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What I should do right now..

The first thing I started was providing of necessary materials to disaster-struck areas. I have been sending them once a week since last April just after the earthquake via my acquaintance in a humanitarian assistance group for reconstruction. I have been involved in this activity for one year.

I went to one of the most affected areas, Rikuzentakata, in September when it had been half a year since the earthquake. Taking part in the volunteer for aid sorting and delivery, I found various realities of victims. I was depressed with the situation, when I looked around the areas in my spare time.

In October, I again went to Rikuzentakata to engage in the volunteer to help sorting and distributing the supplies. In my spare time, I looked around the ruined area again, and I continued to ask to myself what I could do for the victims. Finally, the keyword “Eigo” (which means ‘English’ in Japanese) came to my mind.

I don’t think that rehabilitation toward a pre-earthquake condition directly means reconstruction for economy and their minds (though rehabilitation itself faces big challenge). Reconstruction inevitably requires strong ties with not only other areas in Japan but also foreign countries.

Hence, local people with English speaking skills in the devastated areas are needed in order to gain supports from overseas through strong ties with the people there. I began to think that I can contribute to the development of English-speaking talents in this area.

In that context, I opened English class named “Komo’s English Reading-aloud Club” last November. Many supporters from the assistance group, such as local people and my friends, encouraged me to start it.

I have been continuing the free English class once a month since then. Couple of my friends took part in the class as volunteer tutors. Various students, from a primary school student to the elderly in 70’s, are enthusiastic about learning English which though cannot be mastered in a day.

Being triggered by learning English, some students come to have new hope for the future with a pleasure for English progress and others can ease their nerves through communication with tutors. It begins to create hope and a strong bond between us.

I think that “Komo’s English Reading-aloud Club” can bring some good effects at the affected area. I firmly made up my mind to engage in this activity for a time span of a decade from now on. I feel a responsibility for coping with the difficulties brought by the earthquake.

So, I decided to establish a general incorporated association in order to make the activity long-lasting, objective and sustainable, separating from my private interest. It is of course a Not-for-profit organization.

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