This project will continue the work of the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund in three areas: 1. Create a new community library and reading club for teachers and students 2. Implement exchange programs with Ishinomaki students 3. Provide continuing support for the Kessenuma Children's Home
Ishinomaki Board of Education Superintendent Sakai told us in December that it had been determined where the 27,000 people in temporary housing will be permanently located. A rice field will be made into their new neighborhood, but it will take three years for it to be complete. Our programs support the students, schools and families while the rebuilding projects are completed. They give students opportunities to learn about the world around them and families know they are not forgotten.
The books and bookshelves are the building blocks for learning, dreaming and imagining which teachers and students can use together to build understanding. They also provide a place for community volunteers to become more involved in their schools. The program for orphans includes English Adventure Camp each summer and a Christmas Wish Program. Students in Exchange programs learn lessons and challenge themselves throughout the program. That experience is shared with many at home.
The Reading Corners and book club help bring the community together as they rebuild their lives and determine their future. The help to orphans gives them a chance to see new opportunities, meet new friends and know that others care for them. The exchange program not only helps each participant individually, but helps build a bridge between our two countries by allowing people in each country to connect, build relationships and have confidence in their future.