From January 23 to February 3, 2014, in seven locations in Minami Sanriku Cho, exhibitions of Tomihiro Hoshino’s artwork along with Concert & Cafe Event will be held.
CRASHJapan is looking for volunteers to be at these relaxing cafes to serve as listeners.
The dates for which CRASH is responsible for are January 29 to February 3, we are recruiting “active listening” volunteers for this time period.
This is valuable chance to serve those in Minami Sanriku Cho, as the local people come to the exhibition and open their hearts will you be there to listen?
To hear the real situation and listen to the real voice of the people.
1000 days from the disaster we must continue to “Don’t Forget” and bring the message of “We Remember”
Dates Needed: January 29 to February 3 (Wednesday to Monday)
(Feb. 2 is Sunday worship is observed and there is no event planned)
Partial participation is OK. Volunteering for just one day is also OK.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 1 to 5 people
Requirements: Christian, Business level Japanese
Accomodations: Minami Sanriku Cho Volunteer Center is planning
Lodging fee assistance is available
※We would like to have training seminar for volunteers.The training is scheduled on Jan 28th and 30th.
Christian Academy in Japan has designated new donations to the Love in Action fund to go to support OperationSAFE child trauma camps in the Philippines in response to Typhoon Haiyan. CAJ: Donate.
Headmaster Brian Vander Haak writes on his blog, “We know from experience that needs in the Philippines will linger far longer than most aid workers and the swell of donations will subside.” CAJ students were active from the very first days raising money in support of 2011 tsunami survivors in Japan and then followed up with volunteer teams who went to serve in Tohoku.
Their goal is to raise just over ¥400,000 to sponsor an entire camp of children to receive emotional first aid and trauma intervention in East Samar, one of the most heavily affected Philippine provinces. Each child can be sponsored for as little as ¥3,800.
Two pastors from the Philippine Children’s Ministry Network travelled last week to the city of Zamboanga in Mindanao where two months previously rebel forces burned portions of the city and up to ten thousand residents had lost their homes. They were sent to do assessment of needs and find appropriate partners and venues for OperationSAFE child trauma camps, visiting Barangays Santa Barbara, Lustre and Santa Catalina and the evacuation centre called the “Grandstand”. In the town proper, they interviewed children who were begging and discovered that they were evacuees from Rio Hondo where their homes were destroyed by the recent armed conflict.
Pastor Cesar Lubrico of Tondo Blessed Hope Bible Baptist Church asks for prayers, “Let’s pray that the childrens’ plight for home, food, education, and health are not set aside.” The crisis in Zamboanga has been dwarfed by this month’s typhoon that has affected millions in the Philippines, but the children’s needs still remain.
Interviews with both children and adults leads to the conclusion that their trauma is not over yet. The appearance of helicopters in the sky, the crash of a heavy falling object, thunder and ambulance sirens all trigger fright and apprehension.
Zamboanga, Mindanao will receive OperationSAFE child trauma camps in December. Please pray for the children and for those who are ministering to them.