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Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp

by Operation Blessing Japan
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp
Send 80 Fukushima Children to a Safe Summer Camp

The Operation Blessing Japan team is developing plans for this year's camp. We have decided to use the same camp facilities as we did last year and are working out details of the programs which will include outdoor activities in forested play areas and on beaches of Miyagi Prefecture, indoor craft activities, games, campfire sing-a-long, and much more.

Children in Fukushima still live under the shadow of the nuclear power plant disaster. Every child has to undergo regular scans and thyroid checks, to monitor any adverse effects from the nuclear radiation. Though levels have decreased since the disaster 8 years ago, levels are still higher than normal, and there are still areas off limits due to the dangerous radiation level.

If you would like to view a video of our work in Fukushima, which includes the children's camps, please go to the link below. Thank you for your ongoing support of our projects in Fukushima.

Don Thomson,

National Director 

Links:

The Operation Blessing Japan team is already developing plans for this year's camps. Staff are checking out suitable camp facilities, and working out details of the programs.

This year, we are looking at doing slightly longer camp for more intense camp experience.

Children in Fukushima still live under the shadow of the nuclear power plant disaster. Every child has to undergo regular scans and thyroid checks, to monitor any adverse effects from the nuclear radiation. Though levels have decreased since the disaster 8 years ago, levels are still higher than normal, and there are still areas off limits due to the dangerous radiation level.

If you would like to view a video of our work in Fukushima, which includes the children's camps, please go to the link below.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our projects in Fukushima.

Don Thomson, National Director

Links:

Flyer for the event
Flyer for the event

Many of the children who participated in our camp program last summer, will be joining us for the Family Christmas event in Minami Soma on December 1st.

Children and their parents will be treated to songs by our local gospel choir, and singing and talks from Kiko Wilson, a talented American-Japanese children's entertainer for events and TV shows around Japan. There will be cakes and dessert, and lots of presents.

Thank you for supporting our programs, and helping us spread Christmas cheer to the communities living in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

And we take this opportunity to also wish you a Merry Christmas from Operation Blessing Japan!

Don Thomson, National Director

Operation Blessing Japan

Our safe summer camps for Fukushima children held in July and August were a great success.

The children were taken by bus to a camping facility in Miyagi Prefecture, where they enjoyed outdoor barbeque, campfire, songs, craft time and bedtime story.

The following day, the children piled into the buses and traveled to Shiogawa Port where they boarded a ferry which took them to Katsurajima Island. Here they were met by one of the local fishermen who was our guide to the island.

The children looked for crabs and other sea creatures in the sand with the tide out, and also did some cleanup of the beach from trash that had drifted ashore.

After a "seafood" lunch prepared by the local fishermen's wives, the children were able to play on another private beach on the island and paddle in the water. 

After returning to the mainland campsite, there was dinner and time for singing and bedtime story.

On the last day, the children had another morning session with crafts and then were taken to an adventure playground at a nearby wooded area before heading home on the bus.

Misaki's mother reported that this was the first time that her daughter had been able to swim in the ocean since the disaster. She felt her child has grown stronger, and more cooperative since attending the camp. Other parents gave similar high marks for the camp and were excited that their child could spend time in the great outdoors.

Thank you for creating special memories for these precious children from Fukushima.

Happy campers from last year
Happy campers from last year's camp

 Slots for safe summer camp are filling fast! First camp is slated for July 26 - 28, and second camp will be August 23 - 25.

Children will be picked up in Minami Soma and taken by bus to the retreat center in Miyagi Prefecture, where lots of fun at the wooded campsite are in store.

On the second day, children will be taken by ferry into Matsushima Bay to the Urato Islands, where they will enjoy looking for shellfish on the beach, and having a swim.

Plans are also in the works for a campfire, crafts and games.

Staff are making the preparations, and there is a lot of excitement.

Thank you for your support of this important project to give the children in Fukushima a reprieve from their environment in the shadow of the nuclear disaster.

 

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Operation Blessing Japan

Location: Tomiya Shi - Japan
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Project Leader:
Chie Niimi
Tomiya Shi, Japan
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