishing economies and supply chains, creating thousands of job opportunities in the process. In addition, the Fund works tirelessly to reduce the environmental damage and contamination that has affected marine life.
Supporting entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs whose new enterprises play a large role in and act as a driving force for regeneration of the local Tohoku area.