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.

 Sep. 16, 2018 We finished refurbishing wheelchairs for India.

  Under the cloudy sky we started our monthly meeting with the regular groups, Vietnamese team, Sagami Women’s University team, Tama Technical high school team, Ethiopian team, and voluntary members, more than 60 in total.
  Now that we finished wheelchairs for India, they are to be shipped within September.Today’s special guests were Imai and Kitamura, who had graduated from Sagami Women’s University this March, and Mr. Nakajima from the NPO, ILSI, who had kindly supported the exhibition of drawings from overseas children at Fussa Art Gallery. There was also a new volunteer, Katayama, working as a hairmake artist in Tokyo.

  The sky cleared up pleasant in the afternoon, when all the participants left for home. 

(left) Sagami Women’s University graduates, Imai(right) and Kitamura(left).
(right) Both graduates were giving tips to the freshmen so that refurbishing work would go smoothly. It’s so nice of you, two!
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(left) Yamashita and Katayama(center). On the left is Kimura, who works mostly for Thailand.
(right) Mr. Nakajima. This was his first visit to our meeting.
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(left) Tama Technical high school team, Mr. Takano and two students.
(right) They are from the NPO, Support Asia For Children Japan,one of the Ethiopian teams. The president, Mr. Aoyagi, Mr. Nakadai, and Mr. Yamada(from left to right).
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(left) Ms. Sakurabayashi, one of our regular voluntary members, is a friend of Mr.Oda, a director of our NPO,from high school.
(right) Mr.Toshima, who has been a regular voluntary member for over ten years, and Oda.
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Walking trainers are also helpful in many countries.
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The senior members teaching the freshmen how to fold walking trainers. It’s not easy to fold and make up at first.
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(left) We take some parts out of the wheelchair which cannot be used any more as a wheelchair.
(right) Measuring the weight after packing and put the serial number.
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Vietnamese team is a powerful workforce in the activity. They are really helpful!
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(left) Sagami Women’s University team filling in the checking sheet as a final task.
(right) The members giving directions about how to pack wheelchairs.
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We put the complete wheelchairs one by one in the warehouse.
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(left) Lunchtime. We always have lunch together like this.
(right) You can have lunch inside, too.
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Sagami Women’s University team.

Participants listening to today’s report from a director, Mr.Oda.

Today’s participants.

 Aug. 19, 2018 We finished refurbishing 80 wheelchairs for Thailand.

  It was another hot summer day after several days of fierce heat. More than 70 participants joined the monthly meeting and finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Thailand.
  In addition to the regular members, Sagami Women’s university team, Vietnamese team, and Tama Technical high school team, there were Akishima Chuo Rotary Club members, who have been supporting the Thai project. We also had Fussa high school students and other high school students, a boy named Kaito, Picasso Maria Christina, through Fussa Volunteer Societ. Christina is a granddaughter of the famous painter, Pablo Picasso and has been a resident in Fussa for over 27 years.

  The wheelchairs complete with refurbishing are to be loaded into the container on 29th and shipped on September 2nd for Bankok. The donation ceremony is to be held at the end of October, after the Asian Paralympics, and Akishima Chuo Rotary Club members are palnning to attend it.

Fussa high school students joined the activity like in July.
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Akishima Chuo Rotary Club members.
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Christina and our president, Mr. Morita.
Christina said she knew our activity and had been interested it.
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Kaito, like last month, was in charge of weighing wheelchairs and got relaxed in a packing sheet during his work.
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A Nepali family joins our activity almost every month.
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Participants working together.
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Working in the shade, preventing the strong sunlight.

Yamashita, who visited Ethiopia last month, Ethiopian team, Nagamine, and her daughter, Kanon.
They had fun talking about his stay in Ethiopia.

Relaxing time with lunch.
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Water melon and cold drinks for preventing heat illness.
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Having fun watermelon splitting after today’s work.
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Thank you everyone for your work!

 July 15, 2018 We did refurbishing wheelchairs for Thailand in the fierce heat.

  More than seventy people gathered in high spirit to join our monthly meeting in spite of the intense heat.

  Today’s participants were from Sagami Women’s University, Vietnamese group, Tama Technical High School as usual, and from Akishima Rotary Club and Fussa High School. The work went on smoothly and we have finished refurbishing 43 wheelchairs for Thailand, which is more than we expected. We’ll finish 27 more next month and load 70 in total.

  Today’s issue was how to prevent heat illness. We put ice and water in a plastic pool and got watermelons and plenty of drinks ready. Plus salty candies for supplying salt. The members parked their cars outside to secure the shade for working space. Also we got started working earlier and were able to finish today’s work before it got really hot in the afternoon. We are relieved that no one felt sick during the activity.

