Jul 16, 2019

Summer HS Exchange and Donation Matching Day July 18th

2017 Exchange Students and Washington DC Hosts
2017 Exchange Students and Washington DC Hosts

High School Summer Exchange

We have six Ishinomaki high school exchange students chaperoned by one of Taylor’s former students visiting Richmond, VA and Washington, DC August 7th to 13th.   We worked with the Ishinomaki Board of Education to have students apply with written essays. They told us of their hopes and dreams of visiting America and we are very excited to have them visit! They will be staying with host families in each location and we look forward to reporting results in our next update.    

 GlobalGiving July Bonus Day

 GlobalGiving’s July Bonus Day runs from 09:00:00 ET to 23:59:59 ET on Thursday, July 18, 2019, or until funds run out.

 Donations will be matched based on amount:

  • Donations $100 - $499 USD will be matched at 15%
  • Donations of $500 - $749 USD will be matched at 30%
  • Donations of $750 - $1,000 USD will be matched at 50%
  • Donations under $100 USD will not be matched
  • Donation above $1,000 USD will be matched on the first $1,000 at $50%.

 There will be $250,000 in matching funds during the campaign

  • Donations will be matched based on the order in which they are received. Please donate early because matching funds will likely run out before the end of the day.

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

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Jun 14, 2019

Four Graduating and Six Starting Taylor Scholarship Students with Three to DC for English Immersion

Taylor Scholarship Student Graduates
Taylor Scholarship Student Graduates

Kato-san, The President of the Sendai YMCA International Hotel and Pastry School, shares the graduation message from Riku, Yuuka, Chiho and Akino who graduated March 7th.  He also shares six video messages from this year’s Taylor Scholarship students. All students are intensely studying English and their success is on display in their video messages! 

Three of the students, Miyuna, Saori and Takashi speak of their English language internship this summer.  They will go to Washington, D.C. from 7/17 to 8/2 to attend  an English language immersion program given at The Language Center & Sugai Program at George Washington University. 

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 Sendai YMCA and TAMF provide these scholarships jointly.  Please watch the video messages at the links below.  We thank you for watching!

https://photos.app.goo.gl/wKofx3EALRyfBkLN8 - English language message from the four graduates!

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLRB3N-E2MCkcm11R0cxjkJCKwIkVKhu6j  - English language messages from Miyuna, Takashi, Reina, Chiharu, Shion and Sayuri.

https://youtu.be/APgrwRiHsH4 - Japanese message from four students

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 29, 2019

Two New Taylor Bunkos Dedicated, State of Children in Disaster Area Symposium

Ishinomaki 3000th Day Remembrance Ceremony
Ishinomaki 3000th Day Remembrance Ceremony

As the 3000 day anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake passes and Ishinomaki holds their memorial ceremonies we remember all the loved ones lost and resolve to continue to help in the recovery of the area.

 

Taylor Bunko Dedication at Minato Elementary School March 15, 2019 -

We dedicated the 14th Taylor Bunko to Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki and were treated to a beautiful ceremony and song from the children. We presented book coupons to the students so their school can fill the shelves with books of their choice. Endo-san made six different rolling bookshelves so each grade has their own. He bore a hole per grade in the American pine so each class knows their bookshelf. He said he used sequoia, the tallest tree, that reaches to Taylor in the sky for a horizontal piece that connects each grade and a hard wood, Indonesian Ulin for the bottom book retaining strip so it would withstand the wear of student use. We told the children we hope the books will help them to find their dreams as Taylor did.

The students at Minato Elementary School in Ishinomaki sang a beautiful song at the Taylor Bunko dedication called "Important Things".  

Important things 

The night spent counting shooting stars with you

Today I feel the same winds we felt that day

No matter how much time passes by and how many seasons go by

I never forget my feelings

I was once unaware of important things

Now these warm feelings in my heart

Hold back my tears when I feel like I’m falling apart

And remember the day I was singing that song

I hear the voice, Take heart. Never feel discouraged.

You taught me the resilience and warmness

If I can see you again, I want to say Thank You

You are far away but I’m here taking heart

I was once unaware of important things

You taught me I am not alone

……Important things….

Taylor Bunko Dedication at Minato Junior High School March 15, 2019 –

We dedicated the 15th Taylor Bunko to Minato JH in Ishinomaki and enjoyed the speech and discussions with the library club VP and student council leaders. They asked for the list of Taylor's favorite childhood books so they could purchase some of them with their book coupons. They were happy that “Narnia” and “Harry Potter” are on the list!  Endo-san told them how he designed their Taylor Bunko with rolling benches where books can be stored on either side of the rolling book case. They will be put outside of the library in the hall so students can stop and sit and read even when the library is closed. We hope these books help to open the world to them as they did for Taylor.

Ishinomakimono Card Project Donation to TAMF

Ryoko presents Jean with a donation to TAMF from the profits of Ishinomakimono card sales. The kimono in the background was just donated. It is a 120 year old wedding kimono and will make for beautiful cards. You can contact Ryoko about the cards at Ishinomakimono@gmail.com!

