Fukushima Kids Executive Committee

As a result of the disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Plant, the children of Fukushima have been forbidden to play outside. In the immediate wake of the disaster, in the summer of 2011, a summer camp was held in Hokkaido for children from Fukushima usually forced to spend most of their time in doors. This proved to be both beneficial to their health and extremely popular with participants. With summer vacation just around the corner once more, we do not want the children to be forced to spend their vacation indoors this year, and would like to provide a similar educational opportunity in which they will be able to learn and grow. The experiences and opportunities for communication that chi...
Nov 7, 2014

Letters from Fukushima

leaning how to use a saw
leaning how to use a saw

375 kids joined Fukushima Kids summer camp in 2014.

All kids and their parents write letters to tell their feelings, thanks, and so on to join the programs.

I introduce 2 letters, one from a child, one from a mom.

After reading each letter, I understand the meaning and the importance of Fukushima Kids programs.

 

Michiko Iwasaki

 

"Things I Think About"

 

I haven’t been able to eat vegetables and fruits from Fukushima anymore after the disaster because I’m afraid of radiation.

So I tell mom to buy foods from other prefectures.

I had a thyroid exam in March. I was the only one in my class to have an exam twice at a university hospital. I was so scared and sweated so much when I got a shot in my throat. I thought, “Why only me?” I wondered if it was because I went to get some water or because I was outside when the disaster happened. Now I don't play outside for a long time anymore. I want to play a lot.

Also, I appreciate that Fukushima Kids has been here for us. Thank you.

 

A letter from a boy in Fukushima

 

 

 

 

"To All Fukushima Kids staff members"

This is the third time we participated in your event.

To be honest, my son had told me ‘‘I don’t want to go alone far away from home every holiday. I am not going this summer,’’ before he visited Onuma. However, the moment he came home from Onuma, he said ‘‘I am going there again this summer!’’

He said he was so happy because university students, who were there as staff members, were really friendly to him, and that he promised them he will be with them again this summer.

I have seen a page on Fukushima Kids’ website where staff members are introduced, and I came to really appreciate that so many people help our children out. Thank you for everything that you do, and I am sorry that my son is a bit naughty. We look forward to joining your future events.

A letter from a mom in Fukushima

dancing with volunteers
dancing with volunteers
Aug 20, 2014

Fukushima Kids Summer Camp 2014

Ready for tree climbing!
Ready for tree climbing!

This is the fouth summer after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

And our summer camping program is also fourth times.

About 370 kids of Fukushima joins our Fukushima Kids Summer Camp 2014.  There are 5 programs and 19 courses in this year.  The shortest one is 4 nights and 5 days, and the longest one is 27 nights and 28 days program.

Still now some kids are going on the program.  They spend times with friends, local people, and lots of volunteers.  They have lots of chance to climb trees, swim in the river, cook outside, catch fish, and so on.  They look so happy to do something outside, because they don't have enough time to do in Fukushima.  Still the nucler power pollution is undisolved.

These kids are so lucky to spend such wonderful times because of your big support from all over the world.

Thank you very much.

 

 

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Eating Japanese somen noodls
Eating Japanese somen noodls
Caught a trout!
Caught a trout!
Making dumplings
Making dumplings
May 22, 2014

Fukushima Kids Spring Camp 2014

smile!
smile!

198 kids enjoyed Fukushima Kids Spring Camp 2014.  61 kids went to Hokkaido, 31 kids went to Abukuma, 36 kids went to Hidatakayama, 40 kids went to Kyoto, 15 kids went to Hyogo, and 15 kids went to Nagasaki.  They had chance to see many people, do lots of activities, and encounter nature.

 

Fukushima Kids... The Road to Hope

Fukushima Kids Executive Committee

Tooru Shinshi, Committee Chairman

 

1. Announcing our 5-year Plan in 2011

What we honestly feel in our hearts right now is that we have done well to get this far in three years. We would like to thank each and every one of you reading this 2013 report for all your wonderful support. So far, over 3,200 children from Fukushima have participated in the Fukushima Kids project. In my heart I strongly feel that we have made progress, one step at a time, towards the full growth and development of these children.

 

2. The Executive Committee’s Resolution

The Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant explosion of March 12th, 2011 was an unimaginable incident. At that point, the local residents' ordinary lives were changed forever. When the disaster struck, I was running a small nature school in a sparsely populated area in the Abukuma Mountains, and I will never forget the tremendous fear we felt of the invisible radiation that was coming our way. This made me feel, "No matter what happens, we must never snatch away the smiles from our children's faces!" instilling in me a strong belief in the need to protect and help our children grow. By using the experience-based education network that I had built before the earthquake, we were able to form the Fukushima Kids Executive Committee. When we started this project, we were subject to slanderous claims, but our resolve did not falter.

We had to build systems for receiving donations, accepting children into our project, organizing modes of transport... there were tons of things that needed to be done.

The parents and guardians of Fukushima knew next to nothing about our private nature school, and some of them thought, "Is it safe for us to leave our kids with those strangers?" Therefore our first step was to work hard to assuage their concerns. The locations that needed our help were enveloped in an almost indescribable chaos. However, feeling that our actions would have great significance on the lives of others, we continued moving forward, constantly reflecting on our activities and making improvements to successfully complete our 9th initiative in 3 years.

 

3. The Growth of the Children and New Opportunities

The children who completed our initiatives became much stronger, kinder, and able to care for others. Parents and guardians were able to really feel how much their children had grown, which helped to gradually strengthen their trust in our executive committee. The locations we were able to help also came to include the whole of Hokkaido, primarily the areas of Onuma and Yubari. In addition, our cooperation network was also expanded to Gifu Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture, Kanagawa Prefecture, Kyoto, Hyogo Prefecture, Ehime Prefecture, Nagasaki Prefecture, and Kumamoto Prefecture. Although over time people who are far away have come to forget the situation in Fukushima, the areas we are helping have always been by our side.

At the beginning children join our projects passively, but then over time they gradually become more autonomous in their understanding that each one of them can be useful to others and bring them happiness. In the end they are able to act of their own accord to move towards the future. It makes us extremely happy to know that some of these children wish, "When I become an adult, I want to repay the favor to the people who helped me."

cherry blossom blooming
cherry blossom blooming
walking the biggest dune in Japan
walking the biggest dune in Japan
snow bed!
snow bed!

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