|“Nozomi Kids Station”, an after-school daycare for children with disabilities, re-opened after relocating to Soja City (July 23rd, 2018)|
AAR Japan’s emergency response team is continuing relief activities in Mabicho, Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, which suffered extensive damage. On July 23rd, AAR Japan visited “Nozomi Kids Station”, which provides after-school day care services for children with disabilities. 11 children with disabilities, ranging from elementary to high school age, had been using their services, but the recent flood had completely destroyed the facility. Their five shuttle cars were also submerged in the flood waters. The manager, Ms. Tomoko KAWAKAMI, gave up on resuming services in the same location and decided to relocate to the neighboring Soja City. However, the new 130 square meter space only had an air conditioning unit made for a 13 square meter space. In this hot and muggy room, the children were playing with the stuffed animal toys that the staff had managed to acquire. In an effort to make the new space more enjoyable for the children, whose living conditions have become less certain, AAR Japan provided toys, two fans, and storage items, such as a shoe rack. The children were very happy and quickly started playing with the new toys. Watching them play lifted our spirits.
|The stuffed animals and toys that the staff managed to gather for the children. (July 23rd, 2018)|
|AAR Japan was able to deliver toys to “Nozomi Kids Station”. The childrens’ smiles lifted our spirits. Pictured are Haruko TANAKA (center) and Adly LAGAT (right) of AAR Japan|
Those who support the soup kitchen
At the Kurashiki Public Nima Elementary School evacuation center, AAR Japan is working with the non-profit organization Peace Project, helping to run soup kitchens. There is now fresh running water in the evacuation center, which had previously been turbid, so bottled water had been used in the soup kitchen.
AAR Japan provided many different side dishes centered around vegetables, which are currently in short supply. (July 25th, 2018)
|The dishes were well received with people saying: “This was my first time eating fish and prepared dishes since the disaster. It was very tasty!” (July 23rd, 2018)|
|When we opened the soup kitchen, a line quickly formed, and we weren’t finished with serving meals until 7pm. (July 24th, 2018)|
|Without help from the local volunteers, we would not be able to continue the soup kitchen. (July 25th, 2018)|
|Pictured is Shinichiro OHARA of AAR Japan (center) working alongside the local volunteers (July 23rd, 2018)|
People were exhausted after scraping out the mud from their flood damaged houses, but looked recovered after having meal.
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