Project Nozomi Crafts Taylor Necklaces

We are honored to have Project Nozomi craft a line of necklaces in Taylor's memory. We met them Ishinomaki and they presented Jean with a Taylor necklace. They also donated book coupons for Taylor Anderson Reading Corners (Bunko)! Some of the women told us stories about Taylor. They are located in the Watanoha neighborhood very close to the Taylor Bunko at Watanoha ES and the Endo's at Team Watahoi!

Nozomi, which means 'hope' in Japanese, is a faith-based social enterprise bringing sustainable income, community, dignity and hope to the women in Ishinomaki, Japan by training them to craft high-quality jewelry products. Nozomi women are creating one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry featuring broken pieces of pottery left in the wake of the tsunami and other up-cycled pottery. Each of our product lines has been named by a Nozomi woman in honor of a loved one in her life. #bebrokenwithus

https://nozomiproject.com/blogs/nozomi-project-blog/a-chance-to-honor-taylor-andersons-memory

TAMF Kodomo Mirai Kikin Symposium on State Of Children in the Disaster Area -

We heard from a panel of experts on the situation of children in the disaster area at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo on March 16, 2019.   Many students and families still show the effects of what happened to their families and homes.  A big problem is students dropping out of school.  Many of the participants have programs to help the students recover and return to school. 

We were so happy to see Ren from our TAMF 2017 Summer Exchange of Ishinomaki High School students to Richmond and Washington, DC! He spoke at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo at our TAMF and Kodomo Mirai Kikin symposium about the situation of children in the disaster area. Ren just graduated high school and will be going to college to pursue a career in robotics. He said the exchange changed his life and he would like to pursue a global career in automobile robotics. We look forward to hearing from him again as he crafts his future!

Tokyo TAMF Charity Seminar Held in May

A Charity seminar was held on Sunday 12 at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo. All the charity money over 3 million yen will be gifted to TAMF. Ambassador Ichiro Fujisaki of the president of TAMF spoke appreciation at the beginning of the event. 

Taylor Bunko Outreach – Visit to Ishinomaki ES

We visited Ishinomaki Elementary school which is one of the 13 Ishinomaki Elementary Schools that received books through the Taylor Bunko Outreach Program. We talked with the librarian club students including Haru, who welcomed Gracie for homestay last summer and a student journalist from the Ishinomaki Hibi kids newspaper (www.facebook.com/kodomomiraikenkyusho/ who was invited to Manchester, the U.K. The butterflies on the bulletin board are inspired by the book "A Gift from Taylor" by Naomi Chiba who wrote the book so students though time would understand the story of why there are Taylor Bunkos in their schools. She writes that Endo-san's two children who had Taylor as a teacher said that "she flew from school to school like a butterfly" on her bike and he added "spreading hopes and dreams". Books will be donated to the remaining 20 Ishinomaki E.S the next two years.  

We also had lunch with the 6th graders who would graduate in two days.  The students asked us questions. The article mentions that among the questions they asked are where are you from and do you like Japanese foods. We answered Virginia, USA and the school lunch is very healthy and tastes good!! This was the students second to the last lunch together before they graduated so it was an honor to be with them. They also got to choose the menu, and of course, prepare and clean up!

TAMF, in conjunction with the Ishinomaki Board of Education (BOE), started a three year Taylor Bunko Outreach  program of donating English books to  33 Ishinomaki elementary schools as " a gift from Taylor".  This benefits 6,518 students.   This year we donated to 13 schools and a ceremony was held at Ishinomaki elementary school on October 18 where TAMF managing director Mr. Takanarita, donated  the book package to Mr. Kamei, the school principal and to students.  Each school receives 40 Japanese-English picture books chosen by the BOE and a 30,000 yen book card for the school  to choose their own books.  The donation includes the book “A Gift From Taylor” written by Naomi Chiba, which is a Japanese-English book explaining the story of Taylor Bunko’s to students..  Maruzen book importer provided bulk pricing.   We will donate to 13 schools in next year and 7 in 2020.

Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid Journalists have Workshop with Mr. Shinichi Endo

We reported last time about this workshop and since then an English article in Kyoko News has been published.  Please enjoy at https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2019/03/91a7935995c7-feature-survivors-craft-helps-rebuild-a-life-shattered-by-2011-tsunami.html.

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

Minato ES Taylor Bunko Bookshelves
Minato ES Taylor Bunko Bookshelves
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Dedication
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Dedication
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Article
Minato JH Taylor Bunko Article
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Project Nozomi Group Picture
Project Nozomi Group Picture
Project Nozomi Taylor Necklaces
Project Nozomi Taylor Necklaces
TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium Panel
TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium Panel
Ren Speaks at TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium
Ren Speaks at TAMF Mirai Kikin Symposium
Ambassador Fujisaki Charity Seminar Presentation
Ambassador Fujisaki Charity Seminar Presentation
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Visit
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Visit
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Lunch
Ishinomaki ES Taylor Bunko Outreach Lunch

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