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.

  We had a mini-meeting after a long interval.

  As the state of emergency for COVID-19, issued on January 7, 2021, was lifted on March 21, we had a mini-meeting on April 11, after a long interval. The participants were Sagami Women’s University group and Vietnamese group. There were also Tanabe twin brothers, Fussa residents, working with us during the morning.

  We took great care in holding the meeting such as measuring body temperature, sanitizing with alcohol, and wearing a mask so as to prevent the new corona virus infection.

  The day’s task was cleaning, refurbishing, and packing wheelchairs for APHT, Thailand, started in November last year. We’ve finished cleaning and refurbishing twelve wheelchairs and packing seven out of them, meaning we’ve got 30 wheelchairs ready for APHT now.

  Under the corona crisis, all we can do is hold mini-meetings, which means activities by a small number of people. As the number of wheelchairs we can refurbish in such meetings is not large, we’ve entrusted NGO Youth Support Center to refurbish wheelchairs in the same way as we do. They’ve finished refurbishing 22 wheelchairs as of April 11, so there are 52 wheelchairs for APHT in total, and we plan to refurbish 38 more for Thailand.

April 11   Secretariat

The activity went like this.

Sanitizing with alcohol and measuring temperature first, then filling in the form.

Sagami Women’s Uni group, cleaning wheelchairs.

(Left)Vietnamese group, cleaning wheelchairs.
(Right)Giang, chief of Vietnamese group, refurbishing wheelchairs as usual.

Tanabe brothers, cleaning wheelchairs.

It was a fine day.

Today’s participants. Thank you for joining the meeting!

  We had the last mini-meeting of the year on Dec. 20.

  On December 20, we had the last mini-meeting of 2020. The participants were five members from Sagami Women’s University group and a few voluntary members.

  What we did first was tidy up our new warehouse, which was full of wheelchairs, around 200. There was no room for new wheelchairs and it’s necessary to keep everything in order. We put all the wheelchairs out and divided them into three groups according to their condition. Then we put them back into the warehouse keeping in mind that we make good use of space inside.
  We also set various tools we use for cleaning and refurbishing in order and put them in boxes with stickers on them so that we could tell what tools are in each box.

  We did usual refurbishing work as well and finished cleaning eight wheelchairs. In order to realize our present goal of sending 90 wheelchairs to Thailand, we continue our activities in mini-meetings in 2021, too.

The following is how the activity went today.

Putting wheelchairs out and dividing them into groups according to their condition.

(Left) Making space inside to keep wheelchairs and tools in order.
(Right) Putting wheelchairs back into the warehouse.

Each wheelchair is built for its particular user and some of them have their own shape, but it’s not easy for the overseas partner to find children suited to such wheelchairs. So we make them into regular-type wheelchairs before sending abroad, cutting sponge in the cushion for example.

(Left) Many tools are assorted and put into boxes with stickers on them.
(Right) Lunchtime in the warm sunlight.

Thank you for joining today, everyone.

It’s been a hard year with the new corona virus and moving to the new warehouse, but thanks to your support we’ve been able to hold mini-meetings and carry on our activity of refurbishing wheelchairs. We’d like to thank you with all our heart.
We wish everyone a Happy New Year!

  We did a mini-meeting with Sagami Women Uni group on Dec. 6.

  We keep having a mini-meeting at our new activity base under the corona-influenced situation, and we’ve got used to working in a small group. On December 6, Mr. Takano, ex-teacher of Tama Technical High School, and five members from Sagami Women’s University group joined this meeting. It was a warm, pleasant day for December.

  The spread of new coronavirus around the world has made it difficult for us to choose a place to send wheelchairs, but recently it has become almost certain to send 90 wheelchairs to Thailand. Today’s meeting is refurbishing and packing wheelchairs for the country. We’d like to finish cleaning and refurbishing 90 wheelchairs and send them to Thailand by March 2021.

The following is how our activity went today.

(Left) Wiping a wheelchair, the first step in cleaning.
(Right) Removing dust and hairball from magic tapes.

(Left) Laying a tatami mat so that sands or gravel won’t come in.
(Right) Lunchtime is always a fun time.

Today’s participants. (Taking off their masks for the photo.)

“Though it’s a hard time for everyone due to corona, we had a good time working together with sufficient measures for preventing it. We’re glad to have joined the activity today. We’d also like to thank the staff members, who gave us instructions in refurbishing wheelchairs.” (Participants’ talk.)

