Mar. 17, 2019 We completed refurbishing 90 wheelchairs for Philippines.
It was fair in the morning but it became cloudy with a bit cold wind in the afternoon. Today’s participants were about forty in total; Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and volunteering members.
We set the goal of 35 so that the number of wheelchairs for Philippines would be 90 in total, and thanks to each member’s hard and efficient work, we were able to reach today’s goal. Following the transport in February, the second ship is scheduled to arrive in Manila on April 5, after packing into the container on March 19 and loading into the ship on 25.
(Left) The warehouse is full of used wheelchairs, though we were worried that we might not send enough wheelchairs overseas as there had been less and less wheelchairs gathering for one time.
(Right)Volunteering members got together in half an hour, active at work.
(Left)Tama Technical High School group. Ms. Kawada (female teacher) takes over the regular member, Mr. Takano (male teacher).
(Right) Nagamine has delivered two wheelchairs which her friends donated for us.
(Left)Five students of Sagami Women’s University who graduate this month made a brief speech.
(Right) Mr. Takano(center) and Ms. Kawada(right), in charge of JRC of Tama Technical High School, made a brief speech. Mr. Takano joined for the last time as their teacher, but hopefully he will continue working with us.
Feb. 17, 2019 We continued refurbishing wheelchairs for Philippines.
We did refurbishing 38 wheelchairs to send to Philippines in March.
It was a fair Sunday, but the wind was cold. Still, there were around forty participants: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and regular volunteering members.
(Left) A manual to use the wheelchair properly and keep it in good condition.
(Right) How unique! This is operated only by the right hand. The little ring moves the right wheel and the big one moves the left wheel.
We had visitors from Edogawa, Tokyo, Daichi Segawa and his parents. Daichi has just passed the entrance exam for a high school and seemed to enjoy today’s visit, moving freely and talking with volunteering members on his electric wheelchair. The parents were also glad to talk to Mr. Nishino, who is one of our directors and in charge of technical part, and got useful advice from the professional technician.
Daichi’s mother said when Daichi outgrew his former wheelchair they didn’t know how to put it away and they didn’t want just to dispose of the usable wheelchair. Then they found our website and contacted us to make a donation, through which they got interested in our activity and visited us today.
(Left) Mr. Takano, Tama Technical High School teacher, told us that they got the prize for the activity of Junior Red Cross for the third time.
(Right) Mr. Morita gave thanks to today’s participants.
Jan. 20, 2019 We finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Philippines.
We did refurbishing 35 wheelchairs for Philippines.
The weather was fair, not so cold or windy, good for our monthly meeting. There were over sixty people for today’s activity; Sagami women’s university group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama technical high school group, and regular volunteering members. In addition to 45 wheelchairs finished last month, we refurbished 35 today, making it 80 in total. All of these are to leave Japan in about two weeks and reach Philippines around February 15th.
Thanks to a large number of participants we finished 14 more today. As we continue the work for Philippines, we’ll be able to send another 80 wheelchairs in March.
(From left) Mr. Horiuchi, Mr. Saiki, and our Ethiopian member Abebe. (The two are Abebe’s friends)
Mr. Saiki got interested in our activity as he is planning to start a company related recycing in the near future.
(Left)We hadn’t seen this type before and we don’t even know how to use it. (maybe for moving a child and some equipments?)
(Right)A bicycle for kids. We hope some children with disability will ride it some day.
Nanami Tomita, the nominee for Miss Eco International Japan. She said she joined us since our activity is recycling wheelchairs and she got interested in it. She is hoping to win first prize in Miss Eco International World Contest, which is held in Egypt in March this year. Good luck!
Tonjiru miso soup (miso soup with prok and vegetables) was served. Mr. Nishino, the head of refurbishing work, worked as a chef with the help of volunteering members. It was soooo good that many came for seconds.
The following is how participants were enjoying their lunch. Looks yummy, doesn’ it?
Dec. 16, 2018 We finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Philippines.
It’s a freezing cold day. Today’s participants were Vietnamese group, Sagamai Women’s University group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical high school group, and regular volunteers; about fifty in total. We focused on Philipines and most of the wheelchairs we refurbished were special ones. Let us show them.
We finished 36 wheelchairs today. We did 9 last month, making 45 in total, most of which are much bigger than standard ones, so probably about 70 of them will be enough for the 20-foot container. We expect to finish refurbishing all 70 wheelchairs next month.
Mr. Nakadai from the NPO Support Asia For Children Japan, exchanging tires. He brings his own tools, and does cleaning, exchanging parts, and overhauling with them, saying “It’s as easy as bicycle work.” Thanks for perfect work!
We were delighted to have Mr.Kuun for today’s work. He’s back from Vietnam, where he and his partner held their wedding. They had met at our monthly meeting and got married. He joined the activity by himself today and said the two of them would join us soon.
(Left) Mr. Kuun at refurbishing work.
(Right) Mr. Kuun telling all the members about his marriage.
Nov. 16, 2018 We have finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Laos.
Under the cloudy weather, not too hot nor cold, best for working outside. We had about 40 participants in total;
Sagami Women’s University, Vitnamese group, Tama Technical High School, Asian Society, and regular volunteering members. We have refurbished 29 wheelchairs for Laos, making it 90 in total. We are loading and shipping those wheelchairs at the end of this month.
(Left)A Vietnamese new member trying exchanging tires under the guidance of a veteran member.
(Right)We took a motion picture of the work. We are making these motion pictures to show them to the partners overseas, hoping that they will learn how to maintain or repair the wheelchairs in a proper way.
We had a special guest to our monthly meeting.
Oct. 21, it was a pleasant, fair autumn day. We had about 60 participants today:Vietnamese group, Sagami Women’s University group, Tama Technical High School group, Ethiopian Group, Support Asia For Children Japan group, and a dozen volunteers, mostly regular members.
We also had a special guest today, Mr. CHAM Ugala Uriat, the ambassador plenipotentiary of Etiopia. The ambassador appeared in the morning, had lunch with us, carefully watched us working, and made a heartfelt speech before leaving.
There were new participants:several employees from Equinix Japan co.. Their sincere attitude was really impressive. Picasso’s granddaughter joined us again. Many thanks to these newcomers and regular members!
Today’s lunch was Ethiopian curry plus coffee by Abeba. It was so delicious! We played moving pictures with a projector to show the participants what it was like at the donating ceremony in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. We could say it’s an Ethiopian day.
Everyone stopped to listen to the Amassador’s address.
The abmassador’s address
“This is my first opportunity to see your activity. Thank you for youw work, the Ethiopian society, the Asian society, and all the volunteering members here. You have sent 520 wheelchairs to the Ethiopian children. Thanks to those wheelchairs they can go to school and have freedom to do anything they like. I hope your wheelchairs will be sent to other African countries too, and I’d like to be of help for that.”
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!
(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).
(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.
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.
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.
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.