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.

  Mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s Uni group.

  On May 15, we had a mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s University group.

  Since we have not finalized the specific recipient for the next donation, we have decided not to do any maintenance or packing, but only cleaning. As in the past, we ensured that corona measures were taken and got to work, and finished cleaning 10 wheelchairs. We would like to thank every participant for their hard work.

May 15, 2022      Secretariat

Sagami Women’s Uni group gathered 5 minutes before the scheduled time as usual and immediately started working after taking temperature checks and other corona measures.

(Left) Working in pairs to clean wheelchairs.
(Right) The equipment circled by the red dotted circle are steam cleaners that emit steam at 150°C. They can remove stubborn stains with high-temperature steam.

Cleaning with the wheels removed so as to wash the dirt off completely. Perfect!

Wheelchair used as a stretcher. Removing the wheels is good for complete cleaning.

(Left) The cleaning procedure is now well understood. We turned over wheelchairs and cleaned them carefully.
(Right) Lunchtime is fun. Today’s lunch was a stylish hamburger box lunch in an eco-friendly paper package. It was delicious.

Thanks again for your hard work today.

  Meeting with a bit large number of participants.

  On April 24, we had a meeting with a bit large number of participants, mostly Sagami Women’s University group and Vietnamese group. We got them to work in pairs. Sagami group did cleaning wheelchairs and Vietnamese group did both cleaning and refurbishing work.

  The weather got worse and worse unfortunately, and we worked under the roof of the wood yard of Ishikawa Brewery or inside the warehouse. As it was not easy to do in such small places, we finished the activity earlier than usual. Thanks for working in the rain.

April 26, 2022      Secretariat

(Left) Setting wheelchairs in front of the warehouse before volunteers come.
(Right) Sagami Women’s Uni group arriving ahead of time. Filling in the temperature and contact number.

Sagami group (left) and Vietnamese group (right): both starting to work.

(Left) It began to rain during the activity. Sagami group working under the roof of the wood yard of Ishikawa Brewery. (Firewood is seen in the far back.)
(Right) Vietnamese group moved into the warehouse. Sorry for the inconvenience!

(Left) Sagami group at lunchtime.
(Right) Vietnamese group having lunch inside.

(Left) Sagami group having their University project flag.
(Right) Vietnamese group, including the ninth member, a cute toddler.

Thank you everyone for joining the activity in the rain!

 We had the first meeting of FY 2022.

  On April 10, we had the first meeting of FY 2022, following the release of the Semi-emergency coronavirus measure in Tokyo on March 21.

  The participants were only Sagami Women’s University group again. Among them were two members who had just graduated this spring and started working. We’re glad we had them coming as we know it’s not easy to join the meeting after graduation.

  Mr. Inagaki from SOU Company, Ltd. visited us to deliver some wheelchairs during the activity. He always brings such clean wheelchairs that they need almost no cleaning and says, “Be sure to deliver the wheelchairs to overseas children.”

  We just purchased two steam cleaners, one for business use and one for household use, and we used the household one to clean wheelchairs at the meeting. We found it possible to clean the frame and metal parts efficiently with the household one as well as with the business use one we tried last time. It was also easy to remove mold on the cushion. We’d like to send overseas children wheelchairs polished up with the brand-new steam cleaners.

April 11, 2022      Secretariat

Let’s get started!

(Left) It feels good to use the steam cleaner and remove the dirt so well.
(Right) A staff member exchanging casters.

Mr. and Mrs. Inagaki with various types of wheelchairs they have brought.

Lunch indoors, it was very hot outside.

Thank you for joining today, Sagami Women’s Uni group!

 We had the final meeting of FY 2021.

  Due to the corona crisis, we hadn’t had regular meetings from January through March 2022, after the extra mini-meeting on December 23, 2021. As the Semi-emergency coronavirus measure was released on March 21, we had the final meeting of FY 2021 on March 27.

  We still need to be cautious about the corona virus. The participants were only Sagami Women’s University group. Three senior students joined us literally for the last time.

  The students started cleaning wheelchairs in pairs. The wheelchairs were heavily soiled and it took them much longer than usual to clean up one wheelchair, but they patiently worked on the activity and finished cleaning eight wheelchairs. Good job, Sagami Women’s Uni group!

  This time we tried cleaning with a steam cleaner. As a result, we were able to clean the frame and metal parts of the wheel efficiently. We also found it easy to remove mold from cushions by using both mold remover and the steam cleaner. We couldn’t help giving up removing heavy mold so far, but by cleaning this new way, we might be able to make used wheelchairs into as good as new ones and send them abroad.

March 28, 2022      Secretariat

(Left)Sagami Women’s Uni group, arriving before 10 o’clock, disinfecting hands and fingers, checking temperature, and filling in the registration form.
(Right)Starting to work on wheelchairs.

(Left)Removing off dirt by turning a wheelchair sideways or upside down.
(Right)Trying to clean the frame and remove the mold from cushions using the steam cleaner. The steam cleaner was really effective.

(Left)Lunchtime, having delicious bento.
(Right)The senior students handing over a token of appreciation to Mr. Morita for the guidance so far. Very nice of them!

Thank you for joining, Sagami Women’s University group, especially the seniors!

 We had an extra meeting.

  On December 23, we had an extra meeting with the help of TM Project Co., Ltd. staff members, who undertake a task of taking wheelchairs for us. What we did was putting our warehouse in order and packing buggy-type wheelchairs undone.

  While it’s been hard to refurbish lots of wheelchairs at a time since last year, more and more wheelchairs have been brought in from special schools and certain number of individuals. That’s why our warehouse is full to capacity and we need to work on it. Actually we have been asking some of our overseas partners whether they’ll be able to accept wheelchairs undone.

