With the global pandemic shutting down JOEE's planned fundraisers, we have turned to an online option. No more meeting with potential donors at luncheons or evening events. No more lively family concerts in close quarters with puppets, guitars and harmonicas adding to the celebration... at least for now. We are making our appeal through the digital and social media lines of communication.
Here's what JOEE has been doing: Continuing to bring English lessons to kids at St. Francisco Children's Home in Ota-ku. Lessons must be given via Skype, but the enthusiasm of the little ones has not dropped off. When the lessons start they run into the room and head straight for the video screen, shouting "Hello!" and "How are you?" They love to have the puppets talk directly to them through the camera, and are eager to step up close to the screen to practice their English.
One of their favorite games lately, has been a rapid, number-flash-card exercise. They are learning their numbers in English and try to be the first one to call out the correct name in English. They also enjoy the slly hat game as they name colors of hats pulled out of a bag and worn by puppets and instructor. Learning English is fun! This is one of our main goals: to show that learning is a fun and exciting adventure. Thank you for helping to make this ministry of JOEE possible!
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