Saturday, 10 March 2012
REMEMBERING THE CHILDREN OF FUKUSHIMA
Today, we remembered the children of Fukushima who suffered due to the Tsunami and the leakage at the Nuclear Power Plant exactly a year ago, by telling their story to a group of children at the Auxilim High School, Benaulim. This is the local school, in the village where our office is located.The children were from class 6 and 7.
This is our way of paying a tribute to all the people in Japan, who are still struggling to get back to their normal lives after March 11, 2011.
It was a wonderful workshop, as it was conducted by all our young enthusiastic volunteers. Laura Drese, spearheaded the workshop, by introducing them to the workshop, telling them the story of Japan, and showed them some slides of the devastation caused by the tsunami.
She also presented the causes of such natural disasters, and explained to the children why we need to be more conscious of preserving our environment as a whole if we want to save ourselves from more natural disasters.
Lotta and Katie as well, took turns to tell them about the story of Sadako Sasaki and the 1000 cranes, and then the children painted.
They were really confused in the beginning as to what message to send to the children there, but, then slowly the brushes started working. There were some who just started painting with their fingers.
It was a good day, as we had a number of the kids come to us and thank us, as they thought it was a nice way for them to connect to the children in Japan, and were happy that we chose their school.
On a personal note, I would like us all to spend a minute tomorrow remembering all who suffered due to the devastation last year, and pray and hope, we don’t see any more!