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.
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!
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
Lunchtime. Thai noodles and Vietnamese Chimaki(rice confection).
Very hot noodle. Today’s cook is Mr. Sakamoto, chef of a Thai restaurant,
Chaiyai, in Kitasenju. Thank you for your support, Mr. Sakamoto!
After lunch, we continued our work and finished as scheduled.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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!
Sep. 18 2016 We did refurbishing work for Cambodia and Malaysia.
Today’s work went on smoothly as usual. The weather was unsettled with the autumn rain front and the approaching typhoon, but we kept on working and finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Cambodia and Malaysia as scheduled.
Aug. 21st, 2016 We did refurbishing work(2nd) for Vietnam and Malaysia.
Under a clear, blue sky, unlike the heavy rain yesterday, we did refurbishing work(2nd) for Malaysia and Vietnam, and also did tidying up the warehouse replacing lots of wheelchairs with newly-packed ones.
As for refurbishing work, today’s participants were about thirty young Vietnamese, leading members of our monthly meeting now, eight students and a teacher from Fussa High School and about ten volunteers including two Ethiopians, around fifty in total.
The work started at nine in the morning and was over around two p.m. resulting in 60 refurbished wheelchairs, 29 for Malaysia and 31 for Vietnam. We are planning to send them to Malaysia in September and to Vitnam in October.
After the monthly work, several members did tidying up the warehouse so that it would be easy to do refurbishing work next month. The weight of wheelchairs varies from 10 to 25 kilograms, so it was really hard to lift some to the upper shelves and put others down to the floor. It took an hour and a half to replace all the wheelchairs in the warehouse. Thank you, everyone!
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(left) Ethiopian volunteers.
(right) Students and a teacher from Fussa High School, packing wheelchairs.
(left) Fully refurbished wheelchair. We keep track of them by giving an ID
number to each wheelchair and use the number as key information
when sending them overseas.
(right) Fun time! Having luhch together.
(left) Putting down the wheelchairs collected so far.
(right) Lifting the refurbished and packed wheelchairs to the upper shelves.
(left) After replacing wheelchairs.
(right) Closing the shutter after hard work.