One Tuesday Afternoon Scene
Thanks to all of your help, Kirakin Kids (KK) in Rikuzen Takata is now operating smoothly, and has expanded its working activities. In the past, with a limited number of staffs, they worked to their best, but resulting in the fatigue of staffs and some even leaving KK. They could not accept some program offers by outsider organizations. They now have more staffs than before to organize diverse activities, operating even on weekends, so that they can dynamically contribute to the local community.
As a part of the regular activities, KK had a reading session of children stories, local food tasting, birthday celebration, farewell mochitsuki (Japanese rice cookie making) party, a mother’s lecture on cosmetics, etc. But what is impressive is the increasing number of activity supports by diverse outside organizations and individuals. For the month of March, they had a dispatch of Toy Library organized by the Iwate Association of Speech-Language-Hearing Therapist, a play and balloon session by the Caring Crown Ton-chan (a famous team of crowns, visiting children’s hospitals and senior houses), and a counseling sessions by a pediatrician. The Griefcare Center of Sophia University again sent Sister Takaki to offer counseling to mothers for the third time. And DSIA also sent a counseling specialist, Prof. Mitsuru Hisada, of Sophia University, also for the third time. These special events filled the March calendar. Besides, KK continued offering a session for fathers by bringing a specialist on reading children’s picture books. They are planning to have at least one session per month for fathers in order to promote more active roles of fathers in childrearing. This event was originally planned for children and fathers who lost mothers, but this specific identification hindered fathers' participation, thus changed to a program simply for fathers to be with children.
KK now started preparing for its future development. They are preparing documents to be submitted to the Government of Japan, hoping their NPO status to be approved around this autumn. They now have an accountant to prepare for its NPO registration, and this status change is necessary to secure the continuous financial support from the city government. I am certain that they will be able to secure the status. Hope I can write to you about this good news soon.