The Operation Blessing Japan team is already developing plans for this year's camps. Staff are checking out suitable camp facilities, and working out details of the programs.
This year, we are looking at doing slightly longer camp for more intense camp experience.
Children in Fukushima still live under the shadow of the nuclear power plant disaster. Every child has to undergo regular scans and thyroid checks, to monitor any adverse effects from the nuclear radiation. Though levels have decreased since the disaster 8 years ago, levels are still higher than normal, and there are still areas off limits due to the dangerous radiation level.
If you would like to view a video of our work in Fukushima, which includes the children's camps, please go to the link below.
Thank you for your ongoing support of our projects in Fukushima.
The 6.8M earthquake in Hokkaido last September severely damaged the town of Hobetsu's only Learning Center for children. Damage was beyond repair and so the building was demolished by the government last November.
Our plan was to provide a Trailer House for the Learning Center that caters to 47 children in the town. However, due to inadequate funding, we have not been able to set up the Learning Center for the children in a trailer house yet. In the meantime, the children are meeting in a temporary rented facility that is really inadequate for their needs.
As soon as our budget is reached, we will start work on bringing this project to completion.
Thank you for your interest and support for this project.
Nov 27, 2018
Campers joining us for Christmas
By Don Thomson - National Director
Flyer for the event
Many of the children who participated in our camp program last summer, will be joining us for the Family Christmas event in Minami Soma on December 1st.
Children and their parents will be treated to songs by our local gospel choir, and singing and talks from Kiko Wilson, a talented American-Japanese children's entertainer for events and TV shows around Japan. There will be cakes and dessert, and lots of presents.
Thank you for supporting our programs, and helping us spread Christmas cheer to the communities living in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.
And we take this opportunity to also wish you a Merry Christmas from Operation Blessing Japan!