Thank you for your continued support and generous donations for our ongoing Projects interacting with children in Tokyo who cannot live with their parents.
As a direct result of your support, our registered volunteers were able to participate in a number of Programs supporting these Projects over the past three months. I would like to highlight two very memorable programs we held in December and in March: Cookie Decoration” and “HINAMATSURI (girls’ day).
At the “Cookie Decoration” Program we organized a special Christmas event for children living in Wakabaryo (a children’s home). Volunteers brought hand-baked cookies and the young residents got to decorate them with colored icing and toppings. Please see the pictures of the artistic cookies and the serious concentration of the participants! We had so much fun, and the residents were so excited to decorate the cookies that time flew by so we did not have enough time to gift wrap the cookies as Christmas presents. We were informed that after the Program, with the guidance of Wakabaryo staff, they wrapped the decorated cookies beautifully as gifts. And we were also informed that some of the older children (teens) who could not join the Program were delighted to receive a lot of yummy cookies as presents from little boys and girls.
HINAMATSURI (Girls' Day) is a special day in Japan celebrated each year on March 3. We organized a special “HINAMATSURI” Program on March 1 at Saiseikai Infant’s Home. Toddlers are brought to the Facility immediately from birth and when they become three years old, they are sent to children’s homes or other facilities depending upon a number of factors, including the child’s family situation. The request from the Facility was for the toddlers to have a fun experience with outside people so they can have fond memories before they leave for other homes. Two days before the event, 6 volunteers made a number of balloon art creations related to HINAMATSURI. On the day of the event, 13 volunteers worked together with Saiseikai staff to decorate the room with the balloon creations madeby HOT volunteers and then interacted with over thirty toddlers during the event. The volunteers also helped clearthe decorations and clean up at the conclusion of the event. We all had a really enjoyable great day. Unfortunately, due to privacy regulations at the Home to protect the residents, we are not allowed to take photos of the residents, but you can see the really great decorations that our volunteers worked to create.
Thank you for your continued support & generous donations towards our ongoing projects interacting with children in Tokyo.
With the help of your donations, we had a lot of activities during the past 3 months. I would like to share 3 projects we had on the “Day Of Service” * on October 20th. These projects are called “For the Earth”, “Mini Zoo” and “Fun with Kids”.
For “For the Earth” project we recycled first class hotel amenities (shampoo, conditioner and body gel) refilling them into PET bottles, and put hand-made labels made by kids from children’s homes for their use. 5 children’s homes joined with total 58 of kids with 49 volunteers at 3 locations. After the project, we received thank you letters from kids and one of them wrote that her hair had never felt better or smelled so nicely! Please see attached photos.
“Mini Zoo” project involved visually impaired kids who study English regularly at our English lesson classes to interact with small animals while conversing and practicing their English with our volunteers. 2 groups joined with total 27 of kids with 19 volunteers. We had great feedback from the children, such as their surprise at an animal called Chabo (Japanese bantam). They had never heard of Chabo or much less petted one. Using their sense of touch instead of sight, they were delighted to feel how soft and warm the small animals were. This project was so well received that we hope we can do this again, to provide such a wonderful experience to visually impaired children.
“Field Trip with Kids” project was an outing to the aquarium with children under 3 years old from the infant’s home. Infants living in this facility are brought in immediately after birth for various reasons and when they become3 years old, are sent to children’s homes or other places if parents cannot live with them. The request from the facility was for the toddlers to have a fun outing so they can have fond memories before they leave for other homes. We (17 infants and 13 volunteers) all had a really enjoyable great day at the aquarium.
*Day of Service (DOS) is held every year with the aim of getting as many volunteers as possible to participate in various volunteer activities.
Thank you everyone again for your generous donations towards our ongoing projects held in Tokyo.
With the help of your donations, we were able to organize various events for children ages 2-18 living in Children's Homes. Many of these childen cannot live with their parents for various reasons such as abuse and or parental neglect.
We try our best to come up with events that are fun fun fun for these children who require much love and care. Especially, the small children look forward to our activities and interacting with the volunteers during our once a month project and they get very disappointed when the project has to be cancelled due to the spread of infectious disease.
In July, elementary school children made bracelets, necklaces and rings out of beads while the youngsters intently absorbed themselves with Dupro (lego) and Plarail toy trains which we brought to them.
For the month of August, we planned for the first time to hold a Mini Ennichi (Ennichi is a traditional community fair where many different food and game stalls come together) in their facility playground but was unfortunately cancelled due to the heavy rain. The facility offered us to use their bath tub for the three types of scooping games which we planned for the infants that day. Volunteers and the children also enjoyed palying Bingo together competing for the prizes which bought for this occasion. It was our first attempt to plan a Mini Ennichi where toys for the games and gifts for the Bingo games was provided but despite the bad weather, the children seemed to really enjoy the project which was different from usual.
In September, they made balloons and also enjoyed blowing bubbles in their outside playground.
Please have a look at the wonderful pictures from the projects!
Today, I would like to introduce to you one of our popular projects - the Balloon Art project at Saiseikai Infant's Home. Since 2010, we have involved over hundreds of volunteers in this project to help prepare for monthly Birthday events and also occasional holiday events for the 30 infants (ages 0-3) living in this facility.
We welcome all ages, gender and nationality to volunteer at this project as long as interested volunteers have participated in our balloon art seminar at least once before. At this balloon art seminar, a volunteer leader, whose balloon making skills is hardly amateur level teaches volunteers how to make decorations out of balloons. In the past, volunteers created various animals, crabs, bees, caterpillars, ducks, Santa Claus, space shuttles, New Year's and doll festival ornaments and the list continues. Please click HERE for the slideshow of the actual decorations made at each project.
By organizing these events and involving many volunteers, Hands On Tokyo tries to meet the pressing need for affection and interaction for the infants living in the facility.
We organized two birthday preparation events and a Children's Day (May 5th) event in April and in May. The donations we received from yourselves through this global giving site was used to buy art balloons for these projects. Please have a look at the wonderful pictures taken at the projects!
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