【Notice】We cancel our monthly meeting on 4/19. *

  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

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 Voluntary Sagami students’ voices.*

  Sagami Women’s University students, who gratuated this March, gave us comments about their activities with our NGO. We’d like to express our thanks to their support. The detail is from here.

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 We’ve got 49 wheelchairs for these 3 months.*

  Since January this year we have got 49 wheelchairs from five special schools. The total number is 54 if we add 5 seating auxiliary chairs. We had expected a few more offers from other schools but they were postponed due to the new coronavirus infection expansion.
(The numbers in the parentheses are those including seating auxiliary chairs.)

-January 17  Tokyo Metroporitan Tamasakuranooka Gakuen     3(  4)
-February 4  Kamisugeta Special School   15(17)
-February 26  Sagamihara Chuo Special School     7(  8)
-March 12  Osaka Prefectural Minoo Special School     7(  7)
-March 23  Saitama Municipal Sakuraso Special School   11(12)
-March 27  Akiruno Gakuen     6(  6)
Total     49(54)

  We have got 437 wheelchairs from 22 special schools for the past year, from April 2019 to March 2020. The total number is 499 if we add seating auxiliary chairs. There are still more wheelchairs brought to us personally. All together we’ve got more than 550 wheelchairs. We’d like to say thank you for your great help.

March 2020 Secretariat

----------- How we get wheelchairs -----------

  This is how we got wheelchairs at Sakuraso Special School in Saitama on March 23. This school was founded as the second special school in Saitama city.

(Left)Complete view of the school (Photo from Wikipedia)
(Right)Wheelchairs were lined up in the hallway.

On the arrival of the truck, we loaded it with wheelchairs with the help of school staff.

Photo with the wheelchairs and school staff. Thank you very much.

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 The Mongolia Handover Ceremony Report is on the site.*

  In October 2019, we got a request from Mr. Saito of Saito Workshop Co., Ltd. to provide wheelchairs for Mongolia and we offered 26 from our stock. Those wheelchairs reached Erdenette, Mongolia, on November 28 and the handover ceremony was held on December 1.

  Please see the handover ceremony report (written in Japanese).  You can also see the report on the Donation Record page of Mongolia November 2019.

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【Re-notice】Monthly meeting canceled on 3/15. *

  We have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting on March 15 to prevent the spread of new corona virus infection.

March 28, 2020   President Hirokazu Morita

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 We issued the activity report Vol.23. *

The detail is from here.

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  We’ll send five wheelchairs to Ho Chi Minh.

  An occupational therapist named Haruka Kato has sent us an email asking for wheelchairs for children. Ms. Kato, a member of JICA, working in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, found our website.

  “I’m working at a rehabilitation center in Ho Chi Minh, where 150 children with disability come daily. About 40 of them need a wheelchair and they can use a wheelchair made in Vietnam. However not all the wheelchairs are fit for each child and their backrest is right angle (90 degrees). As these children spend most of the day at the center, I have long wanted to provide wheelchairs with tilting or reclining function. People around me have never seen such functions and it’s not easy for them to understand the necessity of them.
  I’m wondering if you could send some of your wheelchairs to our center. If there are some, I hope it’ll be possible to make similar wheelchairs.” 

  At first I thought it quite difficult to send wheelchairs on our own because of the severe import restrictions for used goods to Vietnam, but I wanted to do as much as I could. Then luckily one of our NGO’s members introduced a Vietnamese, La Van Phuong, who runs a trading company (Raifuku-Boueki) in Japan. Mr. Phuong offered to transport wheelchairs for nothing.

  I called a few members to meet right away. We cleaned, refurbished, and packed five wheelchairs and sent them to Raifuku-Boueki in Nagoya. I hear it takes one or two months to deliver wheelchairs from Nagoya to Ho Chi Min. Though it takes a long time, I’m happy that we can donate five wheelchairs to the south of Vietnam, where we have had no opportunity to deliver our wheelchairs.

March, 2020    Hirokazu Morita

Five wheelchairs waiting for transport

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【Notice】We cancel our monthly meeting on 3/15. *

  We have decided to cancel our next monthly meeting on March 15 to prevent the spread of new corona virus infection.

February 28, 2020   President Hirokazu Morita

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 We shipped 90 wheelchairs for Paraguay. *

  The ship loaded with 90 wheelchairs for Paraguay left Tokyo port on Feburary 24, expecting to reach Asuncion, capital of Paraguay, around April 10. This marine transport is done for free thanks to Ocean Network Express (ONE) JAPAN. About a dozen employees of ONE JAPAN joined our monthly activity of refurbishing wheelchairs too. We feel really grateful to ONE JAPAN.

  The 90 wheelchairs are from several special schools written below and some individuals.
   -Chiba Prefectural Sakuragaoka Special School
   -Tokyo Metropolitan Shikamoto Gakuen
   -Ryokuseikai Seiikuen DayCare Center
   -Tokyo Metropolitan TamaSakuranooka Gakuen
   -Yokohama Municipal Kamisugeta Special School

  The number of the wheelchairs sent to Paraguay so far is 512. We’d like to express our gratitude to everyone who have supported our activities.  The donation record graph is from here.

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 We had a little rain at the beginning.*

  We had a little rain at the beginning but luckily it was not so cold for this season. There were about 65 participants today: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Tama Technical High School group, Ocean Network Express Japan group, and regular volunteers. We also had a special guest, the Paraguay Ambassador to Japan, whose visit is the second time following 2018.
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