Since our initial work at landslide site in Atami, Shizuoka Prefecture, our staff and volunteers have been visiting the community twice a month to run psychosocial support through exercise programs for the elderly and children's program with fun and craft activities, and also were busy visiting elderly residents in their homes to make sure everything is OK.
Report from our local coordinator:
On January 6th, the children's association ran a "Fun Party" where 27 childfren attended.
There was a treasure hunt for candy, Bingo games.
We are happy to see the joyful conversations and the smiling faces of the children.
We also did joint events with the senior citizen's and the children, by making a lunch together!
Our Christmas giving campaign also went very well. residents were visited with a gift of rice and greeting card, and time to share some time for conversation to cheer up the locals. When comments we received were, "I don't usually get any presents at all" ... I"'m really happy!" "We are so pleased."
This past year was a difficult time for the community due to the landslide. But it is a joy to see smiling faces every time we see the children and the senior citizens who particpate in our programs.
Thank you very much for your interest and support.