Volunteering in Fukushima- Spring 2013

an article by FuJET Volunteer Coordinator, David Tacoronte

Easter event at Soma Aiikuen

Easter is generally seen as a Western religious holiday celebrated during the spring time. In a non-secular fashion, it is usually cited as a holiday for the rebirth of nature and the coming of life during spring time! So to help celebrate, 7 volunteers including 6 JET ALTs and 1 local English teacher visited the local Aiikuen orphanage located in Soma city. Sponsored by E4F, the kids in the center spent the day making colorful paper Easter baskets, attending an egg hunt, learning a little about Easter, and finished by playing assorted games and activities with the Easter bunny. All in all, it was a fun afternoon, filled with smiles and chocolate! E4F looks forward to setting-up more events and continuing the bond with the orphanage in the near future! You can check out photos of the event on Eyes for Fukushima’s (E4F) Facebook page or athttp://e4f.fujet.org.

Playground of Hope

The Playground of Hope, or PoH, NPO project was launched on April 1st, 2012. They hope to bring relief to the Tohoku region by helping to build, and rebuild playground sets in all the areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster. Led by Michael Anop, PoH looks to raise spirits in the community by providing a source of entertainment, colorful aesthetic, and physical activity for the children. Seeing them smile, laugh, and have a sense of security is the ultimate goal. Just recently, the project successfully sponsored and built a large playground in the Haramachi area of Minamisoma city. Even with the chilly weather, the team, coupled with the spirit of the community, were able to get everything set-up within two days! Seeing the children laugh and play on the brand new play-set brought a sense of calm and hope which is ever growing on the coast.

The next playground, funded by E4F, is set to be built on June 22nd in Shinchi along the northern coast of Fukushima. The project will be visiting the Shinchi daycare facility and is planning to finish within two days. Check out the website at http://www.playgroundofhope.org/ or you can find their page on Facebook.

Fukushima Battle of the Bands

E4F will be hosting a Battle of the Bands event on July 6th! This event is geared towards the older students of the prefecture. Ten high school bands and five DJs will be battling it out in Club NEO to win the top spot and receive prizes and glory to continue their journey to fame! Come see live local music and support a great cause. All proceeds of the event will go to ON THE ROAD charity, which helps with clean-up, volunteer activities, events and many other relief efforts around the Tohoku region. Check out their website here: (Japanese only) https://otr.or.jp/support/
Check out the Battle of the Bands event over on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/events/486844274717466

//this article originally appeared in the June 2013 issue of the Lucky Island newsletter//

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