Yuka and Marie are volunteers at the social farm in Yamato, Miyagi with Fair Trade Tohoku. This week they helped out JISP (Japan IsraAid Support Program) with the storytelling project it administers for Global Giving.
Yuka is from Ishinomaki and Marie is from Sendai. Both cities experienced a great deal of devastation in the tsunami of 3/11. Marie just moved from Sendai to Ishinomaki with her husband, whom she recently married. They now live with his parents there, which is a common custom in Japan for the eldest son. They are both training to work for an elementary school with young kids. However, they also enjoy very much working with the elderly people at the farm.
They did a great job of helping to explain what the elderly participants were saying. The elderly people in Tohoku speak in a very difficult dialect called Zuzuben that many young Japanese have difficulty understanding. Yuka and Marie are now training in the Fair Trade Tohoku office.
The Global Giving storytelling project administered by JISP-IsraAid was very important to allow these local volunteers a chance to share their stories and the stories of the elderly people they assist.
Comment: I am thankful for JISP for coming to the social farm and giving us these cute pens. Kawaii J (Cute in Japanese)
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