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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May 8, 2018

Invitation tour date set for October!

Cherry blossom!
Cherry blossom!

Thank you always for your support to provide opportunities for children in Kumamoto. 

Spring is finally here!  Cherry trees in MORIUMIUS have bloomed beautifully.  Birds are back in forest providing soothing sounds everyday. 

Some of the highlights we had was collaboration with local elementary school to make miso as well as to provide presentation opportunity about their town to international visitors.  Miso is only made in winter when bacteria is not active and easy to control.  Presentation was made to students from University of Hong Kong.  Both opportunity gave students realized the rich resources their hometown has, and gain proud to be children of Ogatsu. 

We now have date set to invite children from Kumamoto.  We are going to invite children from October 6 through 8.   This is the three day holiday in Japan.  As we have started to invite children from Kumamoto back in 2015, this invitatin tour has been annual occatin for us.  We feel that it is important to be away from Kumamoto, comapre and think about their lives from other location.  Also, children can feel and learn from Ogatsu, a town devastated by tsunami in 2011 and still in a process of recovering. 

MORIUMIUS is a place to provide sustainable learning opportunities for children.  Children including ones that are living in difficult conditions, inviting children from Kumamoto is certainly a special occation for us.  We are working with local partners to spread word and plan for the tour in October.

I will keep you updated for the tour.  Thank you again for your support, without it the opportunity will not be created.

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Miso making by local children
Miso making by local children
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
Presentation of Ogatsu to University of Hong Kong
 
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