90 wheelchairs complete for Paraguay.
On February 11, 2024, we had another pleasant weather for activity. Tha partcipants of the day were Sagami Women’s University group, Tama Technical High School group, general volunteers, wheelchair professionals, and staff:16 in total. To read more,,,
We made a tour of the container yard.
On February 1, 2024, we visited the container terminal of CMA CGM JAPAN Co., marine transport company in Honmoku. It was the second time for us to visit the container yard with Sagami Women’s University students. There were 11 participants this time: 8 Sagami Women’s University students, 2 general volunteers, and 1 board member.
The company’s container terminal is located at a place called Honmoku D4 Terminal, where participants gathered at Kannai Station on the JR Negishi Line and were taken to the terminal by the company’s microbus.
The tour consisted of the following, and lasted 2.5 hours with lunch in between.
1. Tour of the terminal premises in a microbus
(the premises are spacious, so the tour was conducted by bus)
2. Introduction of the basics of container transport and the company’s
business in the office
3. Discussion between two of the company’s young employees and students
from Sagami Women’s University
The tour of the premises took us into areas that are normally inaccessible, where we were introduced to the ships that call at the port, the huge cranes, and an explanation of the types of containers stacked high in the yard and the meaning of their movement within the premises.
As for the basics of container transport, the attendant explained it in an easy-to-understand manner, using as a case study a wheelchair that we had cleaned and maintained. She explained how containers are transported by truck to the yard, cleared through customs, and loaded onto ships. She also explained that more than 90% of marine transportation is done by containers and the company’s position in the global shipping industry.
Following lunch, two of the company’s young employees and Sagami Women’s University students were divided into two groups for a small round-table discussion. The main topic of discussion was their experiences and impressions regarding job hunting. The two employees of the company politely answered the active questions from the students. This round-table discussion was one of the most popular among the students during this visit.
When the tour was over, we were once again taken by microbus to Kannai Station. We received generous hospitality from many of the company’s employees. We’d like to express our heartfelt thanks to all of them.
Thank you very much.
February 7, 2024 Secretariat
〇Impressions from Sagami Women’s University students after the tour
It was a very valuable experience for us to be allowed to enter places we would not normally be able to see and to hear from employees. In particular, we were given the opportunity to speak with second-year graduates in the form of a round-table discussion, which was a great opportunity for both third-year students who are currently job hunting and second-year students who are just starting their job hunting.
By participating in the tour today, we learned about a world we had never known before, and by hearing how wheelchairs are transported outside of Japan, we feel that we have broadened our possibilities and horizons. It also made us feel more committed to the wheelchair project.
Thank you to everyone at CMA CGM JAPAN Co.!
〇The tour went like this.
(Left) A projector was used to explain the container yard and the shipping business.
(Right) Sagami Women’s University students ask questions in two groups around two employees who have been with the company for two years. The Q&A session was held in a small group, so it was a meaningful meeting for the students.
Meeting under mild weather for midwinter.
We had a meeting under mild weather for midwinter. The participants of the day were Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, general volunteers, and staff members: 16 in total. To read more,,,
The first meeting of 2024.
We held the first meeting of 2024. Although the morning temperature was cold at 4°C (39°F), once the sun began to rise, it was close to 10°C (50°F) and there was no wind, making the weather mild and comfortable to work. To read more,,,
The fifth shipment for Ukraine departed Tokyo Port.
The All-Japan Project for Ukraine, which started by Mr. and Mrs. Kimura, journalists living in London, has sent five shipments to Ukraine. Six organizations in total have cooperated with the project. Our NGO took part in the second, third, and fifth shipments. The total number of children’s wheelchairs from our NGO is 101, and the total number of units shipped as an All-Japan Project is 1,095.
The fifth shipment of 280 units(40 from our NGO), loaded into the container on December 19, departed Tokyo port on December 30. It is expected to arrive in Poland around February 15, and from there, the wheelchairs will be transported overland to Ukraine.
According to Kimura, Japanese wheelchairs donated to Ukraine so far have already been delivered to and used by children at the National Children’s Hospital in Kiev, elderly and disabled people and at a nursing home in the village of Ivankiv near Kiev, wounded soldiers at a public hospital in western Ternopil region, children at a children’s hospital and orphanage, and evacuees from Lysychansk city.
This brings the total number of units donated to Ukraine to 113, including 12 units in October 2022 (our own project). The total number of units sent abroad so far is 9,665. Click here to view the graph of donation result.
Detailed scenes from the first four shipments can be seen on the website of journalist Kimura, the initiator of the All-Japan Project.
The wheelchairs for the fifth shipment to Ukraine were provided by lots of special schools and other individuals.
December 31, 2023 Secretariat
Container loading took place on December 19 at the Ohi Office of the Tokyo Terminal Department of Sankyo Unyu Co. The wheelchair with yellow tape wrapped around it is thought to be the one from our NGO.
We had CMA CGM Japan coming to join our meeting.
On December 10, we had CMA CGM Japan K.K. coming to join our meeting besides the regular Sagami Women’s University group, voluntary members, and the staff; 26 in total. To read more,,,
A cold day for the activity.
On November 26, the coldest day of the year, we had a regular meeting with Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Tama Technical High School teachers, voluntary members; 23 participants in total. To read more,,,
The container ship departed Tokyo Port for Ethiopia.
On November 12, 2023, the container ship loaded with 90 wheelchairs departed Tokyo Port for Ethiopia. Ethiopia does not have access to the sea, so unloading takes place at the Port of Djibouti, a neighboring country. From Djibouti to Addis Ababa is by truck. The container is scheduled to arrive at Djibouti on December 21, and it will take two to four more weeks to get to Addis Ababa.
For this Ethiopia project, we have received support from Tokyo Akishima Chuo Rotary Club. We had 15 members from the Rotary Club coming to join in our activity on September 10. We have also received a large donation that we hope will be used for the Ethiopia project.
In addition, a presentation ceremony is going to be held in Ethiopia in February, 2024. If the ceremony is held, several members of the Rotary Club will participate in the local presentation ceremony. They say they’d like to meet the children in Ethiopia who are actually using the wheelchairs they cleaned and refurbished.
We have not had a presentation ceremony in Ethiopia since July 2018. Although it is a distant country in Africa, we are happy to be able to send the wheelchairs and to attend the presentation ceremony as well.
This shipment of 90 units to Ethiopia brings the total number of units donated to the country to 680. Please refer to the graph here for donation results.
November 16, 2023 Secretariat
Loading in Hamura City prior to the departure.
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Forklift loading pallets with packed wheelchairs into the container.
(Left) The wheelchair is carried in by hand from the pallet.
(Right) A wooden lid has been installed to prevent the wheelchair from falling when the door is opened. The work is done by raising the forks high.
(Left)Members of Tokyo Akishima Chuo Rotary Club helped load wheelchairs onto pallets.
(Right) All the wheelchairs were loaded. The container was about 75% full. Whenever we load wheelchairs, we are always worried that they might overflow. There was plenty of room this time.
A cold day for the activity.
November 12 was a cold day. We’ve been working in the heat rather than the cold so far, fighting for the heat in various ways. On this day, however, we had to endure the cold! To read more,,,
Meeting with MFS Investment Management K.K.
On October 29, we held a meeting with MFS Investment Management people. It was the third meeting in October. Our NGO has received long-time support from them, both in finance and activity. To read more,,,