Monthly Activity

Monthly Activity

 We have monthly meetings on the third Sunday to refurbish and pack wheelchairs.This page shows what our monthly meeting is like.

August 20, 2017 We have finished refurbishing 90 wheelchairs for Nepal.

 It’s still August, but neither boiling hot nor rainy and about 70 participants, the biggest number so far, joined today’s work. We refurbished 29 wheelchairs and have finished 90 wheelchairs for Nepal in total. We also finished packing 43 for the Phillippines with no refurbishing work. We don’t have to since our partner organization in the Phillipines is able to do refurbishing work by themselves.

 It’s a little after ten a.m. Lots of volunteers had already come and started to work.
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 Today’s participants: 12 members from Tokyo Akishima Chuo Rotary Club, 10 Nepalese residents in Japan, 15 students from Sagami Women’s University, Fussa High School students, Tama Technical High School students, and other volunteering members.
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(Photo left)This volunteer says he is interested in such work and that he is thinking about associating our activities with the bike-related events he has been hosting.
(Photo right)This volunteer also joined our activity for the first time. Good Job!
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(Photo left)A boy in Nepalese group doing his part.
(Photo right)Tokyo Akishima Chuo Rotary Club members working energetically.
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(Photo right)Packing carefully so that wheelchairs will not get damaged during transportation.
(Photo left)Wheelchairs waiting for loading onto a container.
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We sometimes fix armrests.
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These armrest need exchanging. First, we remove them.

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We get new cushions and cover them with new cloths.

Nicest treat for the work in such a muggy day: watermelons and cool drinks!
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(Photo left)Volunteers listening to our staff member’s talk about today’s work.
(Photo right)A member of Nepalese group thanking for today’s refurbishing work for Nepal and hoping for another project.
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Taking pictures of all the participants.

We refurbished 40 wheelchairs for Nepal.* 

 It was a boiling hot day! Over 60 participants were welcomed with plenty of cold water, salty candy, and watermelons and finished refurbishing 40 wheelchairs and 5 buggies as scheduled.

 Sagami Women’s University members were learning how to fix wheelchairs.
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 Students from Tama Technical High School and Fussa High School were working in high spirits.
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 Vietnamese members join our activity regularly. They are the main force now.
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 Local elementary students joined, working hard on cleaning and packing wheelchairs. We’re glad to hear them say “It was fun!” after today’s work.

A Nepalese member joined with her son.

A two-year-old Vietnamese girl made everyone smile. How cute!

(Photo lower left)Lunchtime. Sagami Women’s University members having discussion over lunch.
(Photo lower right)Vitnamese members having lunch.
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Watermelon tastes best in hot summer, providing energy.
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Refurbishing work finished. Thank you, everyone!

Mar.19th 2017 We refurbished 30 wheelchairs for Vietnam.

 Today’s participants were 12 Vietnamese members, 8 Sagami Women’s College members, 3 Tama Technical high school members, Ethiopian and other volunteers, about 40 in total.
 We finished refurbishing 30 wheelchairs for Vietnam and the finished units for Vietnam is 35 so far.

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A volunteer from Ethiopia exchanging wheels under the guidance of an experienced member.

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Changing a specially designed form into a ordinary one.

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An employee of Nikko Asset Management joined with his son, who had seen our website and decided to come.

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(Left)   We take apart unusable wheelchairs and remove any usable parts.
(Right) Reclining function has come to life after exchanging parts.

Today’s participants.

Feb.19th 2017 We refurbished 17 wheelchairs for Thailand.

Under the severe weather with freezing wind and a bit of sunshine, about thirty participants—Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Sagami Women’s College group, Tama Technical high school group, and other volunteers— did refurbishing work. Today we finished 17 units for Thailand and 4 units for Vietnam. Thank you everyone for your hard work!

(Left) We started with cleaning wheelchairs as usual.
(Right) Tama Technical high school students.
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(Left) Vitnamese group .
(Right) Ethiopian group.
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(Left) Measuring the seat of a wheelchair.
(Right) We enter the measurements in the card for each wheelchair and send the
information to recipients.
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We put labels on refurbished wheelchairs. Besides our NGO’s logo, there are labels of Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Sagami Women’s college, and Nikko Asset Management, our supporting organizations.

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At the end of today’s meeting, Ms. Koizumi and Miss Imai told the participants about their project in Cambodia. Ms. Koizumi and students of Sagami Women’s college visited Cambodia and attended the handover ceremony with Mr. Oda.
(Left:Ms. Koizumi Right:Miss Imai)


Today’s participants.

As a member of monthly meetings

As a member of monthly meetings
A friend from high school told me about this organization, Sending Wheelchairs Overseas, at a class reunion and I have joined in this activity since then. The friend had also told me about the activity of sending used schoolbags overseas.

Those schoolbags which are collected and sent overseas are full of notebooks and pencils, he said. How nice of those who have sent these schoolbags!

I remembered how I felt when I heard about the sending schoolbag activity and that heart-warming feeling led me to become a member in the wheelchair-refurbishing work.

In our activity it is necessary to do elaborate refurbishing work so that every wheelchair will be sent in good condition.

I had had some experince of fixing bicycles and I thought I could fix wheelchairs in the same way, but, to my surprise, there are no identical wheelchairs. Each wheelchair is custom-made according to its user’s disability.

So, we need to think of the best way of fixing indivisual wheelchair.
On the other hand, we use standard valve rubber to all the wheelchairs so that the users overseas can get the part easily.

