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.
April 21,2019 We’ve finished refurbishing 40 wheelchairs for Thailand.
It was a pleasant monthly meeting day with about fifty participants in total; Sagami Women’s University group, Tama Technical High School group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, and volunteering members.
Our plan for Thailand is to send ninety wheelchairs in May. We’ve asked General incorporated corporation independence support group to refurbish some of of them. We did finish refurbishing forty wheelchairs today.
(Left)Miku, third grader, was always with Sagami Women’s Uni students.
(Right)Ethiopian group. Nanami Tomita, Miss Eco International, tells us about the international contest, “I was ranked sixth. I think I did my best, and it was most enjoyable moment for me. I’d like to thank everyone for giving me supportive messagaes.” The detail is from her blog.
(Left)Mr. and Mrs. Iwai, friends of one of our volunteering members, has donated their wheelchair. It’s sad to say that their child passed away just after their new wheelchair was made. They do request that their wheelchair be sent to an overseas child and be used effectively.
(Right) Mr. and Mrs. Iwai watching how wheelchairs are packed.
Mar. 17, 2019 We completed refurbishing 90 wheelchairs for Philippines.
It was fair in the morning but it became cloudy with a bit cold wind in the afternoon. Today’s participants were about forty in total; Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and volunteering members.
We set the goal of 35 so that the number of wheelchairs for Philippines would be 90 in total, and thanks to each member’s hard and efficient work, we were able to reach today’s goal. Following the transport in February, the second ship is scheduled to arrive in Manila on April 5, after packing into the container on March 19 and loading into the ship on 25.
(Left) The warehouse is full of used wheelchairs, though we were worried that we might not send enough wheelchairs overseas as there had been less and less wheelchairs gathering for one time.
(Right)Volunteering members got together in half an hour, active at work.
(Left)Tama Technical High School group. Ms. Kawada (female teacher) takes over the regular member, Mr. Takano (male teacher).
(Right) Nagamine has delivered two wheelchairs which her friends donated for us.
(Left)Five students of Sagami Women’s University who graduate this month made a brief speech.
(Right) Mr. Takano(center) and Ms. Kawada(right), in charge of JRC of Tama Technical High School, made a brief speech. Mr. Takano joined for the last time as their teacher, but hopefully he will continue working with us.
Feb. 17, 2019 We continued refurbishing wheelchairs for Philippines.
We did refurbishing 38 wheelchairs to send to Philippines in March.
It was a fair Sunday, but the wind was cold. Still, there were around forty participants: Sagami Women’s University group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama Technical High School group, and regular volunteering members.
(Left) A manual to use the wheelchair properly and keep it in good condition.
(Right) How unique! This is operated only by the right hand. The little ring moves the right wheel and the big one moves the left wheel.
We had visitors from Edogawa, Tokyo, Daichi Segawa and his parents. Daichi has just passed the entrance exam for a high school and seemed to enjoy today’s visit, moving freely and talking with volunteering members on his electric wheelchair. The parents were also glad to talk to Mr. Nishino, who is one of our directors and in charge of technical part, and got useful advice from the professional technician.
Daichi’s mother said when Daichi outgrew his former wheelchair they didn’t know how to put it away and they didn’t want just to dispose of the usable wheelchair. Then they found our website and contacted us to make a donation, through which they got interested in our activity and visited us today.
(Left) Mr. Takano, Tama Technical High School teacher, told us that they got the prize for the activity of Junior Red Cross for the third time.
(Right) Mr. Morita gave thanks to today’s participants.
Jan. 20, 2019 We finished refurbishing wheelchairs for Philippines.
We did refurbishing 35 wheelchairs for Philippines.
The weather was fair, not so cold or windy, good for our monthly meeting. There were over sixty people for today’s activity; Sagami women’s university group, Vietnamese group, Ethiopian group, Tama technical high school group, and regular volunteering members. In addition to 45 wheelchairs finished last month, we refurbished 35 today, making it 80 in total. All of these are to leave Japan in about two weeks and reach Philippines around February 15th.
Thanks to a large number of participants we finished 14 more today. As we continue the work for Philippines, we’ll be able to send another 80 wheelchairs in March.
(From left) Mr. Horiuchi, Mr. Saiki, and our Ethiopian member Abebe. (The two are Abebe’s friends)
Mr. Saiki got interested in our activity as he is planning to start a company related recycing in the near future.
(Left)We hadn’t seen this type before and we don’t even know how to use it. (maybe for moving a child and some equipments?)
(Right)A bicycle for kids. We hope some children with disability will ride it some day.
Nanami Tomita, the nominee for Miss Eco International Japan. She said she joined us since our activity is recycling wheelchairs and she got interested in it. She is hoping to win first prize in Miss Eco International World Contest, which is held in Egypt in March this year. Good luck!
Tonjiru miso soup (miso soup with prok and vegetables) was served. Mr. Nishino, the head of refurbishing work, worked as a chef with the help of volunteering members. It was soooo good that many came for seconds.
The following is how participants were enjoying their lunch. Looks yummy, doesn’ it?