The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Green Santa Foundation (NPO)

Contributing domestic wood products and offering the LEAF environmental learning program

Activity grant

Project Description

In response to the damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake, we donate domestic timber to nursery schools, kindergartens, and elementary schools for the supplies needed for learning. Goods made from wood from the three prefectures of Tohoku is donated, and this contributes to regeneration of the forestry industry and the creation of employment in the Tohoku region through the utilization of lumber mills in Tohoku. We offer the LEAF environmental learning program while communicating to the children that the products have been made from wood from the Tohoku region. We work together with local communities through this hands-on program for the purpose of providing an understanding on the roles and values of forests.

Preservation of surface soil and forests
Grant year
FY2012 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2012 - September 2015
Grant amount
7,200,000 yen
Activity region
Three prefectures of Tohoku (Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate), Japan
Donation of tables and chairs for the courtyard

Overview of the Organization

Shoko Ito, Managing Director
Shoko Ito, Managing Director
Establishment year
Establishment purpose
In Japan where there is a low lumber self-sufficiency rate despite having a high proportion of forests, because many forests are not used or properly managed, there are issues such as blighted trees due to the lack of sunlight and a decline in biodiversity. Our foundation is based on the concept of "Giving an abundantly green future for our children!" and its purpose is to develop human resources with a sense of responsibility towards the region and the future by putting into practice environmental learning program and creating forests where these programs are possible.
Main activity areas
Japan, overseas
Number of staff members
5 volunteer staff members, 10 full members
Annual operating income
22.27 million yen in 2009, 36.62 million yen in 2010, 20.66 million yen in 2011
WEB site
Main activities
We are engaged in nature education projects and forest development projects in order to achieve the principles behind our activities. In order to educate children that will lead the future on the roles of forests, we focus on encouraging an interest in forests and thinking about the environment by donating goods made with domestic timber so that children have an opportunity to touch and feel domestic timber. At the same time, we offer the LEAF environmental learning program that is based on forest education in Scandinavia in order to deepen the understanding of children on forests and the environment.