Education  Japan Project #16403

Rebuilding community from tsunami with education

by sweet treat 311
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Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education

Dear supporters,
Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our third  summer.  It was a rainy summer one hundred children visited our summer program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.  
It has been over six and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes have finally been built, and more locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  We have been working closely with local elementary school to visit monthly to learn about sustainability as well as their hometown.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.
Artist at MORIUMIUS project has been very active this past summer, receving three artist from U.K. and first domestic artist from Akita.  They have provided so many creative moments for children but also for the local community.  Now MORIUMIUS is filled with art, becoming to be an art museum!
Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant “Gordon Ramsey" in UK, and former champion of World Pasta Championship.  His special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.
Past weekend was a very special weekend at MORIUMIUS.  As fall approaches, our 6th annual sporting event was organized with the local community.  More than one hundred locals as well as families and corporate guests gathered to organize one big event focused on sports.  Many physical activities even for older generation was held.  MORIUMIUS was filled with so many smiles!
Warm regards,
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Planting rice
Planting rice

Dear supporters,

Thank you always for your support.  We are heading to summer, season of planting rice at MORIUMIUS as well as local organic rice farmer.

We have been busy working with local elementary school to organize monthly sustainable learning program.  Every month since April, students spend one day at MORIUMIUS.  In order for them to understand more about the natrual environment of Ogatsu, become greener citizen, and gain proud to be local, the program will continue until March. 

Fisrt week of May is holiday week in Japan.  Many children have gathered to participate to photograph workshop with porfessional photographer visiting from Tokyo.  Children explore the nature of Ogatsu, taking photographs in the forest, farm land, and at ocean.  Working with non profit organization helping children from low income families have raise fund to invite children to MORIUMIUS.  Three days program in nature with locals empowered them to be away from home, spend quality time with friends, and learn how to be sustainable.

Newly renovated former princpals house has been in use by the locals.  Recently, we have organized event to hear stories of the school when they were young.  Interns who have been working with us since June had good interaction with the locals.

We are going to organize one week program starting from July 22.  There will be five weeks of the most exciting time at MORIUMIUS.  Children from all around the world will gather and enjoy the rich nature as well as local people.  I will update you about this summer in the next newsletter.

Warm regards,

Gentaro Yui

Planting rice in front of MORIUMIUS
Planting rice in front of MORIUMIUS
Photograph workshop
Photograph workshop
Feedback session with professional photographer
Feedback session with professional photographer
Local ladies gathered to share their stories
Local ladies gathered to share their stories
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Dear supporter,

Thank you for your continous support.  After the cold winter, spring is almost here at MORIUMIUS!

Cherry trees are getting ready to bloom, and plum trees have already started to bloom.  We have had cold but exciting winter.  Miso making is only done in winter.  Twenty five local children gathered to create miso for next year.  Using local organic soybeans with handmade Koji, bacteria necessary to ferment miso, and with handmade salt we have created over 100kg of miso in one day!  Also, winter is the season for seaweed.  Children will go out to ocean to collect seaweed with fisherman.  One of the most important seaweed in Japan is Konbu.  Konbu is used dry to make delicous broth.  Childen layed Konbu seaweed on the wood deck of MORIUMIUS to be dried.

Now we are in Spring Break, many children are gathering.  One of the highlight was that we had a group from a foster home in Tokyo.  They seemed to enjoyed the nature, sustainable living of MORIUMIUS, and certainly shocked with the story of Ogatsu listening to a local storyteller.  Children seemed to be motivated and created connection to the community.

Our newest member, Berinda, a goat who was pregnant arrived in January and gave birth to twin girls in February.  They are now a important member in our sustainable life.

Last news would be to renovate the old house that principals of the elementary school used to live.  Once an old house is now turned into community cafe for locals to gather.  Although population is still 1/4 of the original, it was a bright news for locals.  They were so happy to see the house been renovated, already gathering daily basis and interacting with visiting children.

