Help Students, Families and Schools Recover

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Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
Taylor Bunko Outreach at Ishinomaki ES
Taylor Bunko Outreach at Ishinomaki ES

Taylor Bunko Outreach – Book Donations to all 33 Ishinomaki ES Over Three Years

TAMF, in conjunction with the Ishinomaki Board of Education (BOE), started a three year Taylor Bunko Outreach program of donating English books to 33 Ishinomaki elementary schools as " a gift from Taylor". This benefits 6,518 students. This year we donated to 13 schools and a ceremony was held at Ishinomaki elementary school on October 18 where TAMF managing director Mr. Takanarita, donated the book package to Mr. Kamei, the school principal and to students. Each school receives 40 Japanese-English picture books chosen by the BOE and a 30,000 yen book card for the school to choose their own books. The donation includes the book “A Gift From Taylor” written by Naomi Chiba, which is a Japanese-English book explaining the story of Taylor Bunko’s to students.. Maruzen book importer provided bulk pricing. We will donate to 13 schools in next year and 7 in 2020.

Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid Journalists have Workshop with Mr. Shinichi Endo

Mr. Shinichi Endo had a workshop for Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo kid journalists. Most elementary school students don't know the word "Gareki" or rubble, because they were infants eight years ago.

Shinichi-san brought a long board called Gareki and explained what it was. He called the workshop "to give another life to Gareki."

Kids created mobile phone straps and pendants with Shinichi-san's help. A kid journalist interviewed him after the workshop. It will be covered in the next Kodomo kid newspaper issue.

TAMF Sponsors International High School Forum

An international disaster recovery forum was held at Ishinomaki Nishi high school with support from TAMF. Thomas from Missouri shared his story of when a tornado hit his town in 2011. His high school and his town were beautifully rebuilt with the help of volunteers and a lot of people, which is called Joplin model.

Zihu-Jyun talked about the 2018 earthquake disaster in her country, Taiwan. Minkyong shared her challenge to reduce plastic garbage in South Korea.

Miyu, Shuntaro and Juri explained what happened seven and half years ago, how they recovered and how they have shared stories as volunteer storytellers.

Ishinomaki English Speech Competition Winner Receives Taylor Trophy

Sae of Minato JH in Ishinomaki won the Taylor Award this year and made a brilliant speech at the Prefecture-level competition where only regional winners can participate. So competitive!  Although she didn't win this time, she touched the audience. Her story was about being bullied but facing it bravely and to be herself.

She is also a kid journalist and writes articles for the Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid newspaper. She has so many talents! Sae, said happily she wanted to work at a hotel near an airport in the future. She wants to improve her English.

US Embassy Tokyo Purchases 200 Ishinomakimono Cards

The US Embassy in Tokyo purchased 200 Ishinomakimono cards for the holiday season. We, along with Team Wathoi, thank the Embassy for their support!

TAMF Named a GlobalGiving Top-Ranked Organization

TAMF is so honored to have earned the "Top-Ranked Organization" status from GlobalGiving!  A GlobalGiving representative visited some of our projects in Ishinomaki last year and GG constantly provide encouragement and help. We are most thankful for this support!

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Taylor Bunko Outreach Newspaper Article
Taylor Bunko Outreach Newspaper Article
Shinichi Endo
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop
Shinichi Endo
Shinichi Endo's Gareki Workshop straps
International Disaster Recovery HS Forum
International Disaster Recovery HS Forum
Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner Sae
Ishinomaki English Speech Contest Winner Sae
Taylor Trophy  Presented to Sae
Taylor Trophy Presented to Sae

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ISU Research Paper Presentation at R-MC
ISU Research Paper Presentation at R-MC

Randolph Macon College (R-MC) and Ishinomaki Senshu University ( ISU) TOMODACHI Exchange Program

The first year exchange of a two-year exchange program between Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC) started with the ISU group consisting of five students and two faculty arriving September 4th in Washington, DC. The first day included a visit for a visit to The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and some sightseeing. The next day included a great morning at the U.S.-Japan Council (the TOMODACHI program creator and administrator), followed by some sightseeing in DC before getting on the train to R-MC in Ashland, VA!

The Richmond area portion of the visit included visits to President James Madison’s Montpelier, San-J (Japanese soy sauce company with its U.S. headquarters in Richmond, R-MC baseball team library and new science building, dinner with R-MC’s President Lindgren, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with it’s amazing Faberge collection, brunch and shopping in Carytown, the James River and Short Pump mall. It was a great honor to be greeted by Mayor Trivett, the council members of the Ashland Town Hall and APD officers one morning.  