Thank you for joining.

  We did a mini-meeting with Vietnamese group on Nov. 29.

  Instead of holding a big monthly meeting, we’ve been doing a mini-meeting several times. On November 22, it was held mainly with Sagami Women’s University group, and on November 29, it was with Vietnamese group.

  It was a bit cold on Nov. 29, and there were also Ms. Nagamine and her daughter, Kanon. During refurbishing work, Mr. Inagaki of So company, who has often brought us wheelchairs, visited us with eight wheelchairs. Another guest was Ms. Nagamine’s friend, Ms. Otaka, who runs a child day-service office at Hino city. She brought us three wheelchairs she had received from Hachioji-higashi special school. We’d like to express our thanks to them, who are nice and kind to support our activity.

(Left) Arranging wheelchairs in line to be refurbished today.
(Right) Preparing various kinds of tools.

(Left) Four members of Vietnamese group working on wheelchairs.
(Right) Lunchtime.

(Left) Mr. Inagaki and wheelchairs he brought today.
(Right) Ms. Otaka and her child.(On the left. To her right is Ms. Nagamine.)

So sorry, Kanon! We failed to take your photo.

  We did a mini-meeting at our new base.

  Since October 2020, our working base has moved to a new warehouse in Fussa. We’ve had a mini-meeting twice there mainly with Sagami Women’s University group and Tama Technical High School group, but we couldn’t cover these activities so there’s no report on them.
  On November 15, we did a mini-meeting with Tama Technical High School group and Sagami Women’s University group. We were a bit confused at the beginning as the new base was kind of unfamiliar to us but it was pleasant to work outside under the blue sky. The following is how we had the meeting.

(Left) The complete view of our new warehouse. There’s gravel covered on the ground around it.
(Right) The signboard of the new base. Everyone can see it from the distance.

Tama Technical High School group. With the help of ex-advisory teacher, Mr. Takano, and present-advisory teacher, Ms. Kawada, the members did reliable refurbishing work as usual.

(Left) We put tatami-mats on gravel and worked there.
(Right) Lunchtime.

Today’s participants. We took off our masks only for taking pictures.
Thank you everyone!

  We had a mini-meeting on September 13.

  September 13, a cool Sunday for a mini-meeting. The participants were Vietnamese group, Sagami Women’s University group, and voluntary members. We all took our temperature, sterilized our hands with alcohol, and started working with a mask on to prevent the new coronavirus infection.
  We have finished refurbishing and packing 16 wheelchairs, finishing up 70 wheelchairs through several mini-meetings.

  We had a guest, Ms. Namekawa, teacher from a special school in Tokyo. She joined our activity thinking that her students might be able to clean the wheelchairs collected at their school. She hopes to provide us with those wheelchairs if possible, which is a great idea. She tried cleaning a wheelchair and worked with us to the end of the meeting.

(Left) Checking the temperature and condition.
(Right) We worked away from each other, keeping physical distancing.

(Left) Sagami Women’s University members.
(Right) Regular voluntary member.

  Ms. Namekawa, who visited us to learn about our activity, tried cleaning a wheelchair after she got explanation about our NGO by President Morita.

Today’s participants. Thank you, everyone!

  We had a mini-meeting, the last one in August.

  August 30, another very hot day, we had kind of a ‘big’ mini-meeting: Ethiopian group and Vietnamese group, less than twenty participants in total.

  Before starting we got everyone to take temperature and write it in “Participation Card.” We also got them to fill in their name and phone number so that we can contact them if there should be new coronavirus infection. We were relieved all the members had 36℃ range temperature.

  The Ethiopian group did packing wheelchairs and the Vietnamese group did refurbishing work. Our present goal is 70 wheelchairs for Myanmar and today’s result was 45. We intend to finish 25 more by the end of September.

(Left) Thermometer which can measure temperature in three seconds.
(Right) Participant’s information: temperature, name, and contact address.

(Left) Mouth shield.           (Right) Face shield.

(Left) Vietnamese group in charge of refurbishing, exchanging wheels, for example.
(Right) Ethiopian group packing wheelchairs.

Lunchtime: it’s been quite a while since we had lunch together like this.

Today’s participants with national flags. Thank you, everyone!

 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.
 (From left)
 Sugihara, Sugiyame, Yoshihara,
 Today was the final meeting to some of

(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.