Going into warm season, MORIUMIUS will be filled with voices of children.  Please keep watching us for more amazing journey providing learning opportunity to revitalize community.

  

Pasting soy beans to create miso
Pasting soy beans to create miso
Drying Konbu seaweed
Drying Konbu seaweed
Berinda and her little twins
Berinda and her little twins
Newly renovated community cafe
Newly renovated community cafe
Locals having lunch with children
Locals having lunch with children
Locals happy to open as community cafe
Locals happy to open as community cafe
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Dear supporter,

Happy new year!  We are very thankful for your continuous support in 2016.  Last year was another special year for us, going into second year in operation receiving more children locally as well as internationally.  Over one thousand children have gathered to MORIUMIUS.  Once an abandoned school is full of energy.  Locals are starting to feel that their community once damaged by tsunami is been revitalized.

Local develepment is still slow.  Permanent homes are almost completed, and locals are starting to coming back to their hometown.  Local elementary school is under construction, and is planned to be opened in July 2017.  

It was the season for rice rice harvest of rice.  Children participated in cutting rice plant out from the rice field in front of MORIUMIUS.  It was easy to cut, but difficult to dry.  Many of them have finally realized how the rice they eat everyday have grown and produced.  This rice field was build to recycle waste water from the facility in order to reuse and create natural lives.  It is one of the system to feel sustainability.

One of the highlight for fall/ winter season is to invite local children who's family members were victimized.  Working with NPOs supporting those children, children seemed very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.  

Also in October, we have organized to invite children from Kumamoto Prefecture, southern part of Japan where massive earthquake struck in April.  Fifteen children who have lost their homes visited us to join our annual sporting event.  Sporting event is a seasonal event where many locals gather to participate various sport programs together.  Many children as well as volunteers joins this occation.  Children from Kumamoto enjoyed the event, they seemed happy to be away from the disaster area since aftershock has still been happening.  We are trying to create another opportunity for these children to be invited.  We have created a project page in Global Giving to raise fund for invitation tour.

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kumamoto-to-moriumius

Thank you again for your support.  Without it, we would not be able to provide unique learning opportunities as well as interaction to local communities.  I hope to grow and continue this great venture so that the community will revitalize through education.

Warm regards,

 

Cutting rice plant from rice field
Cutting rice plant from rice field
Drying in an natural way
Drying in an natural way
Highlight of the sporting event
Highlight of the sporting event
Kumamoto children perform dance from their region
Kumamoto children perform dance from their region
Children and locals get together
Children and locals get together
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Dear supporters,

Thank you for your continuous support!  MORIUMIUS has finished our second summer.  It was a rainy summer but more than one hudred children joined our one week program.  Mixture of local, national, and international children gathered to MORIUMIUS to enjoy the nature as well as to interact with local people.  Learning sustainable living through experiences in forest, farm land, and ocean were the theme here, adding local culture and history of what happen on March 11, 2011.  

It has been over five and a half year since the disaster struck this region.    Permanent homes have finally been built, and locals are starting to come back to their hometown.  We have been inviting local children who's family members were victimized.  They are very happy to be in nature, and to be with children gathering from around the world.

Artist at MORIUMIUS project started in summer, receving three artist from New Zealand, Canada, and from USA.  They have provided creative moments for children but also for the local community.  A home of a local lady who do not usually go out was turned into a place for art workshop.  Locals enjoyed new experience, spending memorable time with an artist.

Also, we have had special guest such as former chef at world renowned restaurant "El Bulli" in Spain as well as theatical director in Broadway creating special programs for children.  Their special talent added unique experiences that children could not gain.

Thank you again for your support.  Without it, we would not be able to provide unique learning opportunities as well as interaction to local communities.  I hope to grow and continue this great venture so that the community will revitalize through education.

Warm regards,

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Location: Ishinomaki, Miyagi - Japan
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Gentaro Yui
Ishinomaki, Miyagi Japan
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