By Yoshitaka Okada - Director, the DSIA; Professor, Sophia University
A meeting to schedule capability building
The capability building of Kirarin Kids staff by the Niiza Childcare Center was postponed until around the late May, partly due to a Kirarin Kids' move to a new and bigger place constructed by the Rikuzen Takada City Government, and partly because the arrival of a financial support to them from the Japan Disaster Relief Fund Boston was also late to arrive. Despite so, the DSIA already had a few meetings to discuss our training plan with Kirarin Kids' staff and the Niiza Childcare Network. As soon as the move to a new place is completed, we will be starting our training in a little bit smaller capacity, since we could not secure the full amount of support we hoped to have. But for the next six to seven months, we will be engaging in training, arranged by the Niiza Childcare Network with a full speed and capacity. The Sophia University volunteer team will visit Rikuzen Takada around September and October in about three occasions to provide professional training in the fields of grief care, PTSD, and child welfare. We are hoping these professional training to Kirarin Kids's staff provided by the Niiza Childcare Network and Sophia University voluntary team will be of great help to build Kirrin Kids' capability to engage in childcare support in the unusual context of difficulties in disaster-stricken Tohoku.
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