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.

 Feb. 16, 2020 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.

  Today’s task is for Paraguay, starting in December last year. We’ve refurbished 20 wheelchairs, making the total number 90. We’re loading them into a container on February 18th and shipping them from Tokyo port on 23rd. The wheelchairs are to arrive at Buenos Aires, Argentina in early April. This marine transport is free of charge thanks to Ocean Network Express Japan (ONE JAPAN). We’d like to express our gratitude for this free transport to the other side of the earth. 




(Left) Signboards, booklet, and donation box.
(Right) Six waste bags for separated wastes.


We started to work under the big awning tp prevent rain. On the wall there’s a national flag of Paraguay showing respect for the Ambassador.


Our staff member explained to ONE Japan team how to refurbish and some of Sagami Women’s Uni group assisted them while working.


Some were working in the warehouse in order to prevent rain: ONE Japan group (left) and Tama Technical High School group (right).

 
  ONE Japan group brought ONE’s stickers(above) and we stuck them on all the wheelchairs refurbished today for Paraguay.


Sagami Women’s Uni group (left) and Vietnamese group (right).


(Left) The Paraguay Ambassador to Japan arrived and our president, Mr Morita, welcomed him warmly.
(Right) The Ambassador with wheelchairs for Paraguay.


Veteran volunteers and Mr. Morita preparing for tonjiru, miso soup with vegetables and pork.


Today’s lunch: tonjiru and onigiri box lunch.


(Left) The Ambassador with Vietnamese group. The Ambassador holds the additional post of the Ambassador to Vietnam and as he has visited Vietnam many times he has a lot to talk with them.
(Right) The Ambassador had the same tonjiru and onigiri box lunch as ours.


Mr. Inagaki of So Company, who does supporting activities for people with disabilities at Heart Poppo supporting office, brought us two wheelchairs. This is his third time of donation.


The Ambassador made a short speech expressing gratitude for sending wheelchairs to Paraguay.


ONE Japan gave every participant a towel with its company logo on.


Everyone was pleased with the towel.


(Left) The Ambassador and ONE Japan group.
(Right) The Ambassador and Vietnamese group.


(Left) The Ambassador and Sagami Women’s University group.
(Right) The Ambassador and Tama Technical High School group.

The Ambassador and voluntary members.


Around the Ambassador are today’s participants with ONE towel in their hand.
Thank you, Ambassador, for visiting us today and thank you, everyone, for today’s work.

 Jan. 19, 2020 The first meeting was blessed with fine weather.

  The first meeting in 2020 was blessed with fine weather, warm and pleasant to work. There were as many as 75 participants; Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Tama Technical High School group, US Yokota Air Force Base group, Ethiopian group, and regular volunteers.

  We continued refurbishing work for Paraguay from last month and finished 44 wheelchairs, making the total number 70

  The wheelchairs refurbished today are from the following schools and some other schools and individual persons.
– Kitatsunashima Special School
– Ryokuseikai Seiikuen Daycare Center
– Chiba Prefectural Sakuragoka Special School
– Kamakura Gakuen
– Tama Sakuranooka Gakuen

We appreciate their donation.



(Left) Shall we start?
(Right) Ethiopian Group.


(Left) US Yokota Air Force Base group. They continue to join from last year. Some are regular members and some are newcomers.
(Right) Tama Technical High School group.


(Left) Vietnamese group.
(Right) Sagami Women’s Uni group being trained by veteran staff.


(Left) Nepali, Bimala. We always appreciate her careful work.
(Right) As lots of people joined the activity, the work went smoothly and efficiently.


(Left) Sagami Women’s Uni group are in charge of managing the number of wheelchairs to be delivered, that is, they decide how many and which wheelchairs are to be sent to which country.
(Right) So, they put number on each wheelchair and take a picture of them. The overseas partners decide which child is to receive which wheelchair seeing the photo and its information(=size).


