Project Ray of Hope reaches Higashimatsushima

We set off for Higashimatsushima from Sendai in the morning, but since our shows were not till after the children returned from school we took a short detour to the town just west of Higashimatsushima.

This town was hit hard by the tsunami and as we made our way to the town we drove through areas where the original road had completely washed away. The temporary gravel roads took us through a section of the coastal town that had been completely wiped out.

One of the evacuees who is in charge of supplies at this small evacuation center

It was here that we found a small evacuation center where we were able to deliver t-shirts, children’s clothing, bug repellant and some art supplies. A kind lady who was in charge of distributing supplies at this small center gave us a very specific list of what was needed, including the sizes of children’s clothes needed.

These 3 mothers were happy to receive Uniqlo clothing and art supplies for their daughters. One of the mothers told us that they had lost everything and were very thankful for the quality clothing.

Just down the road we found 3 families living in a small town hall. Though the kids were at school the mothers were happy to receive clothes for their daughters in exactly the sizes that they needed. They told us that they had lost everything in the tsunami and were thankful for the summer clothes, bug repellant and toys for their children.

A mother with her 2 young boys came by at just the right time. We were happy to load her car with diapers and some of the toys she requested for her boys.

While there a young mother with 2 boys, a five year old and a one year old happened to be walking by. We offered some of the diapers and toys we had which  she was very grateful for. After loading the items in her car we made balloons for her boys and also left balloons with the 3 mothers for when their children returned from school.

We were happy to find this small group of evacuees and be able to put directly into their hands some of the things that they need.

In the afternoon we went to Ooshio city resident center and Ono city resident center where we put on our show for the children and grown ups. We delivered the rest of the diapers, summer clothes, bug repellant and toys at these centers.

Yuki Yamashita passing out toys to parents and grandparents, who were grateful for toys and stationary for their children.

These boys had too much energy and wouldn't sit to watch our show, so we ended up making lots of balloons for them and running around with them.

Christophe, Sam & Yuki with some of the children at 小野市民センター

After our show, we let the children choose from toys, stationary sets that they wanted to have while we made them balloons.

We want to thank all those who participated in Project Ray of Hope which made our 4th trip to the Tohoku area possible. The donations, along with the quality toys, clothing and other needed supplies you helped to purchase and gather all contributed to the success of this trip.

Thank you so much!

東松島で:
朝のうちに仙台から東松島に向かいましたが、ショーは子供たちが学校から帰ってきてからだったので、途中で東松島のすぐ東にある町に寄ることにしました。
運転していると、町は津波から大きな被害を受け、もとの道路が完全に流されてしまっている場所もありました。仮設の道路を通って、海沿いの完全に壊滅された町のある一角に着きました。
そこには小さな避難所があり、Tシャツ、子供用の服、虫除けと文房具を届けることができました。そこで物資の配給を担当している親切な方は子供たちの洋服のサイズも含め、必要な物の詳しいリストを教えてくれました。
さらに先に進んだところには、家が流されてしまった三世帯の家族の方々が住んでいる小さな公民館がありました。子供たちは学校に行っていませんでしたが、お母さんたちに洋服を渡すことができました。娘さんにちょうど合うサイズだと、とても喜んでくれました。津波ですべてを失ってしまったので、夏服や虫除け、子供たちのおもちゃもとても喜んでもらえました。
また、五歳と一歳の男の子を連れてそこを通りかかった若いお母さんに、おむつとおもちゃを渡すことができました。男の子たちのためにバルーンを作り、学校にいる子供たちのためにもバルーンを作って三人のお母さんたちに渡すことができました。

午後は大塩市民センターと小野市民センターでショーをし、残りの物資を届けることができました。
今回、「希望の光」プロジェクトに参加して下さった方々、ご寄付や、おもちゃ、洋服などの物資をもって、東北への訪問を可能にしてくださった皆様に心から感謝しています。

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