寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

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“I am Looking Forward to Going to the Club After School!” The Newly Established Nakazato After-school Children’s Club in Ishinomaki City (September 24, 2013)

In Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, Save the Children Japan (SCJ) has been working on childcare environment improvement activities for the after-school children’s clubs devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake. One of these activities, with support from the Italian high-jeweler BVLGARI
(in Japanese), was the construction of a new clubroom at the Nakazato After-school Children’s Club. On September 11, 2013, a ceremony was conducted to hand the clubroom over to the city.

 

Nakazato school

A commemorative photo on the veranda of the new clubroom. The new building has many windows allowing natural light to make the room bright and
relaxing.

 

The BVLGARI Group has been supporting Save the Children globally since 2009. Since November 2011, the group has assisted the instructor training programs at the after-school children’s clubs in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima Prefectures that were affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Thanks to their support, so far a total of 383 instructors and 2,185 children have received practical instruction including disaster preparedness training (in Japanese).

 

* Learn about the global support provided by the BVLGARI Group (in Japanese)

 

The Great East Japan Earthquake affected 12 of Ishinomaki City’s 28 after-school children’s clubs. Two were rendered completely unusable. Even today, children are sharing other children’s clubs. Nakazato After-school Children’s Club was one of the affected clubs, having been completely flooded by the tsunami. At the resumption of Nakazato Elementary School, a temporary children’s club was opened in a free classroom on the school’s first floor. The classroom was not, however, an ideal place for children to stay after school. It was not large enough for the 61 children of the club, and facing north prevented it from receiving sunlight and cooling winds. Furthermore, temporary housing built in the Mizuoshi Stadium and surrounding parks close to Nakazato Elementary School increased the number of children who wished to join the club. Then from April 2013, fourth grade students were allowed to join the club, which further swelled the number of children who wanted to use the club.

 

To resolve this situation, and in response to requests from Ishinomaki City, SCJ started construction of a new building for the children’s club in May 2013 with support from the BVLGARI Group. The building has now been successfully completed and we have handed the new children’s club over to Ishinomaki City.

 

We received some happy comments from children about the new children’s club: “It is much brighter and more beautiful than the previous room,” “It is so pleasant because the room is made of wood,” and “I am so glad to have this new large room. I am looking forward to going to the club after school!”

Nakazato ceremony

BVLGARI Japan Ltd. Retail Director, Mr. Hiroshi Inami (center), and SCJ Managing Director & CEO, Mr. Kunio Senga (right), present a symbolic clubroom key to child representatives of Nakazato After-school Children’s Club and Ishinomaki Mayor, Mr. Hiroshi Kameyama (left).

Children's singing at Nakazato

Children sing songs at the opening ceremony. Many parents also participated.

Nakazato opening

Children and instructors hand made a flower bouquet from fabric during the summer vacation as a thank you present.

We hope that children will have a fruitful time after school together with their instructors, and feel the warmth and light of this new wooden children’s club.