.the ISU students made truly impressive presentations of their research. The research work itself is exciting and innovative but the fact that they each prepared and presented a detailed presentation in *English* was truly amazing. Subarashi!! Special attention was given to the themes of disaster and recovery, in recognition not only of the 3.11.11 disasters in Tohoku, but also of the continuing challenges posed more recently by natural disasters in the U.S., Japan and elsewhere.

A special collaboration class of Japanese elementary courses(JAPN111, section 1 and 2) with the ISU group from Japan yesterday was held. The students of R-MC learned Kanji of the days of the week, enjoyed communication in both languages. They also made a Talkative Fox with Origami paper.

The last day before returning home was spent at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, a quick trip to Williamsburg, and a farewell dinner with some of the R-MC students and faculty who were a big part of the program’s success.

We are excited to once again have TOMODACHI’s (usjapantomodachi.org) support with this exchange and to see the partnership between these two schools continue to expand since the initial 2015 and 2016 exchanges..

#GivingTuesday Campaign November 27, 2018

Please donate today when donations to TAMF will be matched proportionately matched by GlobalGiving’s $150,000 2018 #GivingTuesday Campaign!

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

NRCC Visit
NRCC Visit
US Japan Council TOMODACHI Visit
US Japan Council TOMODACHI Visit
Ashland, VA Town Hall Visit
Ashland, VA Town Hall Visit
James River with Richmond skyline
James River with Richmond skyline
Collaboration with R-MC Japanese Classes
Collaboration with R-MC Japanese Classes

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TAMF Exchange Tokyo Welcome Dinner
TAMF Exchange Tokyo Welcome Dinner

 

Summer High School Exchange

High School students from Richmond, VA visited Japan August 3rd to August 11th with time in Tokyo and Ishinomaki. In Tokyo they were hosted by Nao, one of Taylor’s students who is now a fifth year full scholarship pharmacy student at Meijo University in Nagoya and Hiroki, a full scholarship Graduate Engineering student at Keio U. from Minami-Sanriku. Ishinomaki students who visited Richmond, VA and Washington, DC last year joined the group at various times for a nice reunion. The students were also welcomed by TAMF board members at a welcome dinner in Asakusa. They had a tour of Keio U., enjoyed karaoke, a Hedgehog Café in Harajuku and Tokyo rush hour!

The students visited Ishinomaki where they stayed at Kashkuji Temple (where they started each day with zen practices), make clay pottery with students, visited a Taylor Reading Corner (Bunko) at Watanoha E.S., made Ishinomkimono cards at Watahoi Volunteer Center with the Endo’s, learned about the disaster at Ishinomaki Memorial Center and Ishinomaki Newsee, visited Okawa E.S. where 74 students out of 108 perished, had a tour of the recovery of Onagawa (see more below), and of course, shopping and homestays! Please see the link below to an artcile about their visit to Ishinomaki.  The students returned to Tokyo on the first day of Obon vacation, one of the busiest days of the year, before returning to the U.S. Their last night included a ninja restaurant in Akasaka.  Please read the school newspaper article written below by one of the students from St. Catherines, where Taylor attended high school and the original host of TAMF!

Mr. Abe of Onagawa explained to the group what happened there during the earthquake and tsunami. They followed the exact route of his evacuation that day. Pictures that day showed the height the tsunami reached. They visited a monument Junior high school students built to teach the lessons of the tsunami to future students.

English Speech Competition Winner and Young Student Journalists

Sae of Minato JH in Ishinomaki won Taylor Award this year and made a brilliant speech at Prefecture-level competition, where only regional winners can participate.

Although she didn't win this time, her audience appreciated her speech. Her story was about being bullied, but facing it bravely to be herself. She is also a kid journalist and writes articles for Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Kid newspaper. She has so many talents!

Kid journalists of Ishinomaki Hibi Kodomo Newspaper visited Taylor Reading Corner at Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) to gather their who, what, when, where and how information for an article in their newspaper about the Taylor Bunko at ISU. There is a link to the article on the ISU website below.

“Live Your Dream: The Taylor Anderson Story” Screening in Kobe October 17th to Raise Funds for TAMF

Join Regge Life at a screening of Live Your Dream at the Hyogo Prefectural Museum or Art in Kobe on October 17th! Thank you to JET Program Alumni Association of Western Japan and the US Consulate Osaka for sponsoring this screening!

#GivingTuesday Campaign November 27, 2018

Mark your calendars for #GivingTuesday when donations to TAMF will be matched 50% by GlobalGiving

TAMF Awarded GlobalGiving Grant for 2019-2020 Exchange

Thank you to GlobalGIving for honoring TAMF with a grant for our 2019-2020 High School Exchange Program. Ishinomaki students will be hosted in Richmond the summer of 2019 and Richmond host students will return in 2020. We need additional support to fund the programs, but are confident with your help we will be able to continue this life changing program which builds a bridge between our two countries.

