寄付・募金・ボランティアのセーブ・ザ・チルドレン・ジャパン

Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami Emergency response and recovery program

Children’s Community Building Club Vol. 64, Yamada Town, Iwate Prefecture (2015.2.11)

On February 1, 2015, a presentation on the Yamada Children’s Community Center (tentative name) project was held to share the final concept of its design. It was designed and developed by the members of the Children’s Community Building Club in Yamada Town, “Keppare Yamada Toekomst,” also known as KYT. Please find out how the KYT members created the design of this facility, which will provide children of all ages with a place to meet and a library space.

 

■The presentation attracted 70 participants (both children and adults)■

A total of 70 participants (including KYT members) from a variety of backgrounds attended the presentation. Among the attendees were government officials, town council members, library staff, parents and parties interested in community building. The crowd was large and the speakers were nervous before the presentation. However, they successfully explained the design and developmental process of the new center that they have been working on for over two and a half months since September 2014, while conveying their passion towards the recovery.

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■KYT members presented the final concept of the center, utilizing a miniature model and drawings■

Yamada Children’s Community Center (tentative name) will function as a hangout place for children of all ages as well as a library. Based on ideas from community members, it was designed and developed by the KYT members. The center is characterized as a relaxing place for everybody, with a study area and a spacious courtyard, which enables a guard to monitor the space.

“This tatami area can be used by seniors to enjoy shogi (Japanese chess) or relax while drinking tea.” “The library area is very spacious with plenty of light coming in, as it has a glass wall which faces the courtyard.” “The children’s area has a small children’s area works like a large closet. You can enjoy reading or just laying down inside.” Utilizing a miniature model, KYT members explained one-by-one the features of the raised tatami-floored seating area, exhibit space, courtyard, library area, multi-purpose room, children’s area, baby space, eating area and terrace.

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■Everybody brainstormed on ways to use the center■

The last half of the presentation was dedicated to opinion sharing among the participants. “Having an exhibit space in the tatami-floored seating area is such a good idea!” “I like the idea of the shrine since it makes me feel as if I were Doraemon (a famous Japanese anime character who sleeps in a closet space)!” “I saw a lot of unique ideas that are real fun!” “I have been doing volunteer work as a book reader for children, and it excites me to think about where to hold the book reading sessions in the center.” “Since the station is close by, it would be great if high school students can stop by on their way back from school to study.” “There should be yoga sessions in the courtyard and stretching (Japanese Radio Taisou) in the courtyard every morning!” Participants left positive comments and great ideas to be considered.

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-Voices of the KYT members-

 “Community members gave us a lot of new perspectives that we had not seen.” (5th Grader, Female)

“I would like more people to know our opinions as they may help our ideas to be realized.” (7th Grader, Female)

“I would like to hear the actual voices of those who will use the center. Also, I want to have more conversations with community members about the center and our activities.” (High School Senior, Female)

 

-Voices of the Participants-

“They came up with such a great facility! Each room has its purpose, and I can see it carries their passion. I found it heart warming. This center literally serves to deliver a message to all generations. What children can do is impressive! (Government Official)

“This presentation reminded me how much passion the children have for the center. We have never had any facility like this in Yamada’s history. I am excited since I see how it can help the children. This is such a great communication center, filled with great ideas! (Library Staff)

“I see how well this facility is thought out. What makes it unique is that it’s based on the children’s ideas, not adults’. I think it’s the children’s limitless imagination that helps Yamada keep going. (Store worker)

“Please participate in the development of this facility to keep it enjoyable for everybody after it opens.” (Party concerned with community building)

⑧集合写真

The KYT members hope that the Yamada Children’s Community Center (tentative name) will become a place for people of all ages to have a good time, to put a smile on their face, and to communicate with each other as a symbol of recovery. KYT will continue working hard towards the opening of the center, scheduled in the spring of 2016. Please continue to give us your support!