Feb 20, 2015

New Community Space and Projects

Big Up Ishinomaki Community Activities
Big Up Ishinomaki Community Activities

Big Up Ishinomaki Community Space 

Big Up Ishinonmaki is a volunteer group based in Okaido, Ishinomaki since soon after the disaster. They plan to build a playground for kids. A new kid’s house called “Angel House” is to open on March 14, 2015 with the help of TAMF. This group organized a picnic of 100 children to a national park in Sendai. A lot of volunteers come in and out to join this group and find things to do. They coordinate and send those volunteers to the Ishinomaki communities. Some of the volunteer activities were a cosmetic company visited the Cosmos House to give free make-up lessons for the affected old ladies and a music therapy team worked with Down's syndrome children. Big Up Ishinomaki held a Summer festival for Okaido community in Ishinomaki. The festival used to be held every summer by the community itself before the disaster, but the community disappeared. 

Taylor Book Club

TAMF worked with Project Yui to hold an Ishinomaki teacher’s workshop on book clubs. This program offers opportunities for teachers to discuss how to teach reading for students. They exchange what they found by reading the same book at the same time with the help of instructors. Teachers have limited opportunities to prepare classes after the disaster. Sincere teachers are enthusiastically learning for their students.

Yui no ie Nursery

Daycare facilities are very limited in Ishinomaki. Yui No Ie Nursery helps many mothers so that they can raise their children and work or take care of other necessary tasks. TAMF assisted the Yui no Ie Nursery to purchase a nursery cart. This transportation device is used to carry 5-6 small children to take them to the park. In the case of emergency, its nurses can easily help those children evacuated by using this cart.

Librarian Project

Ishinomaki schools do not have full-time librarians, which limits the opportunities for children to find books at libraries. Taylor loved reading which helped her find her dreams. TAMF helps Ishinomaki school libraries to have librarians and become places for children to enjoy books and explore their dreams. This also helps to create job opportunities for local people.

Taylor Book Club Workshop
Taylor Book Club Workshop
Yui No Ie Nursery
Yui No Ie Nursery
Nursery Cart
Nursery Cart
Feb 4, 2015

Ishinomaki Visit and Kessenuma Children's Home

Kesennuma Children's Home Christmas Wish Program
Kesennuma Children's Home Christmas Wish Program

Ishinomaki Visit

Jean and Andy Anderson visited Ishinomaki in December and visited the Taylor Bunko's at Mangokuura Elementary School, Mangokuura Junior High School, Watanoha Elementary School (where the students in the NHK story were filmed - please watch the link at the end of this email) and Ishinomaki HIgh School.  The Mangokuura Elementary School based "Soyokaze No Ohanahishi" reading group (picture below) members each shared what books they had purchsed to read to students from the funds TAMF donated.

We also visited Sakura Juku (cram school) and Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) where two new bunko's are being installed.   Shinichi Endo, the woodworker who has made all of the previous Taylor Bunko's completed the Sakura Juku bookshelves in December in time for a "Taylor Christmas party" which included a JET teacher holding a class about Christmas..  Endo-san measured for the bookshelves at ISU and participated in a ceremony commemorating the donation.  He will complete them to be installed at a dedication ceremony at ISU on the fourth anniversary of the disaster on March 11, 2015. 

Watanoha elementary school has been temporarily relocated inland after the disaster, but reopened at its original place this spring. The number of students is half of what it used to be. The population of that community drastically decreased. This area is one of the most seriously damaged in Ishinomaki.

Mr. Mitsuru Aizawa lives in front of the school for generations and runs a family-owned dried laver seaweed company. His family still lives in the area and reopened his company in 2011. He says “I can see children playing in the ground and overhear their lively voices every day, which gives me a lot of energy more than I expected.” 

Mrs. Miyuki Nishimura (seen reading in the NHK Story) lived next to the Aizawas, but her house was completely wiped out. Her son, Ayumu Nishimura, was a good student of Taylor’s. The Nishimuras moved to Sendai city after 311 for 2 years but came back to Ishinomaki this spring to move into a new house inland in Ishinomaki. She is a Watanoha elementary graduate and she is also very happy with the school reopen at its original place. Miyuki now enjoys reading bi-weekly for Watanoha children as Taylor Readers and says, “I am very happy to have this opportunity to spend time with these children and tell Taylor’s love and message. By reading books from Taylor Reading Corners, I could tell her message and the value of pursuing dreams. Children are our ray of hope for this community.” 

Kesennuma Children's Home

TAMF donated Xmas wish projects and reusable Yagura summer festival platform this year.  The administrators asked that the money this year be used for the summer festival platform which will last for many years rather than summer camp. 

The orphanage children rushed to the presents so aggressively, which does not happen among the children living with their parents. Two sister girls lost their parents because of tsunami and lived with a foster family for a while, but they ended up at the orphanage. They all looked very happy with gifts and the fact there are people who cared for them.

The orphanage holds summer festivals which are open to local people. This is a good chance for those children to communicate with the community. On the Yagura platform, they enjoy playing Wadaiko drums. 

Kesennuma Children's Home Summer Festival Stage
Kesennuma Children's Home Summer Festival Stage
"Soyokaze No Ohanashi" Readers
"Soyokaze No Ohanashi" Readers
Sakura Juku Christmas Party
Sakura Juku Christmas Party
Ishinomaki Senshu Univ Taylor Bunko Ceremony
Ishinomaki Senshu Univ Taylor Bunko Ceremony

Links:

Nov 18, 2014

Video Reports from Taylor Scholarship Students

Student Internship at The Grand Pacific Le Daiba
Student Internship at The Grand Pacific Le Daiba

President Kato of Sendai YMCA Hotel College reports the students are all doing well and making good progress.  He sent us a few pictures, letters and videos from the students.  They made the videos with the assistance of their English teacher. Please read the letters and view the videos to see how the students are progressing in their studies, internships and, in the case of the second year students, job hunting.

We are pleased to share these messages from five of the students:

Message from Hiroki

Message from Yushi

Message from Mami

Messsage from Natsumi

Message from Kyoka

We are already planning to support new students next year as Kato-san continues to recruit applicants who are trying to rebuild their lives and their family's as a part of Tohoku Recovery.

In our next report in February the students will be close to the end of their school year which will mean graduation and hopefully jobs for the four second year students. 

Thank you for your support!


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