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) 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.
The Ambassador and voluntary members.
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) 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).
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.
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(!).
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) 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) 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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
(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!
(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.
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.
(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!
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.
Tama Technical High School group joins regularly. Sorry! No photos today.
(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.
(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.
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.
We had a lot of new volunteers today.
(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.
(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.
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.
(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.