(Left) Lunchtime.
(Right) Shiratama Zenzai as dessert.

 The seniors of Sagami Women’s Uni group.
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 Sugihara, Sugiyame, Yoshihara,
 Shinihara.
 Today was the final meeting to some of
 them.


(Left) Two senior students made a short speech.
(Right) The head of Junior Red Cross of Tama Technical High School made a short speech too.


Thank you everyone for your good work. We’d like to have fun time working with you in 2020.

 Dec. 15, 2019 No work for today!

  There was no cleaning or refurbishing work today. We had a mochi making and eating party instead. Many participants had fun at the party; Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, U.S. Yokota Air Force Base group, Tama Technical High School group, Ethiopian group, and voluntary members.

  Our president, Mr. Morita, prepared 30 kilograms of mochigome (glutinous rice) and a wooden usu (big bowl in which to pound mochi) beforehand. One of our regular member, Ms.Nagamine, was in charge of zoni (kind of soup with vegetables and mochi) and another member, Ms.Okada, brought a set of cooking outfit necessary for making mochi.


Usu and kamado (stove), these are the necessities. First thing to do is to steam mochigome on kamado.


Before pounding, it’s important to push around the steamed mochigome (kozuki in Japanese) to make into smooth and delicious mochi.


Many paricipants tried pounding mochi. Look how happy they are.


  We had hot mochi with various tastes; sweet bean paste, soy flour, grated daikon, and soy sauce with scallions and katsuobushi (dried bonito shavings). These were prepared by Ms. Okada and Sagami Women’s Uni group.
  We also had zoni for which Ms. Nagamine had worked so hard since the previous day, but, we were so busy tasting these mochi that we forgot to take photos of them(!).


Aiden and Aria, from Yokota Air Force Base, seemed to be enjoying mochi.


Mr. Morita thanked everyone for attending monthly meetings this year.


Thank you, everyone, for joining our activities this year. We look forward to seeing and working with you next year, too.

 Nov. 17, 2019 It was a mild autumn day.

  It was a mild autumn day, perfect for our monthly meeting. There were about sixty participants:Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Nikko Asset Management group, Yokota Air Force Base group, Ethiopian group, and voluntary members.
  Today’s work was for Cambodia. We refurbished 22 wheelchairs, finishing our goal, 90, in total. We’re planning to send them to Cambodia on November 26. We’d like to say thank you to today’s participants.

  While we’re working, Mr. Inagaki of So Company Ltd. brought us four wheelchairs. This is his second time to bring used but still usable wheelchairs by himself. Mr. Inagaki has been supporting people with disability as well as running his own company.


(Left) We take wheelchairs out from the warehouse before volunteers’ arrival.
(Right) Waste bags, desks, and office supplies are ready.


(Left) Many volunteers get together and start working.
(Right) Ethiopian group: the man in the left is Abebe, leader of the group.


(Left) Nikko Asset Management group:Harada(the man giving instructions), an employee of the company and also director of our NGO, explains a few points of the work.
(Right) Yokota Air Force Base group:Austin(in the center) explains how to do the work.


(Left) Bimala, Nepali, joins by herself and works hard as usual.
(Right) Mr. Saito, who used to be a barber, joins us regularly as he quit the job and has more free time.


(Left) Mr. Takano, who used to teach at Tama Technical High School, works alone since the students have an event at school and cannot come today.
(Right) Miku, Harada’s daughter, works with her father.


(Left) Mr. Inagaki(yellow shirt) of So Company brought us wheelchairs.
(Right)Mr. Inagaki, his four wheelchairs and our staff.


Lunchtime, a good opportunity to international interchange.


(Left) Nikko Asset Management group.
(Right) Yokota Air Force Base group.


(Left) Vietnamese group.
(Right) Today’s activity report and farewell greeting.


Thank you, everyone, for today’s work!

 Oct. 20, 2019 We alomst always have fine weather.

