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.

 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.

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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.

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大使を囲む本日の参加者。
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!

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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.
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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.
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A Nepalese member joined with her son.
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A two-year-old Vietnamese girl made everyone smile. How cute!
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(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!
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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.

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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)

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Today’s participants.
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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

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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,
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, 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.

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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.
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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.