We work cheerfully with college students, high school students, overseas students, people from Vietnam and Ethiopia, and with regular and temporary volunteers.

There is a manager of wheelchair maker among the regular members and he is always a helpful instructor for other members with less experince.
I hope more people get interested in our activity and join us.

Jan. 25 2017 Hiroshi Nakao

Mr. Nakao is at refurbishing wotk.

Jan. 15th 2017 We refurbished 25 wheelchairs for Thailand.

It was so cold! We could hardly get warm even with a heater.
Thank you, everyone, for the tough work today.

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Today’s refurbishing work was for Thailand again. There were about forty participants, Sagami Women’s college team, Tama Technical High School team, Vietnamese team, and other volunteers. We finished 25 wheelchairs today,
making it 63 so far. We plan to refurbish 80 wheelchairs for Thailand in total.

We stick a label which represents our organization on every wheelchair.
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Doing elaborate refurbishing work as usual.
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(Left)Packing in the warehouse(a bit warmer).
(Right)The wheelchairs for Thailand(already refurbished).
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Lunchtime. Thai noodles and Vietnamese Chimaki(rice confection).
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Very hot noodle. Today’s cook is Mr. Sakamoto, chef of a Thai restaurant,
, in Kitasenju. Thank you for your support, Mr. Sakamoto!

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(Right)Mr. Sakamoto, serving Thai noodles to the participants in the
       outdoor kitchen.

Vietnamese Chimaki, a dish for the New Year in Vietnam.
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A Vietnamese member cutting Chimaki into small pieces.

After lunch, we continued our work and finished as scheduled.

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(Left)Participants listening to today’s results.
(Right)Taking pictures of today’s members..

Dec.18 2016 We did refurbishing 32 wheelchairs for Thailand.*

Dec. 18, Sun. We did refurbishing 32 wheelchairs and put them in the warehouse. We’ll have finished 90 wheelchairs for Thailand by February and are planning to send them in March.

The weather was fine and we started working as usual.
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(Left) We place a new tire on the wheel with no tire or with a cracked one.
(Right) A volunteer learning how to exchange bigger wheels.

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Cleaning and packing.

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After packing, we put wheelchairs one by one into the warehouse.

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(Left) Mrs. Okada, an ex-president of the PTA of Koshigaya special school
in Saitama, and her son. He was watching her working with us. Mrs. Okada has been of a great help for us in collecting used wheelchairs.
(Right) Mr. Oda talks about today’s result.

Taking pictures of all the participants today.

Dec.3 2016 We did extra work — packing wheelchairs for Malaysia.

 There are various kinds of wheelchairs for children corresponding to different condition of each child who uses them. Also, what kind of wheelchair is needed varies from country to country.
We did extra packing work for Malaysia, where wooden wheelchairs for indoor use are needed.

 The recipient organization of Malaysia has its own factory, where they can refurbish wheelchairs on their own, so we are going to send wheelchairs without refurbishing them this time.

 There were 14 participants, including Ethiopian group and Vietnamese group, and the work was done as scheduled.

Wheelchairs waiting for packing.
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Packing work went on smoothly.
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Finished packing.

Measuring the weight after packing. Put the number of each wheelchair and store them in the warehouse.
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 The wheelchairs packed today are to be put in a container truck on Dec. 6, loaded into a ship on Dec. 12, and arrive in Malaysia on Dec. 19.

Nov. 20, 2016 We did refurbishing work for Cambodia and Thailand.

 Believe or not, it seldom rains on our meeting day. Though we’ve had a sprinkle sometimes, there has been no rain heavy enough to prevent our activity for the past several years.
 About 45 people met today, including Vietnamese team, Sagami Women’s College team, Tama Technical High School team, Ethiopian team, and regular volunteers. We finished refurbishing 23 wheelchairs for Cambodia, getting 90 wheelchairs ready in total for Cambodia. We also refurbished 6 wheelchairs, starting for Thailand.

Wheelchairs waiting for refurbishement.

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(top left) airgun for blowing away small dust in the gap
(top right) filling solution so that there will be no need for repair
         in case of puncture

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                 scale for measuring weight

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                            overhaul cleaning after removing a wheel
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         Participants listening to Mr. Morita, the president.

               All the participants today.

Oct. 16 2016 We did refurbishing work for Cambodia.

 It cleared up in the morning and we started refurbishing work for Cambodia. Nearly 70 members joined today’s work, including Vietnamese group, Sagami Women’s College group, Nikko Asset Management group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, a volunteer from Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd., and other regular volunteers. Though it became cloudy while working and it rained a little, the work went smoothly and we finished refurbishing 43 wheelchairs today, which means we have finished 67 in total. We’ll have reached 90, our original goal for Cambodia next month.

 Today’s lunch was Vietamense dishes, Pho and Spring rolls, made by Vietnamese group. They did everything for our lunch, from getting foodstuff, preparing cookware, and cooking. Everyone must have had the same feeling, a sense of unity. Thank you, Vietnamese Group!

Our working place: Tama Wrapping Kogyo Corp.

Mr. Oda is explaining today’s working procedure to participants.

Refurbishing work, as usual.
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Vietnamese members preparing Pho(left) and Spring roll(right).
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Pho is ready                    Yummy!
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Work in the afternoon: packing, measuring, and putting in the warehouse.
(photo in the lower right shows the warehouse before storing)
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Cleaning up and putting things in order: these are important work, too.
Participants listening to today’s results.
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Taking pictures of all the participants.