Fukushima Kids SummerCamp 2012– Report Date: 2012/7/23 (Mon) to 8/23 (Thurs)
Accepted regions: Hokkaido, Fukushima, Ehime Total number of participants: 518
Summary of Activities
Vice Chairperson Hirohiko Yoshida
The "Fukushima Kids" activities were started in the summer of 2011 in response to the Fukushima nuclear accident which will surely be remembered in world history. It is intended for the children of Fukushima during the long school holiday period. It also accepts kids from Hokkaido, where there are also concerns about radiation. Since then activities have been held in the winter of 2011 and the spring of 2012, and on this occasion the 2nd summer event was celebrated.
This summer we responded to the requests of children to be able to "Swim safely" not only in Hokkaido by holdingactivities at the Seto Inland Sea in Ehime. We also listened to the concerns of parents and guardians about their "worries of sending their kids far away" by offering a program in Fukushima Prefecture which allowed them tochoose activities in their home prefecture.
Our call for donations was met for the second consecutive year by a large donation from the Japan Society, as well as large amounts of financial support from other international organs such as GlobalGiving. Thanks to this support the activities were able to be confirmed. Upon receiving this we determined the number of children we could receive, and held briefing meetings to participants in the four districts of Fukushima (Fukushima, Koriyama, Iwaki, Soma) in July. Just like the previous year, wegathered a total of 520 participants.
On July 23 the first group of children set off for Hokkaido and by the start of August a total of 400 children in the other groups arrived in Onuma. From there they traveled all around Hokkaido. After that activities in Samegawa Village, Fukushima, and Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, began, and on August 23 the final group of children returned from Hokkaido back to Fukushima. This bought the end to the 2012 Fukushima Kids Summer Camp.
Fukushima Message: A letter from a child
I like Fukushima but....
Since the Fukushima nuclear accident I have been unable to enjoy my favorite past time of playing outside. Now it is only during the Fukushima Kids activities that I am able to play happily outside as much as I like.
The word "radioactivity" was one which was used only by adults before the accident but is now commonly used even among us children. There are now concerns about entering the pool, and because the radiation levels are high atthe top of the drainage ditch I am also unable to run around there. PE takes place almost entirely in the gym. My current biggest concern is whether or not we will be able to hold sports day on the school playing field. Just like lastyear, this year we were disappointed that the sports day was held in the gym without any relay races. There are various worries, and my mother and father have said: "Shall we take refuge in another prefecture?"
To which I immediately reply "No."
This is because I love Fukushima. It is because I love the grapes, peaches, and nature of Fukushima.
I am thankful for the support of so many people which has enabled me to participate in Fukushima Kids 3 times. I would like to convey my gratitude to those who planned various fun activities, the staff who took care of me, the students who played with me, and the kindness of the local people during the time I participated in Fukushima Kids.
Fukushima KidsExecutive Committee
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