Where it all started…
oshiZora was born from an awareness of the problems of street children in Indonesia. The idea and concept of hoshiZora was created by six Indonesian university students studying in Japan, who looked for a way to help underprivileged Indonesian children gain access to education. It was a big surprise for them when they realized that they could “buy” an education for an unfortunate child in Indonesia with one-day of spending money.
They began saving 1000 yen a month, an amount equal to a student’s shopping for one day, and sent it to Indonesia to support a child’s education in Indonesia. More and more people continued to join in this activity, and it was made into an official organization on May 2nd, 2006. HoshiZora launched its first generation of foster siblings on May 20th, 2006, connecting sponsors (Kakak Bintang = elder siblings) to unfortunate children in Indonesia (Adik Bintang = younger siblings) who lacked access to education.
Currently, hoshiZora is growing into a worldwide network and its members, mainly in Japan and Indonesia, are working together to support children’s education in Indonesia.
What does hoshiZora mean?
he name hoshiZora comes from the Japanese Language and means “starry sky” (Hoshi = Star; Zora = Sky) which symbolizes our sincere hope that every child has a dream and goal for their life that is as high as the stars, and that they dare to make it come true. HoshiZora offers financial assistance for their education, as we believe that education is an important tool to help them realize their dream, and reach a better future.