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December 2019

This is Komo’s English@Sanriku December, 2019 activity report.

  • Participants : 23
  • Volunteer coaches : 7 (not including Day Care Center/W & W participants)

Our programs which commenced in November, 2011, have been managed based on the ‘Hanasou Foundation General Incorporated Association’ framework since March 2012. We completed the foundation’s liquidation process at the end of November 2019 and we are currently finishing up the book keeping and other details. Regardless of the type of our base organization’s registration our activities are being carried out as usual. It is still notable that it is our first month as a voluntary group running Komo’s English@Sanriku.

This month participation was concentrated on Friday night, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon. Participation changes depending on the month and year. Every time a change occurs, we see it as a sign of a shift in local people’s lives.

Our spin-off programs are getting more traction. The Day-Care-Center visit, which started in December last year, just had its 1 year anniversary. For this month the event coincided with their Christmas party and end-of-the-year celebration. For the entire first year, we practiced the first chorus of “Furusato (Hometown)” in English. For the second year, we will be practicing the second chorus of the same song. After the singing practice we enjoyed cake and tea and a very vibrant 99-year old local gentleman giving a speech in the local dialect. We also enjoyed the stage shows by the facility staff and local songs and dance. Our volunteer coaches danced with them too!

The Wine & Whisky English Club@Rikuzentakata (a.k.a. W&W) was held on Saturday evening. We practice English words and phrases associated with drinking wine or whisky while we actually sample the drinks. We enjoyed a few different California wines and one Bordeaux for contrast, all were very tasty.

One other program we’ve been running is ‘on-line coaching’ which is being offered to the participants of Komo’s English@Rikuzentakata. This program has been running since last fall last year and it is popular among our local high-achieving students.

With our monthly one-on-one English lessons in Rikuzentakata being the focal program, we created 3 spin-off programs in a one-year period. Each program started to gain traction. Next spring marks the 9th year since the disaster. We are aware that the local lives and environment are constantly changing and we will make sure that our activities are always aligned with the local’s needs and wishes.

Please look forward to more fun activities in the 2020.

Stay tuned!!

(Komo&Hiroko)

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