Jun 5, 2017

New School Year Begins

Sendai YMCA College Students
Sendai YMCA College Students

New School Year Beings with Four New First Year Students and Returning Second Year Student

In our last report Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, told us the school is undergoing renovations and that they were expecting to have two new Taylor scholarship students for the upcoming school year.  The school year began again in April.   We are happy to report that we have four new Taylor scholarship students!  We welcome Riku, Akino, Chiho and Yuka to begin their studies and practices in hotel and pastry school.  Kato-san tells us they are working hard to learn English.

 All of the students need scholarships to attend the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School because of hardships caused by the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.  The YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly.  Please watch the videos that each student made to tell us of their hopes and dreams: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRB3N-E2MCkdLN2qsvyFxB5G4u9P5XUXi.  We thank you for watching!

GlobalGiving Rewards Bonus Day - July 12th

The annual GG Rewards Bonus Day is on July 12th and donations will be matched up to 50% from $110,000 in matching funds!  Please mark your calendars if your able to help this year!

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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May 31, 2017

New Taylor Bunko's, Kid's Soccer, Other Activities & 7/12 Match Opportunity!

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School
TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer Season Starts Again!

This is our third season of the Cobaltore Onagawa Soccer Club teaching soccer to children at kindergartens and day care centers.  We expect to teach over 1,000 children again this year!  The two soccer coaches have taught each year and their passion for the sport fills the children with great experiences teaching teamwork and skills.    The joy is fun to behold in the video link below!

Taylor Micro Library by Kids Media Station.

Ishinomaki Hibi is a local Ishinomaki newspaper.  The Ishinomaki Hibi Kids Newspaper project takes place at the Ishinomaki Newsee created after the disaster to share Ishinomaki history including  the original handwritten newspapers that were posted on the newspaper office window each day before power was restored.  Young journalists create their own book shelves and bring their favorite books to share. They enjoy reading and talking about books together. 

Ishinomaki High School Taylor Bunko

Our Eleventh Taylor Anderson Reading Corner (Bunko) was recently built and installed by Mr. Shinichi Endo at Ishinomaki High School. This was made possible by the generosity of Joseph Krakora and Abigayle James who wrote and illustrated the book "Yuki's Journey" and donated profits to TAMF with the help of the Japan America Society of Washington DC. Arigatou Goazimasu to all!  Mr. Endo is pictured with the Ishinomaki HS principal. A Book certificate was also given to the Ishinomaki HS principal to purchase books of their choice!

Kokoro Smile Project Children's Mental Care Center opening and Japan America Society Southern California (JASSC) Visit

A Japan America Society Southern California (JASSC) delegation led by President Doug Erber visited Ishinomaki to tour the devastated area in Oshika peninsula, visited with The Endo's at Team Watahoi volunteer center,  joined the opening ceremony of the Kokoro Smile Project Children's Mental Care Center and attended a presentation at the Ishinomaki Senshu University Taylor Bunko.  Mr. Shinichi Endo is co-director of the center with Ms. Shimura of Kokoro Smile Project which is supported by TAMF for those children.  JASSC are generous supporters of TAMF and they continue to give the best gift of all by visiting the wonderful people of Ishinomaki and sharing their friendship and support.  

Randolph-Macon College Blue Carp Project (Koinobori)

Taylor’s alma mater Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) and Ishinomaki Senshu University have an ongoing exchange project supported by TAMF with the help of the US Japan Council’s TOMODACHI program.  R-MC also has January term courses in Japan including visits to Ishinomaki.  R-MC’s Japanese Koinobori “Blue Carp Project” event was a joyous celebration that provided R-MC students, faculty, and staff with opportunities to make blue carp streamers, origami, and much more! The event was held in conjunction with Japanese Children’s Day to support families in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.  Please enjoy the video of the event!

GG Rewards Bonus Day - Help with Summer Homestay Program!

The annual GG Rewards Bonus Day is on July 12th and donations will be matched up to 50% from $110,000 in matching funds!  The timing is perfect as we plan for our High School Homestay Program this summer when Ishinomaki HS students will visit the U.S!  Please mark your calendars if you're able to help this year!

Thank You!  - We can't thank you enough for the donations you have made and will continue to report progress on these projects which could not happen without your generous support.

TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School Season Starts!
TAMF Cobaltore Soccer School Season Starts!
Taylor Micro Library Project
Taylor Micro Library Project
Ishinomaki HS Taylor Bunko - Endo-san & Principal
Ishinomaki HS Taylor Bunko - Endo-san & Principal
Kokoro Smile Mental Care Center Opening Article
Kokoro Smile Mental Care Center Opening Article
ISU Taylor Bunko Presentation to JASSC Delegation
ISU Taylor Bunko Presentation to JASSC Delegation

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Mar 6, 2017

Congratulations to Our Two Graduates and Advancing Second Year Student

Ayaka and Ikumi (first two on left in front row)
Ayaka and Ikumi (first two on left in front row)

It is the end of the school year and we say Omedeto Gozaimasu (congratulations) to Ayaka and Ikumi who will be graduating on March 9th  and to Fuka who will start her second year of school.

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, has sent us videos from Ayaka, Ikumi and Fuka who tell us of their future plans and dreams.   We thank Kato-san for adding the English subtitles to the videos. 

Video from Ayaka – graduating patissiere student from Ishinomaki who lost her mother in the tsunami and now will go on to university to study psychology. She tells us ”I will study very hard as a university student to get my dream.”

Video from Ikumi – graduating patissiere student from Ishinomaki who will move to Kanagawa to start her new job tells us: “I am sad to graduate school.  Even so I am going ahead to my dream.”

Video from Fuka - first year hotel student from Watari who will start her second year of training explains: “My dream is to work in the bridal business…I will study and work much harder than before to get a job.  Thanks to you, I can study what I want like this.”

Kato-san tells us the school is undergoing renovations and that they expect to have two new Taylor scholarship students for the upcoming school year.  We look forward to introducing them in our next report.

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!

Soon to be Graduates Ayaka and Ikumi
Soon to be Graduates Ayaka and Ikumi
Fuka - wedding planner to be
Fuka - wedding planner to be

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