  It’s kind of a miracle that we almost always have fine weather for our meeting. Today was also fine with some clouds, no rain, no heat, nor cold. There were about fifty partcipants: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Tama Technial High School group, and regular volunteers.

  We have finished refurbishing 42 wheelchairs for Cambodia, making it 68 in total. We expect to finish 22 more next month and send them out for Cambodia at the end of November.


(Left) Wheelchairs to be refurbished: still some more in the warehouse.
(Right) As we take out all the wheelchairs, voluntary members begin to meet.


(Left) Tools for cleaning and refurbishing.
(Right) Six kinds of bags for various garbage and waste.


(Left) Sagami Women’s Uni group(left) and Vienamese group(right):meeting before activity.
(Right) Sagami Women’s Uni group starting to work.


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


(Left) Bimala, a member of Nepali group, joins by herself.
(Right) Our veteran voluntary members and some Vietnamese members do refurbishing work together.


(Left) We pack wheelchairs after cleaning and refurbishing.
(Right) We measure the weight of each packed wheelchair, write down the weight on the package, and store it in the warehouse.


(Left) Lunchtime.
(Right) Vietnamese group: there were several participants who joined for the first time today and they introduced themselves. Sounds like fun.


(Left) Kanon, smiling at the camera.
(Right) Tama Technical High School group: small but powerful.


(Left) Sagami Women’s Uni group.
(Right) Vietnamese group: it takes two and a half hours to come here for the participant living in Saitama, probably the most distant place of all.


Mr. Morita, our president, making a short speech at the end.


Thank you for the good work, everyone!

 Sep. 15,2019 It was a pleasant day for our activity.

  It was cloudy, but pleasant for our activity, after the long, summer heat. We had about 50 participants:Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Yokota Air Force Base group, regular Ethiopian, Tama Technical High School group, voluntary members, and American President Lines,LLC(APL) group. There were only two members from Yokota Air Force Base group as they had Friendship Festival at the Base,Base. Likewise, Ethiopian group had a New Year event by their original calendar, so Abebe joined our meeting alone.

  Today we finished refurbishing 20 wheelchairs for Vietnam and have made it 90 in total. We also refurbished 21 for Cambodia. We expect to load the 90 wheelchairs onto the container on Sep. 26, and the container is to depart the Tokyo port on Oct. 3, arriving at Hai Phong around Oct.13. The transport to Vietnam this time is done for free by APL. We’d like to show our gratitude to APL for their support, both the free transport and joining our meeting.


(Left) Part of the wheelchairs to be refurbished today. The rest are in the warehouse, waiting to be carried outside.
(Right) We explained some points to the participants before working, using newly-made manuals and check sheet.


(Left) Tama Technical High School teacher and students began working in no time.
(Right) Yokota Air Force Base group: Austin(right end) and Michael(left end). In between are Mr. Uchida from APL(left) and Mr. Oda, our director(right).


(Left) New refurbishing team from Sagami Women’s Uni group. They were selected from cleaning team and began refurbishing work under the director, Akine’s advice.
(Rigth) Shinoda, high school student, joined us for the first time. She contacted us through email. A veteran member from Sagami Women’s Uni(left) explained how to do the work to her.

 Mr. Matsuda, from Kyal Fund, which supports Kyrgyz Republic, in Central Asia(right). He worked on refurbishing as well as cleaning all by himself. Looks like a new veteran member.


(Left) Ms. Tomita from Fussa voluntary action center and a new participant, a daughter of the regular members.
(Right) Mr. Saito, who donated us plenty of towels last month, said he would join us regularly as he had time to spare now.


(Left) Mr. Higashino and his daughter. The daughter is a member of Sagami Women’s Uni group and has been working with us, and the father happened to join us today as a member of APL. It’s good to see them working together.
(Right) Chein, from Vienamese group. She brought some stationaries for us. Thanks, it’s of great help.


(Left) Bimala, from Nepali group. She’s been working with us regularly. It’s so nice of you.
(Right) Kanon joined us with her mother as usual.

