Jul 6, 2021

Two New Taylor Bunkos Dedicated, Ten Year Commemorative TAMF Book and Airbnb grant

Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko Dedication
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko Dedication

Dedication of Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko -

TAMF Board Members Ambassador and Mrs. Fujisaki and Mr. and Mrs. Takanarita dedicated the 21st Taylor Anderson Reading Corner at Onagawa Elementary and Middle Schools which was reported by NHK Sendai. You can hear Endo-san, Fujisaki-san and a student in this story. Thank you to the Fujiskai's and Takanarita's for going to Ishinomaki for this dedication and to Endo-san for crafting another beautiful Taylor Bunko! Arigato Gozaimasu!  In addition to the bookshelves, book coupons were given so the school may choose books for the Bunko.  If you’d like to see the NHK Sendai story it can be downloaded from Icloud at https://share.icloud.com/photos/0DZYwNbbP8uKk6rkdpyDV1rSQ.

Dedication of Ohara ES Taylor Bunko -

TAMF Board Members Mr. and Mrs. Fujisaki and Mr. and Mrs. Takanarita dedicated the 22nd Taylor Anderson Reading Corner built by Mr. Endo at Ohara Elementary School in Ishinomaki. Endo-san once again used his creativity to build a unique set of bookshelves tailored to Ohara Elementary School's needs. Two new books were included in the bunko which will be given to the other 21 bunkos as well. "Live Your Dream" contains essays from those involved in TAMF activities over the last ten years. The "Taylor Anderson Story" is a Japanese-English picture book written by Taylor’s mother and translated by a Taylor’s friend, Chiba-san telling the story of Taylor's life so students will learn about why they have a Taylor Bunko in their school.  Arigato Gozaimasu to all involved! The school blog documented the new Taylor Bunko in the link below.  As always, book coupons were part of the donation so that Ohara ES may choose books for the Bunko.

Thank you to Ishinomaki Mayor Kameyama

Mayor Kameyama has been the mayor of Ishinomaki these many years since the disaster.  The Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun on March 25th printed the article that Ambassador and Mrs. Fujisaki of TAMF visited Mayor Kameyama and gifted two books "Live Your Dream" written by TAMF and "The Taylor Anderson Story" by Jeanne Anderson. They met the mayor on March 8th after the presentation ceremony of Taylor Bunko to Ohara Elementary School in Ishinomaki.  

Ten Year TAMF Commemorative Book “Live Your Dream” Published

Japan Forward wrote  about the activities of TAMF and our newly published ten year commemorative book, "Live Your Dream".  

Thank you to NHK World for remembering Taylor and fellow Jet Monty Dickson in the link below. It includes the story of Taylor's student and TAMF 2019 high school exchange chaperone Takahashi-san and one of the high school students from the 2019 exchange, Hirayama-san. It's part of their ten years ten stories series which is so well done.

TAMF support of Ishinomaki Young Student Journalists

An article about TAMF support of Ishinomaki kid journalists in Japan Forward.   Thank you Arielle Busetto for traveling to Ishinomaki and reporting about their newspaper.

Japan Forward Ishinomaki Children Journalists

 Also, Congratulations to the young journalists for winning the Yoshikawa Prize!

https://www.kodansha.co.jp/.../20210302_YoshikawaPrize.pdf

Kokoro Smile Recognized for Helping Children affected by the Disaster

Japan Forward also wrote about Kokoro Smile, an organization that TAMF has supported that helps children regain their smile!

https://japan-forward.com/how-one-npo-brings-back-smiles-for-kids-who-survived-the-3-11-earthquake-and-tsunami/

 

GlobalGiving AirBNB Community Fund Grant

We were honored to hear from GlobalGiving that TAMF is receiving a grant from the GlobalGiving #AirbnbCommunityFund. Thank you to Airbnb and the Airbnb Host community for supporting important community-led organizations.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons!  Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Ohara ES Taylor Bunko  Dedication
Ohara ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Ishinomaki Shinbun Live Your Dream Book Article
Ishinomaki Shinbun Live Your Dream Book Article
Ishinomaki  Hibi Shimbun Article
Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun Article
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko bookshelves
Onagawa ES and MS Taylor Bunko bookshelves

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Jul 5, 2021

Message from Students as School Year Ends and New One Begins

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School,  shares a message from six Taylor Scholarship students from late March who speak of their experiences as their school year begins.

This year we have 20 students receiving the Taylor Scholarship to be used in both the Hotel and Confectionary studies.  The addition of international students to the school help the local students supported by the scholarships to learn English and other languages and cultures from their peers.

Many of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of economic hardships, some caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and lately because of the pandemic they lost the chance to work after school.  The Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly. 

Thank you for the support you have given these students.  It is your help which makes it possible for them to pursue their chosen careers.

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Mar 8, 2021

3.11 Ten Year Events and Donations Matched by GlobalGiving

Footprints and Footsteps
Footprints and Footsteps

As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami it is a time to reflect and thanks to GlobalGiving, a time to continue our mission with the help of matching donations.

Footprints and Footsteps 3.11 and the Future of Tohoku - March 5-11

This is an online event to look back at the events of March 11, 2011, and efforts to recover and rebuild in the 10 years since. Featuring a number of documentaries focusing on those affected by the disasters arising out of the events of that day, both Japanese and non-Japanese, especially JET Program participants and alumni, we will look back from this ten-year mark to remember what happened, and look at today and tomorrow to get a sense of what has been accomplished and what the future holds.

We are also collecting messages and memories on our Facebook page. We will keep you updated with the latest information about the film screening event.

Host : Japan Local Government Center, NY (CLAIR, NY) / 

 

Producer : Regge Life, Director of LIVE YOUR DREAM

Organizer: “Footprints and Footsteps 3.11 and the future of Tohoku” Organizing Committee

  • Regge Life, Director of LIVE YOUR DREAM
  • Japan Local Government Center, NY
  • Etsuko Yashiro, President of Japan Festival Boston
  • Rose Tanasugarn, JETAA International (Japan Country Representative)

GlobalGiving Little by Little Campaign

The March 2021 Little by Little Campaign is a five-day crowdfunding campaign taking place from March 8-12. All eligible donations up to $50 per unique donor per organization will be matched at 50% during the campaign, and funds will not run out!

GlobalGiving’s March 2021 Little by Little campaign will last 5 days, from March 8, 2021 at 00:00:00 EST to March 12, 2021 at 23:59:59 EST.

Your donation will help our “Helping Students, Families and Schools Recover” project to continue our programs with Ishinomaki schools and exchange programs.

Monthly Giving Match

GlobalGiving’s 100% Monthly Match is also available for all of 2021. New monthly donations set up during the March 2021 Little by Little campaign will be eligible for both the immediate match, and the one-time 100% match (up to $200) to be received after four monthly payments.

To give from March 8, 2021 at 00:00:00 EST to March 12, 2021 at 23:59:59 EST please go to www.globalgiving.org/projects/help-students-families-and-schools-recover.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons!  Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Schedule
Schedule
Little by Little Matching Campaign
Little by Little Matching Campaign
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Monthly Match Graphic

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