By Andy Anderson and Mihoko Terada - Project Leader and Representative
Big Up Ishinomaki Community Activities
Big Up Ishinomaki Community Space
Big Up Ishinonmaki is a volunteer group based in Okaido, Ishinomaki since soon after the disaster. They plan to build a playground for kids. A new kid’s house called “Angel House” is to open on March 14, 2015 with the help of TAMF. This group organized a picnic of 100 children to a national park in Sendai. A lot of volunteers come in and out to join this group and find things to do. They coordinate and send those volunteers to the Ishinomaki communities. Some of the volunteer activities were a cosmetic company visited the Cosmos House to give free make-up lessons for the affected old ladies and a music therapy team worked with Down's syndrome children. Big Up Ishinomaki held a Summer festival for Okaido community in Ishinomaki. The festival used to be held every summer by the community itself before the disaster, but the community disappeared.
Taylor Book Club
TAMF worked with Project Yui to hold an Ishinomaki teacher’s workshop on book clubs. This program offers opportunities for teachers to discuss how to teach reading for students. They exchange what they found by reading the same book at the same time with the help of instructors. Teachers have limited opportunities to prepare classes after the disaster. Sincere teachers are enthusiastically learning for their students.
Yui no ie Nursery
Daycare facilities are very limited in Ishinomaki. Yui No Ie Nursery helps many mothers so that they can raise their children and work or take care of other necessary tasks. TAMF assisted the Yui no Ie Nursery to purchase a nursery cart. This transportation device is used to carry 5-6 small children to take them to the park. In the case of emergency, its nurses can easily help those children evacuated by using this cart.
Ishinomaki schools do not have full-time librarians, which limits the opportunities for children to find books at libraries. Taylor loved reading which helped her find her dreams. TAMF helps Ishinomaki school libraries to have librarians and become places for children to enjoy books and explore their dreams. This also helps to create job opportunities for local people.
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