 Ms. Oyama, from Fuchu city, brought us a wheelchair, a Sitting cage, and a shower chair, used by her daughter, who passed away in March at the age of 14. They were quite clean. Probably they use these chairs with great care. We promised her to donate them to Cambodia. The daughter was in the same school as Kanon, so the mothers are friends.


Mr. and Mrs. Inagaki, who brought us three wheelchairs. Mr. Inagaki runs So company and does supporting activity for the disabled. The wheelchairs are from a special school which he has been supporting.



Today’s lunch was Ethiopian curry by Abebe. He rushed to the Ethiopian New Year event at Adachi-ku after he finished all the work for our lunch.


Everyone enjoyed Abebe’s curry. It was so delicious! Thanks a lot.


= We continued to work after lunch =


Tama Technical High School small but powerful group.


(Left) APL junior and his father.
(Right) APL group.


As APL prepared their logo mark seals, we put them on each wheelchair.


(Left) We put all the wheelchairs we refurbished today in the warehouse.
(Right) The participants listening to today’s results.


(Left) Mr. Uchida, representative of Japan in APL, making a short speech.
(Right) Mr. Morita thanking to the participants. He also expressed his gratitude to APL group for the free transport.

Thank you for the great work today, everyone!

 Aug. 18,2019 We started the activity at nine, earlier than usual.

  We started today’s activity at nine, an hour earlier than usual, as the temperature was expexted to be over 36℃. Lots of participants gathered instead of this early start, though: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Fussa High School group, Akishima Rotary Club group, U.S. Yokota Air Base group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and regular voluntary members. There were more than 100 people working, quite similar to last month.

  Today’s aim was to refurbish 30 wheelchairs for Vietnam. Thanks to the hard work of plenty of participants, we have finished 70 altogether so far. We’ll be able to meet our goal of 90, if we finish 20 next month. We expect to ship 90 wheelchairs to Vietnam in the end of September or at the beginning of October.

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(Left) Today’s wheelchairs to be refurbished.
(Right) We prepared six wastebaskets for everyone to sort garbage easily.

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(Left) U.S. Yokota Air Base group brought their own buckets with brushes and cleaning tools. They left their things as they will come and use them again.
(Right) Brook, five-year-old, joined the activity with the group.

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(Left) Brook, working with her parents.
(Right) U.S. Yokota Air Base group. (Brook’s family left early, so they are not here.) This is their third time. Thank you for your active work.

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(Left) The girls in black shirts are Tateishi twin sisters and a Sagami Women’s University student is explaining how to clean a wheelchair. The sisters joined through Fussa Voluntary Action Center.
(Right) Ms. Tomita, from Fussa Voluntary Action Center. This is her second time and she says she will continue to join our activity. How nice of her!

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Mr. Saito, who closed his barber shop lately, donated a lot of towels, both new and used (but clean) ones. We really appreciaite it. Thank you, Mr. Saito.

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(Left) Ms. Imokawa, teacher from Machidanooka Special School, visited us with her family, bringing two wheelchairs. Ms. Imokawa, her daughters, Mr. Morita, our president, and Mr. Oda, director.
(Right) There were family participants among Vietnamese group.

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(Left) Ethiopian group: Regular volunteer, Abebe, and marathon runner, Abee.
(Right) Kaito joined again, taking a on a cart.

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(Left) U.S. Yokota Air Base group lifting wheelchairs one after another. It was a great help!
(Right) Lifting members. Thank you, everyone!

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(Left) Akishima Rotary Club members with Mr. Morita. Thank you for your support.
(Right) Fussa High School group, with their teacher, Mr. Hara.

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(Left) Regular, Tama Technical High School group. We always rely on your work!
(Right) Vietnamese group with Maki.

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(Left) Watermelons in a pool.
(Right) Watermelon pieces left(in a minute).

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Lunchtime. As we started early, we had no more work after lunch.

