School of Fun for Children in Fukushima

by Academy Camp
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School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
From 2015 summer camp
From 2015 summer camp

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

It has been five years since the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. We have taken this opportunity to look back the five years of Academy Camp.

Attached to this report are photographs from summer camps in each year since 2011. As we browsed through the collection of photographs, we noticed a familiar face of a boy who attended one of our first camps in 2011, who has already graduated from a high school, and is learning Computer Graphics in Tokyo. He has been participating in our recent camps, including "Inclusive Camp" to be held on March 12 and 13 this year, as a volunteer staff member to support children in Fukushima.

When we started our camps in 2011, we had a dream. We dreamed that someday, some of the children who have participated in our camps will come back as staff members, and we will make camps together. We realized that this dream has already come true.

In a way, this is just a beginning. We have a lot more to achieve, in order to continue to privide the children with diversity of experiences and lots of fun, and to give them power to change the world. We need your help, because we are all in this together.

TIME TO GIVE - IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER

GlobalGiving US and UK will hold "Japan Match Campaign" with 50% match for your donations up to $1,000 USD/£600 GBP per donor per project until matching funds run out. There will be $15,000 USD in matching funds from GlobalGiving US and £10,000 GBP from GlobalGiving UK.

The campaign starts when March 11 begins in Japan (March 10, 2015 15:00GMT and 10:00 EST). This is a great opportunity, serving as a memorial to the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, whose effects are still ongoing while we continue long-term recovery efforts. Please consider giving, and support children in Fukushima and Academy Camp to go beyond just recovery, to build more hopeful future for the next generations.

From 2011 summer camp
From 2011 summer camp
From 2012 summer camp
From 2012 summer camp
From 2013 summer camp
From 2013 summer camp
From 2014 summer camp
From 2014 summer camp

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Eyes closed from 2014 Summer
Eyes closed from 2014 Summer

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

We are now preparing for our first camp in 2016 called "Inclusive Camp - doing science on <<can't see>> and <<can't hear>>" to be held on March 12 and 13 in Aizu, Fukushima Prefecture. The camp is for about 20 children in Fukushima, targeted for junior-high and high school students, but will include some elementary school students. The camp is also for visually or hearing impaired persons, so that we together will explore how we can achieve an environment where people with different conditions can pursue joy and happiness.

The workshops in the camp will be hosted by a sign-language-native university student, a developer of a hearing-aid device ONTENNA (sound antenna), and a researcher at Superhuman Sports Society. A blind judo expert from 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games will appear as a special guest. We will explore how we can communicate, assisted with a state-of-the-art technology, and create a new sport truly everyone can enjoy.

This is our first "Inclusive Camp", but certainly not our first trial towards understanding disabilities. Photos attached to this report are from our past camps, all of which are about simulating visual disabilities for deeper understanding of inter-human communication.

IN MEMORY OF THE FIVE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE DISASTER

GlobalGiving US and UK will hold "Japan Match Campaign" with 50% match for your donations, starting when March 11 begins in Japan (March 10, 2015 15:00GMT and 10:00 EST). This is a great opportunity, serving as a memorial to the five-year anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster, whose effects are still ongoing while we continue long-term recovery efforts. Please consider giving, and support children in Fukushima and Academy Camp to go beyond just recovery, to build more hopeful future for the next generations.

Reaching out from 2015 Summer
Reaching out from 2015 Summer
Blindfolded from 2015 Summer
Blindfolded from 2015 Summer
Helped by friends from 2015 Aizu
Helped by friends from 2015 Aizu
Ready to go forward from 2015 Aizu
Ready to go forward from 2015 Aizu

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Reading the book "You Are Really Wonderful"
Reading the book "You Are Really Wonderful"

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

Thank you always for supporting children in Fukushima and Academy Camp. In this report, we will look back our achievements in the year 2015, and look ahead our activities for the coming year.

In March, we had a camp in Aizu, where children experienced traditional regional crafts. We had two summer camps in August near Lake Inawashiro: the term 1 was for elementary school students, which was named "Wings for the Future", and the term 2 was for junior high and high school students to open up their "Doors to the World". Throughout the year, we practiced paddling dragon boats in Lake Inawashiro with some workshops in food education, and participated in races.

With all these achievements, Fukushima Dragon Boat Academy (FDBA) is now a separate entity from Academy Camp since November 1, as a regional children's sport club in Fukushima with opportunities for scientific thinking and practicing of physical exercises. We are not halving, but doubling with two organizations the impact of our activities towards healthy growth of children in Fukushima.