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Eleanor Robb
Eleanor Robb's Exchange Article
Exchange Students Visit Watanoha ES Taylor Bunko
Exchange Students Visit Watanoha ES Taylor Bunko
Making Ishinomakimono Cards!
Making Ishinomakimono Cards!
Temple Stay!
Temple Stay!
English Speech Competition Winner
English Speech Competition Winner

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Inai ES PTA Award to TAMF for Taylor Bunko
Inai ES PTA Award to TAMF for Taylor Bunko

Randolph Macon College (R-MC) and Ishinomaki Senshu University ( ISU) Exchange Program

Plans are well underway for the first year of a two-year exchange program between Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) and Randolph-Macon College (R-MC). R-MC’s Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Lauren Cohen Bell and Assistant Director of International Education Mayumi Nakamura and staff members from ISU’s international office meet on July 10, 2018 on the campus of Ishinomaki Senshu University to initiate this year’s exchange, building upon the strong relationship already formed between the two institutions. That relationship was deepened and enhanced by the first TOMODACHI Fund/Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund-supported research exchanges that took place between the two colleges in 2015 and 2016.

As part of the renewed exchange visits, students at each institution are developing academic and/or cultural research questions to be explored on each other’s campuses and in each other’s home countries. Special attention will be given to the themes of disaster and recovery, in recognition not only of the 3.11.11 disasters in Tohoku, but also of the continuing challenges posed more recently by natural disasters in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The 2018-2019 program formally begins in early September, 2018, when five ISU students and two ISU faculty will visit R-MC over a two-week period. The ISU delegation’s visit will include time in Washington D.C., Richmond and Ashland, Virginia, as well as several other important historical sites in Virginia. In 2019, a group of students and faculty from Randolph-Macon College will visit Japan and ISU.

We are excited to once again have TOMODACHI’s (usjapantomodachi.org) support with this exchange and to see the partnership between these two schools continue to expand.

Summer High School Exchange - Sixth Year!

Once again high School students from Richmond, VA will visit Japan August 3rd to August 11th with time in Tokyo and Ishinomaki. In Tokyo they will be hosted by one of Taylor’s students who is now a fifth year full scholarship pharmacy student at Meijo University in Nagoya and a full scholarship Graduate Engineering student at Keio U. from Minami-Sanriku. Both were affected deeply by the disaster with one of them losing his single parent. They are an inspiration to us and an added motivation to continue our mission!

The students will visit Ishinomaki where they will stay in a temple (where they will learn zen practices), make clay pottery with students, visit a Taylor Reading Corner (Bunko) at Watanoha E.S., make Ishinomkimono cards at Watahoi Volunteer Center with the Endo’s, learn about the disaster at Ishinomaki Memorial Center and Ishinomaki Newsee, visit Okawa E.S. where 74 students out of 108 perished, see the recovery of Onagawa, and of course, shopping and homestays! The students return to Tokyo on the first day of Obon vacation, one of the busiest days of the year, before returning to the U.S.

Other Happenings

Inai Elementary's PTA gave TAMF an award to show their gratitude for the Taylor Anderson Reading Corner recently donated to their school. One of Taylor's former colleagues works there. One of Taylor's students from this school now teaches English at a high school in Ishinomaki

The IshinomaKimono project donated money to TAMF! out of their profit! Thank you! If wish to purchase card please email Ishinomakimono@gmail.com. The US Embassy in Tokyo is purchasing 200 card for the Christmas season!

Ms. Shreya Nambiar from GlobalGiving visited Ishinomaki to see the Taylor Bunko reading corner at Watanoha Elementary school and our support for Kodopany play park. We are grateful to GlobalGiving for their support!

Bonus Day July 18th!

TAMF has achieved the top ranking of GlobalGiving as a SuperStar and therefore will receive 50% match on donations from 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, July 18th while record matching funds of $120,000 last! Just click on our project link at the top of the page to have your donation matched!

Recurring Match: New recurring donations up to $200 per donor per project on Bonus Day will get an additional 100% match on the initial donation as long as it remains active for a minimum of four total payments.

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Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Ishinomakimono Card Profit Donation to TAMF
Shreya Nambiar of GG Visiting Taylor Bunko
Shreya Nambiar of GG Visiting Taylor Bunko
Taylor Bunko Picture Book with Translations
Taylor Bunko Picture Book with Translations
Taylor
Taylor's Memorial Day Poster at Watanoha ES

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Watanoha ES 5th Grade Visit
Watanoha ES 5th Grade Visit

We started our Japan trip with the Shoku no Kakehashi fundraising lunch with over 200 people in Tokyo on February 27th . The luncheon featured a speech on Sustainable Development Goals by board member and TV reporter Hiroko Kuniya. Over 200 Ishinomakimono cards were sold plus a generous donation was made to TAMF. Thank you so much!

