Thanks to your continuing support, JOEE is now teaching lessons at an additional orphange, this time in Nagoya at the Wakamatsu-Ryo home. Although institutions in Japan still limit their visitors out of caution during the pandemic, JOEE continues to bring joyful English lessons via Skype to young children. “I’m so happy!” is what many of the children say while sitting in their little chairs waiting for the lesson to start. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me as well! Bringing joy along with education is what JOEE is all about. At Christmas time, with the help of two international schools in Tokyo, we were able to provide a bag of gifts to every child in two orphanages!
Besides teaching lessons for free at three separate orphanages, JOEE’s founding director, Ruth Ingulsrud, also tutors students and welcomes other paying teaching jobs that direct funds into JOEE to keep our little nonprofit going. We especially appreciate our three monthly donors whose regular donations help us to continue. Please consider a gift to JOEE during the "Little by Little" matching fund campaign from March 8 to 12!
Along with teaching English using puppets and games, JOEE also produces teaching videos. Here is an example of a JOEE original song, “Put Your Hat On,” made with the help of volunteer students at an international school and some helpful puppets: https://youtu.be/0gLZufMpJ1s
How is JOEE faring during the pandemic? Still hopping along with four lessons taught every week at St. Francisco Children's Home in Ota-ku, Tokyo. Most of our lessons are taught via Skype from my puppet-strewn basement studio, but about once a month, we are allowed into the orphanage to conduct an in-person lesson. These are joyful times with bubbles being blown, balls being thrown and dancing being done with exuberance. Masks must be worn at all times, of course, but this does not dampen the enthusiasm of our little learners.
Most of our fundraisers had to be canceled due to Covid-19 restrictions, but we are looking forward to one event on November 10 at the Embassy of Mexico in Tokyo. We have reserved a large enough room to accommodate 30 to 40 members of the International Ladies' Benevolent Society who are interested in JOEE's work at orphanages in Japan. We have a slideshow and presentation planned and will bring the puppets and props needed for a sample demonstration lesson.
JOEE is hoping to find more monthly donors and possibly even corporate donors as we move forward to reach out to more instutionalized care homes. Already we have heard from homes and individuals around the world who are using free online JOEE lessons to help teach English to small children. Find the lessons on YouTube by searching for the channel labeled "Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud" or by clicking on the following link:
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