Dear Supporters of Kirarin Kids
Please excuse my delay in sending my report on the Kirarin Kids to GlobalGiving, since the Typhoon 18 which brought quite heavy rain and land slides on September 16, 2013, prevented me taking a trip there. It was too risky for me to travel and I might have been stranded in a train.
Kirarin Kids is really an amazing organization. Its staff is constantly making forward-looking moves as usual. They have now submitted documents needed for turning their organization to be recognized as an NPO, which makes them hopefully easier to secure their financial sources in the future. We will know within two months whether the status will be granted to them.
They are conducting regular children-mothers supporting sessions as they have been conducting in the past. In almost every month, they have a yoga session for both children and parents, an aroma session for mothers, music concerts, birthday parties and events, mobile toy library activities, mothers’ counseling sessions, childcare lessons supported by the UNICEF, local-food cooking sessions, baby massages, fathers’ day event, nobody perfect lectures for mothers, refreshing with a balanced ball, etc. They also have seasonable events, such as a Halloween party, evening events with bon dancing, etc. One program which is not working well is one for fathers to come to play with children. Although a session is scheduled once every month, Kirarin Kids is debating whether they should continue to offer the program, since nobody attends the session. One new program is to have a bus tour to the Tohoku New Zealand Village. It was surprising to find that children are not used to ride a bus in a collective way, since their life is more based on a family car. They added some interesting events. They are also planning to offer a lunch time coffee once a month, a bazar for exchanging used goods, and dispatched childcare experts to temporary housing areas.
With donations coming from the GlobalGiving, the Kirarin Kids started offering IT lessons for mothers starting from Sept. 30, 2013 and meeting five times. The purpose was to provide some opportunities for mothers to lean the basic of the IT operations, so that they may find some job opportunities in the future. Another type of training session is to provide English lessons for both children and mothers, so that they can be exposed to international environments. Such an early start of English for children may also trigger their future interest in learning English.
The Kirarin Kids is highly active, trying to satisfy the needs of mothers and children in Rikuzen Takata. Despite these achievements, the future for them is not certain, greatly due to increased competition caused by the nursing school. The key difference is that Kirarin Kids try to promote good and natural environments to build relations between parents and children, while a nursing school rather simply functions to take care of children while mothers are out working. Kirarin Kids seems to be promoting highly important values in the community, while mothers are showing a preference to work by leaving children at a day-care center. Your donation to support the Kirarin Kids means not only to support efforts to create good community environments for nurturing children for the future, but also to support Kirarin Kids’ belief that happy and warm parents-children relations, as it was a tradition in the Tohoku area, are indispensable to nurture the good future of children. Your support for this belief is very much appreciated, since they have a long way to go for building a nice environment.
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