We had a great visit to Ishinomaki February 28th – March 2nd to meet with many of the people we work together with to help ongoing recovery. 

We visited the Kokoro Smile Grief Care Center which helps students who have dropped out of school to recover and return to school. We played ping-pong with one of Taylor's former students and a student who just started to attend Kokoro Smile. Taylor’s former student had stopped going to school from PTSD, came to this center, and recovered. She now enjoys studying English at a college in Sendai and helps Ms. Shimura as a part-time volunteer. She said she chose to study English because of Taylor.

The IshinomaKimono card project is in the news...including showing sales at the Washington, DC National Gallery of Art! Please see the new story at this link: https://www.facebook.com/mihoko.terada/videos/2031928880158549/UzpfSTY4MzA5NzIzMTc1MDg4NToxNzc1MTgwNTE1ODc1ODc5/

We visited the Mayor of Ishinomaki City to learn how the status of reconstruction and to talk about future Taylor Bunko programs.

We read to the 5th graders at Watanoha Elementary School and enjoyed watching their Yosakoi dance. So lively and genki! Please see the Ishinomaki school newsletter about our visit at this link: http://www.city.ishinomaki.lg.jp/school/20301700/d0010/d0070/d0076/20180302140639.html

We were pleased to visit the 12th Taylor Bunko at Inai Elementary School.  Endo-san heard from the school that they wanted six portable bookshelves that can move from classroom to classroom so you find these bookshelves placed around the school depending on who is using them at the time.

We visited the newly built Ogatsu Elementary School for the 13th Taylor Bunko dedication ceremony. Taylor's friend, Maiko-sensei gave a speech to the students about Taylor before our arrival. Four elementary schools were integrated and moved to this new school last August, but the number of students is less than half of what it was because many families had to move out after the disaster because of a lack of housing and jobs. The area has a mountainous coast so areas above the coast have been developed over many years, but the jobs left while there was no place to live.

We visited with the Ishinomaki Senshu University (ISU) President to discuss the upcoming Randolph Macon College (RMC) and ISU student exchange which will begin this September with ISU students visiting RMC. We are excited to once again have TOMODACHI’s support with this exchange and to see the partnership between these two schools continue to expand. RMC currently has ISU Professor Yasushi Maruoaka as a visiting Fulbright professor.

TAMF and Team Watahoi work together on a number of projects including the Ishinomakimono program headed by Ryoko Endo and the building of the Taylor Bunko’s by Shinichi Endo. We planted two cherry trees at Watahoi station, the Endo's former house site. One from the Endos to the Andersons, while the other from the Andersons to the Endos in honor of Taylor, Hana, Kanta and Kana. A Sendai TV station had a story about the seven year-old friendship between Mr.and Mrs. Anderson and Mr. and Mrs. Endo. From the 1st Taylor Bunko dedication in September, 2011 to the 13th just installed. https://www.facebook.com/mihoko.terada/videos/2102644139753689/UzpfSTY4MzA5NzIzMTc1MDg4NToxODMwNzkwNzM2OTgxNTIz/

We had our board meeting on March 4th at the American Japan Society to decide on programs for the upcoming year. We are thankful to have a dedicated board who continues to work on recovery for the area.

“Little by Little Matching Campaign” through Friday, April 13th!

This week is GlobalGiving’s Little by Little Matching Campaign and it's all about small donations adding up to BIG change

Starting now, $50,000 in matching funds are up for grabs. GlobalGiving will match eligible donations up to $50 at 50% while funds remain, or until the campaign ends at 11:59pm ET on Friday, April 13th. 

All week long there will be a 100% match on new recurring donations. And, at the end of the week, we'll know who the lucky five projects are who'll win the $3,000 in bonus prizes ($1,000, $800, $600, $400, $200) for most funds raised. 

Thank you for your support which helps us continue programs like these to help Ishinomaki families, schools and students affected by the disaster to continue to recover, learn and expand their horizons! Please follow us on Facebook/Tamfjp

Kokoro Smile Grief Care Center Visit
Kokoro Smile Grief Care Center Visit
Shoku no Kakehashi Fundraising Luncheon
Shoku no Kakehashi Fundraising Luncheon
Ishinomaki Senshu University Taylor Bunko Visit
Ishinomaki Senshu University Taylor Bunko Visit
Nikkei Article - Ogatsu ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Nikkei Article - Ogatsu ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Ogatsu ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Ogatsu ES Taylor Bunko Dedication
Ishinomaki Mayor Visit
Ishinomaki Mayor Visit

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The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund

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