Thank you for always helping and praying for us with a generous heart.
Here is bulletin No.14 of “Walking Together”. The content summary is as follows.
The class at the “Maria Ines Vocational Center” is shown in the photo on page 1. You can see how seriously the students are listening to the principal, Sr. Maria Luz. The photo below is at the Tamagawa/Shirayuri Kindergarten, where students are playing. Relief supplies were sent to the school and those that were not needed at the school were sold and the earnings there were used to purchase additional supplies such as playground equipment.
Page 2 is a report from Sr. Yoshida Fumiko. The ebola disease has ended, but in the town of Lunsar, the close of the mines had a great affect and the market has shrunk. While prices have increased, economic conditions have been tough, and therefore the town seems like it is not safe. On the contrary, from kindergarten to high school at the OLG school, including the Maria Ines Vocational Center, seem to be lively. Middle school and high school students are in preparation for their upcoming tests.
From the last part of page 2 and onto page 3, is a letter from Sr. Shirahata Kazuko. She first talks about visiting the grave of Sr. Negishi Michiko who passed away 3 years ago. She continues by talking about Martha G. Hernadez Martin del campo , Misionera Clarisa Superiora general’s visit to Japan. Sr. Shirahata says that during their visit, she mainly talked about the activities of Walking Together and the Misionera seemed very pleased. She finished off by expressing her sympathy for the natural disaster that has continued and sends her prayers for celebrating the upcoming Christmas holiday.
From the latter half of page 3, is a report from Fukuoka Kazumi, a nurse who volunteered for 2 months at the Mile 91 Clinic in Sierra Leone. She expressed her surprise at how doctors and nurses were giving their best to respond to clients in a medical environment where much is lacking, and also how energetic the Italian and Spanish volunteers were. She also talks about how the lunch distributed daily at the OLG School has been of great support while there are still many children who suffer developmental delay due to the lack of food supplies, and also how reliable and supportive the Sisters have been during the civil war and Ebola outbreak.
Comments from students at the Yamato Gakuen St. Cecilia Elementary/Middle/High School, where Sr. Shirahata gave a speech, starts from the second half of page 4 and goes onto page 5. They all reflected on their daily lives with what Sr. Shirahata talked about.
The second half of page 5 is an activity report about a volunteer group called the Polvoron Committee at the Catholic Azabu Church, which sent a mass amount of umbrellas and rain coats to Sierra Leone. The photo shows the umbrellas being inspected and disinfected.
Letters from supporters follow on page 6, and as usual, we feel the Walking Together bond getting stronger every time we read these messages.
The second half of page 6 is a report from a kindergarten. It is a story about a child who found a 10 yen coin and talked about what to do with the money with his classmates, and eventually decided to donate to the poor children in Sierra Leone. Our staff visits this kindergarten every year.
Page 7 is a bulletin from the headquarters including a report from the general meeting, support money sent, and shipment of support supplies, etc.
A photo from Fukuoka-san (volunteer) is on page 8. The top photo shows the happy faces after the vow of 2 Sierra Leone Sisters. The middle photo shows the village people welcoming the food project (free milk distribution) van, the bottom photo shows smiles of the very friendly children in the neighborhood.
Representative of Walking Together
(Translator Ayako Nokuo)
＊”Polvoron” is a name of a Spanish snack