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.

 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.

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(Left) Our place for refurbishing:the site of Tama packing industry Co., Ltd.
(Right) Wheelchairs ready for refurbishing. There’re few participants yet.

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(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.

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(Left) Ethiopian newcomer, Abenezer, 18 years old. He got first prize in the 10km marathon in Moscow and hopes to be active as a runner in Japan.
(Right) Abenezer working with Abebe.

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(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.

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(Left) Kanon and Maki in the sunlight. What are you two talking about?
(Right) Mothers were busy preparing for lunch.

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Mr. Nishino, in charge of technical part, is today’s chef. After broiling frankfruters he starts making yakisoba, fried noodles.

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Yakisoba for sixty(!) people. So delicious that it was eaten up in a flash.

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(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.

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(Left) Mr. Abebe introducing Abenezer.
(Right)Ho Awi making her final speech before returning to Vietnam.

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Thank you everyone for your work today!

 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.

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Let us show the variety of wheelchairs. How precious they were to the users and their parents.

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(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.

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  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.

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(Left) Tama Technical High School group.
(Right) Vietnamese group.

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(Left) Ethiopian group(though they are all Japanese for today).
(Right) Okada and her son. Good to have you two again.

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Lunchtime. We all had the same lunch.

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Vietnamese sweets. Sesami-sprinkled candy(left) and ginger-flavored dried plum(right). They were so good! Thank you.

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(Left) Ho Awi, making a farewell speech before going back to Vietnam.
(Right) Yoshihara, the leader of Sagami Women’s University group, saying that they will do their best during their stay in Laos.

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(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.

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Thank you for your good work, everyone!

 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.

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Wheelchairs in line, waiting. Volunteering members coming one after another.

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Meeting before work is essential. We confirm today’s goal, how many wheelchairs to finish, and the destination, which country to deliver, with Sagami women’s uni group.

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  Mr. Saiki got interested in our activity as he is planning to start a company related recycing in the near future.

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Kanon joined again, waiting calmly while her mother was working.

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There were plenty of unique wheelchairs; kind of stretcher, walking trainer, and activity chairs.

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(Left) Mr. Yamada, from NGO Suport Asia for Children Japan.
(Right) A veteran volunteer, Oshima.

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Tama technical high school group; the teacher and two students.

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Vietnamese group working on activity chairs(Left) and repapering the cloth of armrest(Right).

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(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.

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We put seals of our NPO and other support groups such as Sagami women’s university and Nikko Assessment.

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This was the most unique one; a partition and you can put your arms through it easily. It’s used as a screen in a place like a bathroom; you can take things on the other side with ease.

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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!

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Photo with Nanami Tomita.

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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?

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Today’s participants. Thank you everyone!

 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.

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Various kinds of training instruments.

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  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!

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Replacing small tires into new ones.

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Instant miso soup was served for lunch. Keep warm!

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(Left) Vietnamese group having lunch and enjoying conversation.
(Right) Some of Sagami Women’s University group having lunch in the sun.

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Tama Technical high school group and Sagami Women’s University group.

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  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.

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We finished the final activity for 2018. We appreciate your cooperation this year.
Let’s keep on good work next year, too.

 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.

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The work started as usual. The participants start by choosing a wheelchair they are going to refurbish.

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(Left)There were not a few Activity Chairs today.
(Right)One of our leading players:Tama Technical High School students and their teacher.

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(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.

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(Left)Tokyo Laos Society members came, asking for a wheelchair and Mr. Morita donated one.
(Right)Three guests came to join our activity; our new members.

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Lunchtime.

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Thank you, everyone. Let’s meet next month!

 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.

We started working as usual, with our own national flags on the wall.
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The ambassador plenipotentiary appeared soon after our work started, and exchanged greetings with Mr. Morita, our president, and other staff.
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Everyone stopped to listen to the Amassador’s address.
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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.”

Taking photos with Mr. and Mrs. Amabassador.
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Each group took photos with Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador.
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Kanon was also welcoming Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador.
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Mr. Abebe Zewege, explaining our activity to the Ambassador.
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Picasso’s granddaughter.
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Volunteering members from Equinix Japan co.
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These T-shirts are their uniforms.
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Support Asia for Children Japan group. Veteran volunteers are really helpful.
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(Left) The professional bicycle maker solves any problem.
(Right)Sagami Women’s Uni members tried changing the armrest cloth and they made it!
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Lunchtime. This is Ethiopian curry.
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Mr. and Mrs. Ambassador had Ethiopian curry, saying “So nice.”
The cook was another Abebe.
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Vietnamese group having curry together.
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A big group, divided into two, having curry outside and inside.
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The embassy staff and volunteering members peeling persimmons.
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(Left)The work went on. Refurbished wheelchairs get their numbers and photos are taken.
(Right)This is not a wheelchair but a chair for taking a shower. This type is also welcome.
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 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.
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Participants listening to today’s report from a director, Mr.Oda.
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Today’s participants.
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 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.
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Yamashita, who visited Ethiopia last month, Ethiopian team, Nagamine, and her daughter, Kanon.
They had fun talking about his stay in Ethiopia.
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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!
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 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.

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