  Mr. Syed in Malaysia, to whom we had sent wheelchairs undone before, offered to accept buggy-type wheelchairs as they’re popular in Malaysia and relatively easy to refurbish. We did send 90 wheelchairs to Malaysia in August this year, but they seem to want buggy-type additionally because of the popularity of that type being light and easy to handle.

  In such a situation, we got offering from TM Project that they’d like to do something for our NGO in return for getting a job of transporting wheelchairs. So we asked them to check how many buggy-type wheelchairs were in the warehouse and pack them. There was also one of our voluntary member, Mr. Tanabe, working with us.

  We all carried out buggy-type wheelchairs, put them both number and logo stickers, then packed them. It took only a few hours to finish packing 22 buggy-type wheelchairs.

  We expect to add relatively small wheelchairs to all the buggy-type wheelchairs we have, and send 90 wheelchairs to Malaysia in the beginning of February. Thank you very much, TM Project members and Mr. Tanabe!

December 23, 2021      Secretariat

Carrying out buggy-type wheelchairs from the warehouse.

Putting wheelchairs both number and logo stickers and packing them. Surprisingly quick and neat work of professionals!

Today’s participants. Five people from the right are TM Project members, the sixth is Mr. Tanabe, and the last one is our President, Mr. Morita.

 Final meeting in 2021.

  On December 19, we had a final meeting in 2021. Today’s meeting was not for refurbishing but for having zenzai: thick, sweet soup of azuki beans. The participants were six members of Sagami Women’s University group. Thank you for coming in spite of the busiest season of the year.

  With the help of many supporters we’ve had thirteen meetings so far this year. Though we couldn’t hold any gathering during the time form January through March owing to the corona crisis, we became able to have small gatherings as mini-meetings since April. It was Sagami Women’s University group and the Vietnamese group who have supported our activities. Thank you very much.

December 19, 2021      Secretariat

(Left) President Morita, coming over and making a speech with gratitude.
(Right) Putting shiratama dumpling and rice cake in zenzai. Enjoy both tastes!

Thank you, everyone. Let’s meet and have fun next year, too!

 Second mini-meeting in December.

  On December 12, we had a mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s University group and Vietnamese group. One of the Vietnamese group members, Ms. Gwen, joined with her one-year-old daughter, which added to the friendly atmosphere in the meeting.

  We, like the previous meeting, tried to do ‘almost’ perfect cleaning. The result was six ‘good as new’ wheelchairs cleaned mainly by Sagami Women’s Uni group.

  Since this was the second time, it took less time than before to clean with wheels removed. As for refurbishing work, the result was as many as sixteen wheelchairs ready for packing. Surely many of them were in good condition even before refurbishing, but it’s also thanks to the high refurbishing level of Vietnamese members.

  We’d like to say thank you to these two regular groups. We really appreciate your joining.

December 12, 202      Secretariat

(Left) Staff members removing wheels and casters before volunteers come. Removed parts are put in a case so as not to be missed.
(Right) Sagami Women’s Uni group member polishing a wheelchair.

(Left) Sagami Women’s Uni group member learning how to remove wheels.
(Right) Vietnamese group member, Ms. Gwen, and her daughter.

Lunchtime, having lunch together under a blue sky.

Thank you, everyone!

 First mini-meeting in December.

  On December 5, we had a mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s University group. There were also a new volunteer, Ms. Wada, and Mr. Miyata of Wakuwaku Kobo Hanno.

  Our NGO’s activity is to get wheelchairs which are not used anymore, refurbish and make them in good shape again, and send them to overseas children who need them. The condition of the wheelchairs we receive is of great variety; some are as good as new ones so we could send them without cleaning, some are those which have been used for a long time and need complete cleaning and refurbishing before sent to needy children abroad, and some have been left outdoors and quite hard to clean. Once in a while we need to exchange some tires, too. Our aim is to make them as good as new ones, but it’s not such an easy task.

  So, we tried removing wheels and casters before cleaning, which would make cleaning work easy and perfect as well. It did take much more time than usual, but the results were quite satisfying. We’d like to try different ways like this to meet our goal, making used wheelchairs as good as new ones.

  In this way, we’ve finished cleaning three wheelchairs and packing two wheelchairs.

Thank you everyone for joining our activity today.

December 5      Secretariat

Cleaning after removing wheels and casters. So easy to clean almost every small parts.

Today’s participants with three wheelchairs they’ve just cleaned.

 Third mini-meeting in November.

  On November 28, we had a mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, guest volunteers, and regular volunteers. Vietnamese group did refurbishing work and the rest did cleaning, with the result that we’ve finished cleaning 7 wheelchairs and refurbishing 10 wheelchairs.

  Mr. Miyata of Wakuwaku Kobo Hanno came over again and checked inventory. He also put various parts in order so that we could find necessary parts in no time. We really appreciate it.

Thank you everyone for joining our activity.

November 28, 2021      Secretariat

(Left) Sagami Women’s Uni group, working hard as usual
(Right) Vietnamese group, refurbishing with skill.

(Left) Guest volunteers, teachers from Seiho Gakuen.
(Right) Voluntary members: the man in blue is Mr. Udo, who joined us for the second time, the woman with a brown cap is a veteran volunteer, Ms. Makino.

Today’s participants.

 Second mini-meeting in November.

  On November 21, we had a mini-meeting with Sagami Women’s University group and Tama Technical High School group. There were also Mr. Miyata from Wakuwaku Kobo Hanno and Mr. Okubo, who used to donate us wheelchairs.
  Since some parts needed for refurbishing are still unaffordable, we focused our activity on cleaning and were able to finish cleaning 14 wheelchairs.

Thank you everyone for today’s work!

November 21, 2021      Secretariat