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Thank you, everyone!

 July 21,2019 More than 100 participants gathered today.

  It’s still the rainy season. Volunteering members started to gather around nine in the morning and at ten o’clock, we had more than 100 participants for today’s meeting, the biggest number we’ve had so far: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Fussa High School group, U.S. Yokota Air Base group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and regular voluntary members.
  Today’s aim is to refurbish 30 wheelchairs for Vietnam. Thanks to the big number of participants, we have cleaned up 60 or more, but as for refurbishing, we’ve finished 30 as usual, because it takes time to check whether the wheelchairs are completely refurbished. We’ll continue refurbishing work for Vietnam in August and in September.

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The wheelchairs waiting for today’s work.

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(Left) Three schoolchildren came early:Hiyori, Koharu, and Nozoka.
(Right) One of our veteran members, Abebe, told them how to work in Japanese.
They joined in our meeting through Fussa Welfare Council, and Ms. Tomita, who arranged it, worked with them too. Thank you!

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(Left) It’s summer vacation for schoolchildren and Kaito joined for the third summer.
(Right) Kaito worked as a team leader, preparing drinks for all the participants.

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(Left) Sagami Women’s University student guiding schoolchildren.
(Right) Miku joined with her father and took photos of wheelchair with her favorite students.

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Mr. Shibata, from Yamato, Kanagawa prefecture, found our website and came over to deliver his child’s wheelchair in mint condition. He was impressed to see how today’s participants were working and registerd to be a regular personal member. Thank you, Mr. Shibata.

davYamashita, planner of Bike & Camp, joined with the additional contribution from Bike & Camp in June. The donation of his event adds up to 180 thousand yen. We really appreciate it.

davFussa High School students:they joined as part of their schoolwork.

Tama Technical High School group joins regularly. Sorry! No photos today.

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So many people! How grateful!

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(Left) US Yokota Air Base group:Austin, at the right side, joined by himself last month and today he brought his friends and worked together.
(Right) The ninth member, Aiden, is two years old.

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(Left) Bimala, Nepali, joined after a long absence.(left) Abebe and Miss Eco international, Tomita.
(Right) Tomita and her sister. They look quite alike.

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(Left) Ethiopia(her name), from Ethiopia, joined for the first time with her husband, Hisesaha.
(Right) Tomita, Japan’s representative of Miss Eco International, got first prize in Miss Cappadocia. Congratulations! Tomita, wearing the crown, with Ethiopian group. Tomita’s information is from here. Tomita is appointed to the Turkish tourism ambassador.

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(Left) Today’s lunch was Vietnamese dish, Bun cha gio: fried spring rolls, rice noodles and vegetables.
(Right) Dessert was Che: sweet soup with corns.

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(Left) Today’s chef, Anh.
(Right) The chef and other Vietnamese members prepared lunch for 100 people. Our president, Morita, made full arrangement beforehand, and our new director, Nakajima, went to Saitama to get prepared food. Everybody liked today’s lunch. Many thanks to all of you.

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Lunchtime. There were some who couldn’t find a place to have a seat.

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(Left) Director, Oda, talking about today’s results and participants.
(Right) President, Morita, thanked everyone for today’s work.

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Thank you, everyone. Thanks for delicious Vietnamese dishes.


=Extra report=

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Director, Oda, gave lectures to Sagami Women’s University group about our NGO’s activities.

 June 16,2019 We’ve finished 70 wheelchairs for Malaysia.

  It was surprisingly fair compared with a stormy weather yesterday. We continued to refurbish wheelchairs for Malaysia and finished today’s goal, 70 wheelchairs. Adding these to last month’s 100, we send 170 in total by a 40-feet container.

  Our work process is cleaning, putting seals & measuring the size of each wheelchair, taking pictures of them, and packing, like last month. We didn’t adjust brakes or exchange tires, but we send tires for exchanging and necessary parts, instead. We also send 30 child safety seats and 12 boxes of orthosis. The ship loading them is scheduled to leave Tokyo in the beginning of July.

