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Update on September 25, 2013

September 25, 2013

Activities by Morioka YMCA Miyako Volunteer Center
-The Students at the Hiroshima YMCA College made "okonomiyaki"
On August 20, after 22-hour ride by bus, the students at the Hiroshima YMCA College arrived in Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture from Hiroshima. They had planned to make "okonomiyaki" (Japanese-style pizza) for the people who live in the temporary houses and they practised at an okonomiyaki restaurant in Hiroshima. They had a summer festival on August 22 and 23 and they had a stall to cook and serve okonomiyaki. 500 pieces were made. Before the festival, they visited the Temporary Housings in Kanan and in Daini Junior High School to promote the festival.

-The first water sport program in two years
On September 21, Miyako Volunteer Center Adventure Club had water sport activities. This event was first planned about two years ago, but it had not been done due to bad weather since then. This time, the long-cherished wish was realized finally. 12 participants enjoyed kayaking, riding rubber boats and snorkeling.

Activity by Sendai YMCA
-The students at the Wakayama YMCA International Welfare College visited a nursing home
From August 19 to 23, 40 students at Wakayama YMCA International Welfare College, the Care Worker's Course visited the Hibiki Kogyo Danchi Temporary Housings in Higashi-matsushima City and Miyama-so, the Special Nursing Home for the Elderly in Yamamoto Town. They cooked hot meals for the people and enjoyed doing some programs with them. Also the students offered foot-bath service for the elderly.

Activities by YMCA Ishinomaki Support Center
-Swimming sessions for the children in Ishinomaki
In this summer holidays, the YMCA Ishinomaki Support Center had another swimming sessions for the chlidren at Ishinomaki Municipal Ishinomaki Elementary School. This program started in the summer of 2011, just after the disaster, and this was the third time. 24 people including the second-year students at the Tokyo YMCA Social, Physical and Nursing College and the staff members visited the elementary school. The total number of 900 children enjoyed and learned swimming with the students and volunteers for 10 days.

-Coastal Area Support Project in the Oshika Peninsula, Ishinomaki City
The Oshika Peninsula, Ishinomaki City, the southern-most point of the Sanriku Coast, has been famous for the fishing industry. The population was decreasing before the earthquake and tsunami. After the area was devastated by the disaster, it has not been recovered fully yet. The YMCA Ishinomaki Support Center is connected to the people who run oyster farming, and often help them with their short-handed work.
From September 9 to 12, six students who live at Yamate Gakusha, a dormitory run by Tokyo YMCA, visited the coastal area and made equipments to catch young oysters floating in the sea. In the area, only a half of all the households restarted oyster farming after the disaster.

The students from Hiroshima YMCA College were going to visit the temporary houses (Miyako)
The Students from Wakayama YMCA College visited the temporary houses and the nursery home (Sendai)
The students performing some pieces of music for the elderly (Sendai)
The third swimming sessions for the children (Ishinomaki)
The students from Tokyo helping making equipments for oyster farming