Watermelon and cold drinks.
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Fussa High School students refurbishing supportive devices.
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Kaito, a fifth grader, in charge of refurbishing devices and measuring the weight of wheelchairs.The refurbishing work is not complete until the wheelchair is weighed by him.
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Vietnamese group working vigorously, saying “We’re used to such heat!”
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Abebe, Ethiopian, in his usual careful manner, engaged in polishing and packing wheelchairs with high school students. Many thanks! We trust you!
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Sagami Women’s University students doing their job efficiently as usual.
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(left)Rei, from Malaysia, joined us today. Thank you for coming!
(Right)Fixing work following the instructions from Mr. Nishino.
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Mr. Takano, teacher of Tama Technical High School, is one of our core members.
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(Left)Washing away dirt with water. Cool and fun task for today.
(Right)Fussa High School students working on wooden wheelchairs after refurbishing supportive devices.
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Continuing the work in the shade, avoing the direct sunlight.
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Akishima Rotary Club members joining our work. They have been supporting our activity for years and are going to attend the donation ceremony in Thailand.
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Mr. and Mrs. Furuya, JICA members, asking two wheelchairs for Ecuador.
They are delivering the wheelchairs as their own baggage.
Photo: Mr. and Mrs. Furuya and President Morita.
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(Left)Watermelons supply water.
(Right)Having fun with lunch and talk.
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Vietnamese couple, knowing each other through this wheelchair activity, getting married in September. “Congrats!” from all of us.

It was terribly hot today, but we did our work on schedule.
Thank you so much, everyone!

 Jan.18, 2018 The first monthly meeting in 2018.

  Almost every monthly meeting is blessed with fine weather(there was heavy snowfall on the following Monday!). The participants today were Sagami Women’s University group, Vitnamese group, Ethiopean group, Tama Technical High School group, and other volunteers. Mr. Morita suggested making ‘amazake’ or sweet low-alchohol drink, which was a great idea. Every participant got warm after drinking a cup of amazake. We finished refurbishing 24 wheelchairs for Paraguay, making the total number 60. We are going to refurbish 20 more next month so that we will be able to send 80 wheelchairs in total to Paraguay.

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This is how we start working: each member chooses a wheelchair and start refurbishing.

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Sometimes two three people work together for one wheelchair and do close work carefully.

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We remove tires or cushions and clean thoroughly if necessary.

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Cushions are made one by one to match each user’s figure. We remake them into a regular form. After remaking we put a cover over the cushion and it’s finished!

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(Left) Ethiopian group and Mr. Katano.
(Right) Kanon and her mother.

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(Left) Vietnamese group having lunch joyfully.
(Right) Vietnamese group.

Each group is holding up their flags.

Feb.18, 2018 The Paraguay Ambassador to Japan visited our monthly meeting.

 It was very cold in the morning but luckily it soon became sunny. There were many participants as usual:Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Nepalese group, Tama Tecnical High School group, and other volunteer members.
 Today we had a special guest, the Paraguay Ambassador to Japan.
The ambassador talked to volunteers frankly and expressed his gratitude for our activity in his speech, adding that he would appeal to Paraguayans living in Japan for participation to our meeting.
 We refurbished 20 wheelchairs and have finished 80 in total for Paraguay today. Those wheelchairs are to be carried onto the container on 21st and the ship is to depart from the port of Tokyo on 27th this month. It will take about three months to get to Paraguay.

 We did refurbishing work for Ethiopia, too. We are planning to ship for Ethiopia and Indonesia in March.

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(Left)The wheelchairs waiting for refurbishing.
(Right)Meeting before today’s work.

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(Left) Tokyo Akishima Chuo Rotary Club members and Mr. Morita.
(Right) Rotary Club members start to work.

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Tama Technical High School students and their teacher.

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(Left) Nepalese family, Japanese mother and her daughter on the wheelchair, and Mr. Yamashita.
(Right) Ethiopian group.

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(Left) The Paraguay ambassador and Mr. Morita exchanging cards.
(Right) The ambassador listening to Mr. Oda talk about refurbishing work.

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(Left) Rotary Club members and the ambassador.
(Right) Vietnamese group and the ambassador.

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(Left) The mabassador and Sagami Women’s University students.
(Right) The ambassador, Mr. Morita, and Mr. Katano with the national flag of Paraguay.

The ambassador and today’s participants.

The photos show today’s activities.

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We kept working.

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(Left) Vietnamese group having lunch.
(Right) Vietnamese group brought ‘バイン・チュン’ Vietnamese dish for New Years for all the participants. How delicious!

Today’s participants. Thank you for your work!

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.