  Today’s participants were about 60 in total; Sagami Women’s University group, Vitnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and Volunteering members.

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(Left) Wheelchairs to be refurbished today.
(Right) Meeting before working. We need to confirm what to do and how to do it so as to work efficiently.

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(Left) Lots of cushion material for packing.
(Right) Child safety seats.

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Hand-operated lift to prevent height difference. We send it to Malaysia as well.

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(Left) Tama Technical High School group.
(Right) Sagami Women’s University group.(all first-years)

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(Left) Ethiopian group.
(Right) Zena, who joined our activity for the first time, is a graduate student majoring in architecture.



We had a lot of new volunteers today.

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Mr. Matsuda from Kyal Fund, which has been supporting the Kyrgyz Republic in Cebtral Asia, worked vigorously with us.

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Mr. Shiraishi, one of whose friends does volunteer work in Columbia, found our NGO on the net and joined us thinking he also would be able to do voluntary activity.

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(Left) Mr. Tinh, vice CEO of a construction company, and Ms. Ngan, translator. He got interested in our activity and visited us to see our work.
(Right) They tried refurbishing work too.

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Austin from Yokota base(center). He found our NGO on the net, got interested, and joined us today.

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(Left) Ms. Aida, who has been supporting native peoples in Mindanao, the Philippines, found our NGO on the net. She joined us so that she could learn about wheelchairs.
(Right) Ms. Aida tried cleaning with the help of Vietnamese members.

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(Left) Ms. Nishide from Kodaira Jazz association joined our activity. She also brought us donation.
(Right) Mr. Ikeuchi from Tokyo Laos society. He had got a request of a wheelchair from a child hospital in Laos.
Our chief engineer, Nishio, selected one and handed it to him.

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Mr. and Ms. Asano visited us to bring two wheelchairs. We really appreciate their coming and donation.

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It’s not easy (but very important) to keep tool in order. One of our veteran volunteers, Nakao, designed a tool box himself and brought it. Thanks!

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Delicious bolied corns for lunchtime. How sweet!

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(Left) Mr. Tinh and Ms. Ngan enjoying corns.
(Right) Oda, our director, and Sagami Women’s University group members.

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Thank you everyone for your good work!

 May 19,2019 We’ve finished cleaning 103 wheelchairs for Malaysia.

  It was a fair, pleasant Sunday. Our work today was for Malaysia. We planned to send 90 wheelchairs at first, but we’ve changed the number into 160 to 180, so our goal today became 100.
  Our usual process is cleaning, refurbishing including exchanging tires and adjusting brakes, putting seals, taking measurements, and packing, but as we have confirmed that our partner in Malaysia can cover refurbishing, we can omit refurbishing part, which has shortened the working time and has doubled the number of wheelchairs we can clean and pack today. However, there’s a possibility that the local partner cannot get new tires, so we offer tires for some wheelchairs which will need exchanging tires.

  Today we had about sixty people in total: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Nokko Asset Management group, Ethiopian group, and volunteering members. Thanks to these participants, we finished cleaning and packing more than 100 (103!) wheelchairs. We’re going to do the same way next month and will be able to send 180 wheelchairs to Malaysia at the end of June.

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100 wheelchairs waiting for volunteers.

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Our staff explaining to participants how different today’s work is.

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(Left) A bathing chair. This is very helpful for getting a child into a bath.
(Right) A wheelchair with electric assistance. It doesn’t self-drive, but helps to move, so it’s easy to advance with less power. This is an electric wheelchair, so we will talk with Saito Factory about how to use it.

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(Left) Nikko Asset Management group.
(Right) Vietnamese group.

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(Left) Participants listening to today’s results.
(Rigth) Yamashita talking about his bicycle event, where he is going to run a fund-raising campaign for us.

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Thank you, everyone!