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Oct 16, 2018

Summer to be remembered

Exciting  summer full of children!
Exciting summer full of children!

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our fourth summer.  Over one hundred children visited our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.

It has been over seven and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes are almost finished, and more locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  Ten meter sea wall has constructed, covering the bay of Ogatsu.

MORIUMIUS was ranked third in Nikkei's national ranking of renovated abandoned schoold in Japan!  Nikkei is one of the largest newspaper pubilisher in Japan, focused on economy like Wall Street Journal of US.

We are continuing to work closely with local elementary school to visit monthly to learn about sustainability as well as their hometown.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.  We also started to provide after school program for junior high school students from September.

Artist at MORIUMIUS project has been very active this past summer, receving three artist from US and from Brazil.  They have provided so many creative moments for children but also for the local community.  Now MORIUMIUS is filled with art, becoming to be an art museum!

Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant “Gordon Ramsey" in UK, and former champion of World Pasta Championship.  His special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.

Past weekend was a very special weekend at MORIUMIUS.  As fall approaches, our 7th annual sporting event was organized with the local community.  More than one hundred locals as well as families and corporate guests gathered to organize one big event focused on sports.  Many physical activities even for older generation was held.  MORIUMIUS was filled with so many smiles!

Warm regards,
Giant sea wall covering the bay of Ogatsu
Giant sea wall covering the bay of Ogatsu
Chef providing opportunities for children
Chef providing opportunities for children
Local elementary school students in art program
Local elementary school students in art program
Seventh annual sport event
Seventh annual sport event
Locals gathered to participate
Locals gathered to participate

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Aug 7, 2018

Finding children to invite

Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support!  On July 18, MORIUMIUS turned three years!  After opening its door to children in 2015, we have been receiving over 4,500 children and adults, providing sustainable learning experiences to children and to revitalize community once devastated from the massive tsunami in 2011.  The abandoned school closed in 2002, became one of the symbols of the community.  Many residents who have decided to stay are feeling joy seeing and interacting with visiting children.  We are also contributing to the community through hiring local staff as well as purchase local produce.

We have been working with local partners in Kumamoto, to invite children for this year's tour on October 6 through 8.  Third consecutive year, we are going to invite children from Kumamoto.  Starting in July, we have reaching out to children in Kumamoto.  Three day holiday weekend will be focused on food, working with local fisherman and farmers, as well as to work with chef to cook professional dishes using local ingredients.  

In spring break, we invited children from foster homes for our one week program.  Twenty children were here from Tokyo and Fukushima.  For most children, it was the first time to stay outside of their homes.  They seemed nervous in the beginning, but started to enjoy the environment specially taking care of animals.  Children seemed not use to cooking their own meals, washing dishes, and laundry.  Not only it was a great opportunity to be away from their homes, but also taking care of their own daily life was very important experience for them.  As more natural disaster struck Western Japan and people suffering, we hope to become a place for children in difficult conditions learning from other disaster area and the people living positively.

Recently, MORIUMIUS was ranked third in one of the largest newspaper in Japan as renovated school in nation.  This came out as surprise, but judges of this award gave very nice comments like small fishing village determined to receive children of future for creating their own future.  

Next report will be on the tour.  I will deliver the excitment children had here at MORIUMIUS!

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Jul 17, 2018

MORIUMIUS third anniversary!

Celebrating third anniversary
Celebrating third anniversary

Dear supporters,

 

Thank you for your continuous support!  On July 18, MORIUMIUS turned three years!  After opening its door to children in 2015, we have been receiving over 4,500 children and adults, providing sustainable learning experiences to children and to revitalize community once devastated from the massive tsunami in 2011.  The abandoned school closed in 2002, became a symbol of the community.  Many residents who have decided to stay are feeling joy seeing and interacting with children visiting.  We are also contributing to the community through hiring local staff as well as purchase local produce.

Local Ogatsu elementary school has been working closely with MORIUMIUS organizing a class at MORIUMIUS every month.  Children number has decreased dramatically since the disaster, now only twenty-one children attending school.  Although very few, it is easy to organize a program in the nature of Ogatsu.  In the forest, farmland, and ocean, interacting with local people, children are learning how to live sustainably as well as gain proud to the environment they live in.  In March, children had a chance to present their learning to university students visiting from Hong Kong.  Despite the fact that they were nervous, they became very proud and learned the importance of sending messages out after the presentation. 

In spring break, we invited children from foster homes for our one week program.  Twenty children were here from Tokyo and Fukushima.  For most children, it was the first time to stay outside of their homes.  They seemed nervous in the beginning, but started to enjoy the environment specially taking care of animals.  Children seemed not use to cooking their own meals, washing dishes, and laundry.  Not only it was a great opportunity to be away from their homes, but also taking care of their own daily life was very important experience for them.

Recently, MORIUMIUS was ranked third in one of the largest newspaper in Japan as renovated school in nation.  This came out as surprise, but judges of this award gave very nice comments like small fishing village determined to receive children of future for creating their own future.  

We have been busy getting ready for another exciting summer.  We are going to organize five one week program.  Children from all over the world, as well as intern students and artist are going to gather from July 21.  Going into fourth year, continuing to provide learning opportunities to children, to revitalize community of Ogatsu is going to continue.

Because of you, we have gained another important chapter in history of MORIUMIUS.  Thank you, your support is always an energy to move forward.  Looking forward to another exciting year and your continuous support. 

 

 

Cutting big tuna for anniversary dinner
Cutting big tuna for anniversary dinner
Working with local farmer to find potatoes
Working with local farmer to find potatoes
Local student presentation to Univ. of Hong Kong
Local student presentation to Univ. of Hong Kong
Planting rice in organic rice field
Planting rice in organic rice field

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