We loaded 90 wheelchairs on the ship for Nepal.*

 We loaded 90 wheelchairs on the ship for Nepal. The wheelchairs will arive at Calcutta Port in India on July 23.
  We updated the Donation Record Graph. The detail is from here.

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 Mr. KATANO, our chief director, passed away on June 20.

Message of Condolence from the president, Hirokazu Morita

 Mr. Katano made every effort to promote our activities for 15 years from the very beginning. With his broad overseas network, he kept catching contact with foreign partners and negotiating with the government. Moreover, he tried to grasp the circumstances of needy children by visiting children who were donated wheelchairs. He passed away at the age of 80. Without his sincere and energetic work, our organization would not have made such progress. I’m determined to keep his deep thought in mind and work on our activity of sending wheelchairs to overseas children.
 May his soul rest in peace.  


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Mr. Katano, getting a child on his new wheelchair and trying to see if it’s comfortable for him, in Laos, March 2017.

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 We loaded 80/160/90 wheelchairs on the ship.*

 We loaded 80 wheelchairs on the ship for Paraguay. Plus, 160 for Indonesia, 90 for Ethiopia in March.
  We updated the Donation Record Graph. The detail is from here.

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 We need a lot more wheelchairs!

  We are really grateful that our organization has been supported by various kinds of people and groups.
 With the help of special schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area we have been delivering about 7,000 wheelchairs for children to 23 countries around the world since we started our activities in 2004.

  Wheelchairs made in Japan are quite easy to use and highly valued because they are adjustable to each child with different disabilities. A growing number of groups of supporting disabled children and nursing home overseas have been asking us to help them with our wheelchairs.

  However, the number of wheelchairs provided by special schools in the Tokyo metropolitan area this year is only the half of last year and our stock has become smaller too. Lack of wheelchairs will make it difficult to deliver the sufficient number of wheelchairs to needy children. At this time of the year many parents might be thinking of renewing their child’s wheelchairs. So, please call the PTA members for support and ask such parents to provide us with those wheelchairs which are not used any more.

  A transportation company in Hamura collects wheelchairs at a low price for us. In order to save money we ask the company to collect more than 15 to 20 wheelchairs for one time. When the number of wheelchairs at one school is small, the truck goes to a few more schools nearby and tries to collect as many as possible.

  We don’t want to see Japanese expensive wheelchairs thrown away, which is really “MOTTAINAI.” We want to make good use of them instead and deliver them to needy children overseas. We would like to ask for your cooperation.

Contact: Hirokazu Morita  
       TEL:090-7239-7264   E-mail:info@kotobukiya.com

 
Refer to here   

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 The Paraguay Ambassador to Japan visited us.*

The detail is from here.

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 The project report from Laos is on the site.*

Mr. Somphet, president of The Aid Children with Disability Association(ACDA) in Laos, sent us the report of 90 wheelchair donation project. The report is on the site of “Donation Record (Laos March, 2017)”. The detail is from here.

The report itelf is from here.(You can see it directly)

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 The first monthly meeting in 2018.*

  We held the first monthly meeting in 2018. The detail is from here.

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 The boy in Tanzania goes to school on his wheelchair.*

  Mr. Ikeda, who made an ascent of Mt. Kilimanjaro, sent us a mail saying that the Tanzanian boy goes to school on his wheelchair.
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  I got a mail with a couple of pictures from Peter, NPO member in Tanzania.
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“Regan is back to school. Thanks. Please send our special thanks to NPO of Japan.”

The boy is behind his classmates because of his legs, but he has got to go to school of his own will, which is quite a big step forward.

I can’t say thank you enough. I really appreciate your help.

Ikeda
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 We loaded 84 wheelchairs on the ship for Philippines.*

 We loaded 84 wheelchairs on the ship for Philippines.
  We updated the Donation Record Graph. The detail is from here.

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 We held the handing over ceremony in Vietnam.*

 On September 27, we held the handing over ceremony with our partner, Vietnam Red Cross Society, at a Red Cross office in Phu Tho Province, two-hours’ drive from Hanoi. Executives from both Vietnam Red Cross Headquarter and Phu Tho Provincial Red Cross Chapter, representative children, and their families attended the ceremony.

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(left) Recipients and Red Cross Society staff.
(right) Mr. Oda, greeting at the ceremony

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