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March 2010

HOPE @ Nanzan- Haiti Fundraising

On January 12, 2010 when disaster struck the poor island nation of Haiti in the form of a massive earthquake; millions of already impoverished people were thrown into a devastating crisis. It is in these moments when compassion and a desire to help affect us all.
 
The student members of Hope @ Nanzan Kokusai High School responded by immediately launching a fund raising drive in order to purchase disaster relief packs through Hope International Development Agency.
 
In five days our student club raised ¥211,411 for the relief effort in Haiti. The passion and zeal displayed by each member was inspiring to witness.
 
~ Mr. Iain Gallacher
Hope Club Staff Liaison
Nanzan Kokusai High School
hopeatnanzan@gmail.com
gallacher@nanzan-kokusai.ed.jp
 
Student Feedback:
 
In this emergency, we tried to raise as much money for the people who are suffering at this moment in Haiti. I was very happy to know even though one could do only a little, letting others know would make a big difference.
~ Moe Arimoto (Grade 11)
 
When I was collecting donations for Haiti, I thought I was collecting the compassion of all the people. No matter how small the amount I could feel their warmth.
~ Aki Suguira (Grade 11)
 
I felt the people's kindness towards our fund raising. People cared about what happened in Haiti just like if it happened to us. I was happy and glad to see that.
~ Mami Kamoshita (Grade 11)
 
We couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help. When I think that we are making a big difference in someone’s life, I feel proud to be a member of Hope @ Nanzan Kokusai High School.
~ Hitomi Ito (Grade 11)
 
Fund raising made me think about the people in need. I hope that our effort makes more people think and remember those in need.
~Izumi Hayashi (Grade 11)
 
Through the experience of fund raising for Haiti, I was able to learn that students can make a difference if we cooperate as a group. I was really surprised by how much money we were able to raise. I also learned the importance of raising awareness about the disaster to as many people as possible and to tell them it is not over but continuing.
~ Mayu Kobayashi (Grade 10)
 
The experience of raising money for Haiti meant a lot to me because it was the first time I did something like this. When I think that our more than 200000yen would help 100 people, it makes me very happy.
~ Yukiko Iwahara (Grade 11)
 

 
March 2010

The YIS-HOPE Cambodia Trip February 2010

Chinese New Year.
Not an easy time to get seats for a group of 25. However, Air Thai obliged and we landed in Phnom Penh late Friday night. The next morning we visited the notorious Tuol Sleng, code-name S-21, where we were shown the horrors of torture rooms. It was a sobering, upsetting experience, but one that we feel is an essential part of understanding why an education, laws and moral code is necessary. Brutality of this order would be unacceptable in any war, yet here citizens were killing their own kind. The age of most torturers was around 16.
 
The four hour drive to Pursat was breezy, un-airconditioned, but exciting. We settled into our hotel and prepared for the rigours of heaving rocks tomorrow. Ten intrepid souls disappeared in a dust cloud on the back of ‘motos’, Honda 125cc. taxis, while we trailed far behind in the bus. Theirs was a very, very dusty experience.
  • Day 1 was carting rocks,
  • Day 2 carting sand and tamping the rocks down,
  • Day 3 mixing and laying the concrete floor.
Hard work with a constant supply of bottled water, the only liquid safe to drink in this remote, dusty area. We worked alongside Cambodian tradesmen, teachers and students, smiling and sweating. Siesta in the midday heat, followed by visits to the Orphanage. There we were treated to a performance of traditional Cambodian dance - a complete surprise. We finished up by playing volleyball, soccer, games, singing & dancing. No one was keen to return to the hotel, but dinner was waiting for both the orphans and us. Within two hours we felt like we had known them for months.
 
Certainly the power of sport was brought home to us. With almost no common language we were able to communicate friendship and values. Evenings were spent trying to stay awake after the exertion and heat of the day, and having thought-provoking discussions about topics ranging from water wells and schooling to politics and infrastructure. The students contributed ideas and opinions in very articulate, considered ways. We were impressed.
 
That left two other afternoons. One was spent visiting a remote rural area by "bamboo train", a wooden platform driven by a Kawasaki outboard motor that can be dismantled and taken off the rails in less than two minutes. With only one track in Cambodia, this is necessary to let people pass! Here water was scarce. They had recently dug a well, but it would not fill until the rainy season in May. Then, if successful, HOPE will cement it as a permanent well for the family and neighbours. They can then grow sufficient to feed the family, and perhaps to sell any excess. At the moment their existence is very, very hard.
 
Next day we saw how much difference a well can make, with a farmer who had had one for 10 years, growing fruit, vegetable, keeping livestock, and employing people. Her quality of life was considerably higher, with healthy children and plenty to eat. Next month we will tell you about the more touristy visits we made, including the Floating Village of Kampong Leong and the Angkor temple complex. An amazing country full of smiles, optimism and socially sensitive chaos!
 
 
Finally, what we were able to achieve as a community would not have happened without you. Through your spending at bake sales, fund-raising events, regular staff contributions to the STS fund, PTSA & Admin donations, and the Cambodia Crew’s friends and relatives, a school has been transformed from the crowded 3-classroom school we built last year, with two classes running simultaneously in one room, blackboards at either end, to a simple 6-room school where each grade have their own space and many more children can be accommodated at each grade. All your donations went towards this and several wells in the area. Thank you students, staff, parents and The Crew & their relatives. You really have made a visible difference to the lives of a whole community and given opportunities to youngsters who have little else but HOPE.
 
Chris Rayne & The Cambodia Crew