Happy new year! We are very thankful for your continuous support in 2016. Last year was another special year for us, going into second year in operation receiving more children locally as well as internationally. Over one thousand children have gathered to MORIUMIUS. Once an abandoned school is full of energy. Locals are starting to feel that their community once damaged by tsunami is been revitalized.
Local develepment is still slow. Permanent homes are almost completed, and locals are starting to coming back to their hometown. Local elementary school is under construction, and is planned to be opened in July 2017.
It was the season for rice rice harvest of rice. Children participated in cutting rice plant out from the rice field in front of MORIUMIUS. It was easy to cut, but difficult to dry. Many of them have finally realized how the rice they eat everyday have grown and produced. This rice field was build to recycle waste water from the facility in order to reuse and create natural lives. It is one of the system to feel sustainability.
One of the highlight for fall/ winter season is to invite local children who's family members were victimized. Working with NPOs supporting those children, children seemed very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.
Also in October, we have organized to invite children from Kumamoto Prefecture, southern part of Japan where massive earthquake struck in April. Fifteen children who have lost their homes visited us to join our annual sporting event. Sporting event is a seasonal event where many locals gather to participate various sport programs together. Many children as well as volunteers joins this occation. Children from Kumamoto enjoyed the event, they seemed happy to be away from the disaster area since aftershock has still been happening. We are trying to create another opportunity for these children to be invited. We have created a project page in Global Giving to raise fund for invitation tour.
Thank you again for your support. Without it, we would not be able to provide unique learning opportunities as well as interaction to local communities. I hope to grow and continue this great venture so that the community will revitalize through education.
Cutting rice plant from rice field
Drying in an natural way
Highlight of the sporting event
Kumamoto children perform dance from their region
Children and locals get together