Next year, in collaboration with FDBA and other organizations and activities, we will continue to provide the children with opportunities to extend their knowledge and experiences. Please take part in our activities. We are all in this together.

 

RECURRING DONATIONS MATCH CAMPAIGN IS ONGOING

December is a good season for charity. This year, GlobalGiving is matching 100% for the first iterations of new recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project, if the recurring donations continue for at least four months. This is a great opportunity for all of us, extending the impact of the support for our project. Please consider supporting children in Fukushima and Academy Camp for monthly basis. If not, all the same. We would really appreciate every donation, whether recurring or not.

Running in a game
Running in a game
Friendship in action
Friendship in action
Stretch our goal!
Stretch our goal!

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Cultural interchange was a theme of the camp
Cultural interchange was a theme of the camp

Please find a Japanese version of this report here.

The second camp this summer was held near Lake Inawashiro through Aug.16-18, and was for junior-high and high school students in Fukushima. The theme of the camp was "Door to the World", and there also participated high-school, university-undergraduate and graduate students from Vietnam, Singapore, Taiwan, Rwanda, and who are from Japan but have had some kind of international relationships.

Activities in the camp included experiencing cultural differences of tastes, camp light (instead of campfire), basic training for becoming a conflict worker, Zombie Soccer (a variation of blind soccer) facilitated by World Yuru Sports Association, thinking scientifically about radiation exposures, and an improvisation workshop by improvisation performers 6-dim+.

In the camp, separate missions were given to members (junior-high and high school students) and leaders (undergraduate and graduate students), which were kept secret from each other : members to somehow make leaders speechless, and leaders to support members learning. Overall, leaders did a good job, but members also often surprised leaders, especially with the experiences they shared with leaders on 3.11 disaster and thereafter. Surely, the camp helped both of them opening their doors to the new world.

GIVING OPPORTUNITY - 30% MATCHING ON SEP. 16

Starting at 9am EDT (10pm JST) on September 16, 2015, GlobalGiving will be matching online donations at 30% until the $70,000 in matching runs out. Academy Camp has been and always will be the camp we build together. Please do not miss this wonderful giving opportunity!

Sunset expressed in "camp light"
Sunset expressed in "camp light"
Dialogue on the table
Dialogue on the table
Walking forward, blindfolded
Walking forward, blindfolded
Umm... monkeys?
Umm... monkeys?
Picking up a line, as they improvise
Picking up a line, as they improvise

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Jumping rope in the morning
Jumping rope in the morning

Please find a Japanese version of this report here. This is a report on the camp held near Lake Inawashiro through Aug.13-15.

This summer, I participated in both terms 1 and 2 of Academy Camp. For the term 1, I was a sub leader, and this is a report about it.

The term 1 was a camp only for elementary-school-student members. It was a camp with a wide range of age groups, from the first to sixth graders. The theme of the term 1 camp was "Wings for the Future".

We did dodgebee, a talk about universe, Game de Education by students from Future University Hakodate, cheerleading, camp light (instead of camp fire), and cooked udon noodle. A diverse of programs I did purely enjoy myself :).

I saw the members throwing the dodgebee discs with all their might, being eager to know more about the universe, smiling at last while they were presenting cheer leading although the boys weren't quite
enthusiastic at first, and helping one another while they made udon noodle together. Through all these, I could see changes or growth of the members, or I don't really know how to put it, but I saw something really pleased me and vibrated me. I don't think in daily lives people could grow like this in such a short time like three days.

I'm not really confident in saying that I have left something for the members, or helped them learning. But I'm sure that they are bigger, stronger and more thoughtful of the surrounding people than I saw them on the first day. There are tons of things I want to write, and I know that I cannot communicate them well. I know I've mentioned little about my own reflection. But anyway! I'm really glad that we've finished the camp without any big accidents.

I hope that the members who participated in this camp are now able to think a step forward, even outside the camp.

Struck-out game
Struck-out game
Imagining extraterrestrial life
Imagining extraterrestrial life
Playing a 3D game researching students made
Playing a 3D game researching students made
Cheerleading practice with HOPES Girls
Cheerleading practice with HOPES Girls
Cutting udon noodles
Cutting udon noodles

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Location: Fujisawa, Kanagawa - Japan
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