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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

Our safe summer camp for Fukushima children held in July was a great success with 56 children participating.

Many parents in Fukushima are reluctant to let their children play outside, because of uncertain health risks from radioactivity. Operation Blessing has been providing what those families need: a variety of experiences in beautiful nature and a risk-free environment where kids can experiment and play. The theme of the camp was: You are Special!

Day 1

The camp was held at the Morigo Camp Site surrounded by a beautiful mystical forest. First, there were ice-breaking games. Many children looked nervous to be in a new place with new people, but they soon began to interact and were having fun.

For dinner, the children made hamburgers and hot-dogs cooked on a barbeque and finished up with marshmallow s’mores.

DAY 2

Our second day began with craft time. Today we made Pine Cone Lambs! Supplies were pine cones, clay, beads and pipe cleaner which the children made into pretty little lambs. After lunch, as it was raining, we visited the Sendai Science Museum. There were exhibits about life science, the science of play, environmental science, and flight. The kids seemed to be quite interested in examining the shapes, colors and sounds in nature. After returning to the campsite, there was dinner and time for singing and enjoying animated Bible stories.

DAY 3

On the third and final day, as the rain had stopped, we finally were able to go to the beach. Swimming in the sea is a big event for Fukushima kids, as beaches near their home have been off-limits following the nuclear disaster. We piled onto the camp buses and headed to Tsukihama beach. This scenic beach on the southern tip of Miyato Island in Higashi Matsushima is a popular swimming spot because of its calm waves. This was an exciting time for the children.

After changing clothes and getting back on the bus, it was time to make our way back home. Many kids told us that camp was so much fun and that they had made new friends. Some said they wanted to join the summer camp again next year.

One of the boy’s father reported that this was the third time that his son had participated in an Operation Blessing safe camp for kids. He really appreciates this opportunity because his child can play outside freely without the fear of health risks from radioactivity, and is able to join in new activities. He always looks forward to seeing his son coming back from camp because his boy always comes home "bigger and stronger.”

Our camps for Fukushima kids started because of the nuclear disaster of March 2011. We see that a long-term solution is to not only provide some temporary relief for the children from their home situations but to instill hope in the children which will benefit each family in the future.

Thanks to partners like you, we have been able to make a real difference in the lives of the kids in Fukushima that we serve.

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 

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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:

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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.

 

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Operation Blessing Japan

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