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