Mar 10, 2016

2016 Projects & Donations 50% Matched on 3/11 JST

Fukushima and Ishinomaki students Sports Onigokko
Fukushima and Ishinomaki students Sports Onigokko

Fukushima and Ishinomaki Children Visit Oshika Peninsula for Sports Onigokko Tag

The 1st Sports Onigokko tag Taylor Anderson Cup competition was held in Oshika Peninsula with kids from Ishinomaki and Fukushima. 28 kids from Haramachi elementary in Minami Soma, Fukushima now live separately due to the nuclear power plant radiation accidents. They enjoyed uniting together in clean air Oshika, which is the closest location to the 2011 earthquake epicenter.
The contest was held at Ohara elementary which has only 21 students in total from the 1st to 6th grade. Some kids lost their families including a mother because of tsunami. Those hardship experienced children enjoyed playing Onigokko tag on the same team with three English Assistant Language Teachers from Ishinomaki. The winners received wood tsunami straps made by Endo-san, the builder of the Taylor Bunko bookshelves.

Ishinomaki Junior Jazz Orchestra attends the Sendai Self Defense Force Concert

Ishinomaki Junior Jazz Orchestra children were invited to the Self Defense Force concert in Sendai. They enjoyed the great and enthusiastic music and were able to meet and pose for a picture with the orchestra after the concert.

2016 Projects

We are excited to continue many of the projects that we had in 2015 and add new ones as well.  We have three reading groups that will continue to read to children, “Soyokaze” at Mangokuura Elementary School, “Watage” at Watanoha Elementary School and “E-Kids” at the Ishinomaki Community Center (www.facebook.com/taylorreadersproject).  Usually mothers and volunteers read to the students in English and Japanese, but recently 5th graders at Mangokuura E.S read to 2nd graders.

We plan to have the return exchange of Richmond high school students to Ishinomaki during the Kawabiraki Festival this summer.  We will also have the second year of the TOMODACHI Randolph Macon College –Ishinomaki Senshu University Research Exchange where students and faculty will research and visit each other’s school over a ten week period this summer. 

We will again provide soccer classes to Ishinomaki kindergartners by Cobaltore soccer school, support Big Up Ishinomaki community center and activities, support Kodopany’ neighborhood park and children’s activities, Kokoro Smile’s work with children affected by the disaster and Sports Onigokko tag. 

We look forward to reporting our progress with these and other new projects during the year which could not happen without your support!  Thank you!

Donations 50% Matched by GlobalGiving Starting March 11th Japan Time

Have your donation 50% matched starting at midnight Japan time on March 11, 2016 (March 10th at 10am EST / 7am PST), Please take advantage of this opportunity to help us to continue to support students affected by the disaster with Taylor Scholarships.

TAMF Earned Global Giving Top-Ranked Organization Status

TAMF has earned GlobalGiving's Top-Ranked organization status and is in the top 10% of the nearly 20,000 organzations that partner with GlobalGiving.  We thank Global Givng for their support and are proud of this designation as a trusted Global Giving Partner and supporter of Tohoku recovery.

TAMF's Mihoko Terada awarding Endo-san's straps
TAMF's Mihoko Terada awarding Endo-san's straps
Fukushima & Ishinomaki students play Onigokko Tag
Fukushima & Ishinomaki students play Onigokko Tag
Ishinomaki Junior Jazz Orchestra at SDF Concert
Ishinomaki Junior Jazz Orchestra at SDF Concert
Mangokuura ES 5th Graders read books to 2nd Grade
Mangokuura ES 5th Graders read books to 2nd Grade
2015 Global Giving Top-Ranked Organization
2015 Global Giving Top-Ranked Organization

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Mar 8, 2016

New Graduates & Donations 50% Matched on 3/11 JST

Pastry Class with Ayaka and Ikumi
Pastry Class with Ayaka and Ikumi

We have received messages from the two students who are about to graduate and the two students who will continue their studies next year.  One of the first year students traveled to Milan, Florence, Venice and Rome as part of her training in January. . All of the scholarship students study English so all of the messages are in English.  The Sendai YMCA President shared that the school recently held their annual mock wedding ceremony (pictures are on the Facebook link below) and their graduation ceremony is March 10th.  We wish the graduates a great start to their carreers and the second year students continued success in their studies!  

Please view and enjoy the messages from the students.  Your donations are why they are able to give them and it has made such a big difference in their lives!

Link to the four student video messages https://goo.gl/photos/rmsMjmMHncDYSHwg9

Message from Ayaka - hear about her trip to Italy to learn confectionarly skills and culture (upper left video)

Message from Yushi - graduating March 10th and starting his hotel career (upper right video)

Message from Ikumi - hear about her completing her first year and starting her second year with a good idea of what she'd like to do after she graduates next year (lower left video

Message from Kyoko - graduating March 10th and starting her career at the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (lower right video)

Donations 50% Matched by GlobalGiving Starting March 11th Japan Time

Have your donation 50% matched starting at midnight Japan time on March 11, 2016 (March 10th at 10am EST / 7am PST), Please take advantage of this opportunity to help us to continue to support students affected by the disaster with Taylor Scholarships.

