Under the current difficult situation, we’ve got news from Vietnam and Malaysia that they received our wheelchairs.
== 5 wheelchairs for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam ==
In March this year we got a wheelchair request mail from Haruka Kato, who lives in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Kato, occupational therapist, is a member of Japan International Cooperation Agency(JICA). We sent five wheelchairs to the rehabilitation center in Ho Chi Minh City, where she is working. We entrusted the transport to a Vietnamese trading company in Japan, Raifuku Boeki. The article of this news is from here.
Kato, now staying in Japan due to the Corona virus, told us that she had received a mail saying the rehabilitation center in Ho Chi Minh City, got the five wheelchairs. As those wheelchairs left Japan in the beginning of March, it took almost four months to get there. We hope they will make good use of our five wheelchairs.
== 180 wheelchairs for Malaysia ==
The ship loaded with 180 wheelchairs for Malaysia departed Tokyo port on June 12, and arrived at Port Klang, the biggest trading port in Malaysia, on July 1. Our partner in Malaysia is capable of refurbishing wheelchairs on their own, so we sent 146 wheelchairs out of 180 unrefurbished. They say they will deliver the 34 refurbished wheelchairs right away.
The photo shows the container which transported 180 wheelchairs to Port Klang.
Though our activities have been restricted in many ways, we feel happy that we were able to deliver wheelchairs to needy children.
July 5, 2020 Secretariat
We cancel our next monthly meeting on June 21 to prevent the spread of new corona virus infection.
June 21, 2020 Secretariat
The ship loaded with 180 wheelchairs for Malaysia left Tokyo port on June 12, expecting to reach Port Klang, the biggest port of Malaysia, around June 23. The total number of the wheelchairs for Malaysia is now 1,423, including this delivery. This is the biggest number among all the donated countries. The Donation record graph is from here.
As our partner in Malaysia is capable of cleaning and refurbishing wheelchairs, we sent 146 out of 180 wheelchairs unrefurbished. We’re glad that we were able to send wheelchairs under this situation since we haven’t been able to hold our monthly meetings for more than three months.
We loaded 180 wheelchairs into the container at Tama Packing Industry Co., Ltd on June 9. The members were Tama Packing Industry employees and some of our NGO.
(Left) We carried 180 wheelchairs packed in the warehouse on wodden pallets.
(Right) We used a forklift for loading.
(Left) After all the loading was finished, we closed the door and locked the seal.
(Right) The truck towing the big container.
The new coronavirus infection has not yet died down. In order to prevent infection from our activity we cancel our monthly meetings from June through August. We hope everyone understands the situation. We’d like you to join us again when we restart our activity. Please read the message from our president Morita on the TOPICS of the top page.
The new coronavirus seems to have slowed down across Japan, but there are still signs of increasing infections in Tokyo and Kitakyushu. We’re worried that they might indicate the beginning of the second wave of big infection. In this situation, many events around Japan such as fireworks and fetivals have been cancelled.
Our monthly meeting is not that big in scale, but we should think that our activity has the same risk of infection. In order to prevent infection from our activity, we have decided to cancel our monthly meetings from June through August. So far we’ve sent overseas children more than 500 wheelchairs a year, but we’re afraid we won’t be able to do the same thing this year. The main reason is that we can’t hold monthly meetings. We’re also worried about the situation of presentee countries and overseas partners.
In spite of this sad situation, there’re things we can do. As for a country like Malaysia, where we can trust the overseas partner to clean and refurbish wheelchairs by themselves, we have delivered used wheelchairs without cleaning or refurbishing them. We’re thinking of doing the same to such countries if the trasporting conditions are met.
Now we have difficulty refurbishing and sending wheelchairs. When the situation improves and it becomes possible for us to restart our activities, we’d like to go ahead on donating wheelchairs as usual. Let’s take good care of ourselves and I look forward to meeting you again.
June 4, 2020 Hirokazu Morita
The ship loaded with 90 wheelchairs for Paraguay left the port of Tokyo on February 24 and arrived Asunción, the capital of Paraguay, on May 4. It was a long journey of more than two months.
In Paraguay, like the rest of the world, there were severe restrictions for various activities for the purpose of preventing new coronavirus infection and delivering wheelchairs was suspended too.
Then the Paraguay Embassy informed us that their government had started to give permission to restart activities and they expected that they would be able to deliver wheelchairs around May 24. We hope our 90 wheelchairs are being delivered now. We will update how the delivery goes as we get more information.
This marital transport was done for free thanks to Ocean Network Express Japan (ONE JAPAN). We’d like to express our gratitude to them. Many thanks!
We have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting on May 17 to prevent the spread of new corona virus infection.
May 5, 2020 President Hirokazu Morita
We are sorry to say that the new coronavirus is still spreading across Japan after Emergency Declaration was issued, and Japanese government has decided to keep the declaration effective through the end of May. We already cancelled our monthly meetings in March and April in accordance with the declaration. Now that “Emergency Declaration” is in effect for one month more, we have decided to cancel our meeting on May 17. We have also stopped accepting wheelchairs and other activities.
We’d like to restart our activities after the number of infected people has decreased and things have calmed down. We hope everyone to stay home and take care in order not to be infected by the virus. We’re looking forward to seeing you again.
May 5, 2020 Hirokazu Morita
The new coronavirus has been spread worldwide. The monthly meeting, our main activity, has a risk of virus infection as lots of people gather to clean and refurbish wheelchairs, though it is held outdoors. That’s why we cancelled the monthly meeting in March and April and noticed about it.
Japanese government issued Emergency Declaration on April 7, and it’ll be effective until May 6. That makes it difficult to expect whether we can have our monthly meeting in May. On the other hand, many wheelchairs have been provided for us by special schools as usual. We are supposed to make the annual plan of sending these wheelchairs and deliver them to overseas children, but we can’t even make the schedule now. Also, our warehouse is filled with wheelchairs since we have been unable to refurbish or send them for two months. Unfortunately it’s not possible for us to accept any more wheelchairs now.
We, like anyone else, have difficulty expecting the future situation. We hope to restart our activities and also accept wheelchairs after things have calmed down. We wish you to stay home and take care of yourselves not to be infected by the virus. We’re looking forward to seeing you again.
April 9, 2020 Hirokazu Morita
We have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting on April 19 to prevent the spread of new corona virus infection.
April 1, 2020 President Hirokazu Morita