TAMF Earned Global Giving Top-Ranked Organization Status

TAMF has earned GlobalGiving's Top-Ranked organization status and is in the top 10% of the nearly 20,000 organzations that partner with GlobalGiving.  We thank Global Givng for their support and are proud of this designation as a trusted Global Giving Partner and supporter of Tohoku recovery.

Ayaka with Instructor
Ayaka with Instructor
Italy Trip
Italy Trip
Cafe in Italy with Tour Guide
Cafe in Italy with Tour Guide
Visiting Italian Art Museum
Visiting Italian Art Museum
2015 Top Ranked Organization
2015 Top Ranked Organization

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Dec 18, 2015

Taylor Bunko Activities, Exchange and More...

"Never Give Up Taylor Choir" performing in NYC
"Never Give Up Taylor Choir" performing in NYC

We had a very active fall with Taylor Reading Groups, Sports Onigokko Team Sponsorship, Cobaltore Soccer Club lessons at Ishinomaki Kindergartens, an Ishinomaki choir in NYC, Junior High School English Speech Contest Award,   the Randolph Macon College -  Ishinomaki Senshu University TOMODACHI Research Exchange Program wrap-up, BigUP Ishinomaki community center activities, Kodopany playground, Steve Gardner's Giving Tree Workshop and performances, Kokoro Smile project, Ishinomaki Nishi High School emergency preparedness workshop with elementary school children and English Cafe for teenagers. Jean and I were able to visit many of the activities in ishinomaki after our 11/11/15 Tokyo board meeting to review 2016 programs.  We were fortunate to have Doug Erber, President of the Japan America Society of Southern CA, accompany us to Ishinomaki.  Please visit our Facebook and web pages to see the many activity posts!

Ishinomaki Choir performs in NYC 911 Circle Wind Charity Concert -

This exchange initiative helped sponsor the "Never Give Up Taylor Choir" to travel to NYC to perform at the Japan Choral Harmony's eighth annual 911 Circle Wind Concert.  The newly formed Choir from Ishinomaki/Higashi-Matsushima performed an original musical “100 Ways of Saying Thank You” at the Concert with great appreciation to American people for their support to recover from the 2011 devastation. The Choir consists of about 50 local residents, including several students who were taught English by TaylorDuring the Concert, one of the students read a letter expressing her sincere appreciation to Taylor’s hard  work and great efforts for the improvement of their English conversation..  

Ishinomaki Nishi (West) High School Disaster Preparedness Program

Nishi HS students visited temporary communcity centers to play with children and teach them about emergency preparedness with study cards.  We visited with some of the high school students on Nov. 12. The student council president made an impressive speech about how they must lead to be prepared for the future. The school anti-disaster club members actively spoke of their own harsh experience with a Kataribe guide to others from non-disaster area. A girl who sung at the NY 911 concert and a girl who went to Richmond through YMCA homestay this summer made English speeches. We are so proud of these young men and women students who are strongly moving forward full of energy.  The NHK story link below reports on this visit.

Ishinomaki Junior HIgh Student English Speech Contest - 

39 Junior high school students from Ishinomaki/Higashi-Matsushima/Onagawa made wonderful speeches. Some talked about their disaster experience and one explained the value of challenges. Manaka-san won the title and received a wooden "Taylor Award" trophy made by the Taylor Bunko carpenter Endo-san. The top 5 students participate at the next stage, the Miyagi prefecture-level contest.  TAMF Board Member and Sendai University Professor Takanarita and Board Representative Terada joined the district final and awarded the trophy.  Endo-san later visited the winner at Kanan Higashi JH in Ishinomaki to congratulate her. 

Soccer Classes for Kindergarteners with Cobaltore Soccer Club -

Taylor Anderson Cobaltore soccer classes were held with approximately 1,000 Ishinomaki kindergarten studens this summer and fall.   We experienced one class first hand at Inai Kindergarten.  The soccer instructors made it so fun for the children that they enjoyed learning soccer very much. The benefits of being outdoors running and learning made for many happy kids throughout Ishinomaki this year!

Steve Gardner's Rambling Tree workshop was held at Inai Kindergarten in Ishinomaki on November 12. The kids and teachers couldn't stop dancing with Steve's music. Steve and friends then read "The Giving Tree" book both in English and Japanese. Kids expressed with their bodies what they learned in the story. Kids enjoyed drawing any happy expression, which was turned into a badge. Please see the video link below to see this great workshop.

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Tokyo Shimbun 911 Circle Wind Concert Article
Tokyo Shimbun 911 Circle Wind Concert Article
English Speech Competition Award Presentation
English Speech Competition Award Presentation
English Speech Competition Trophy Made by Endo-san
English Speech Competition Trophy Made by Endo-san
Inai Kindergarten Cobaltore Soccer School Session
Inai Kindergarten Cobaltore Soccer School Session
Hibi Shimbun Article - Kezuma ES and Inai K Visits
Hibi Shimbun Article - Kezuma ES and Inai K Visits

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