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Bali survey バリの調査

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Mr. Noboru Mimasu (maintenance of wheelchairs), Taizo Yoshida (maintenance and record keeping) and I visited Bali for 10 days in February sponsored by Hokkaido JICA. Most of the time we stayed at Senang Hati Foundation, which was founded by Bali disabled persons in 2001. This visit was the 4th for me. The place is always relaxing and people are very friendly. This time, though, we had to make a thorough survey to discover if we could cooperate with them in economically feasible projects through JICA for the maintenance and fitting of wheelchairs. There are still things to clarify for both sides, but we believe we will try to learn from each other and go forward. I was very impressed by their meetings which were run in a democratic way – everybody speaks!

We met a girl who has muscular dystrophy, spending all her time at home. She can speak English and writes poems. In Sapporo I have a friend with the same disease who is very active in organizing the foundation and travels all over. I hope to support her by giving her a proper wheelchair to move around and enjoy life a little more. She is still  only 16.

We will go to the next step for establishing more sustainable assistance, which I believe possible in the long run.

JICA北海道から調査費をいただいて、バリに10日間行きました。今後、車いすメンテナンスやフィッティング、生活向上の支援を長くおつきあいのある「セナン・ハティ」でやれるかどうかを話し合う旅でした。車いすの三舛さんも整備技術の伝達のために参加してくれました。いつ行っても気持ちよい場所ですが、今回の調査では彼らの会議のやり方がとても民主的で「最後まで発言を待つ」=誰もが話す、という事を知りました。学びたいことです。

筋ジストロフィーでほとんど自分の部屋だけで過ごす、16歳のワヤンちゃんにも会いました。彼女は英語もよく話し、詩も書く聡明な少女ですが、背中が湾曲しています。札幌には同じ病の友人がいますが、元気にアクティブに活動しています。ワヤンちゃんが少しでも生活を楽しめるような手伝いができたら・・と思っています。

今後、どのような形でプロジェクトを続けていくかは、双方に課題があります。一つ、ひとつクリアーして行きたいと思います。

very eager to learn

very eager to learn

She can sit for 2 hours daily and eats on this table alone.

She can sit for 2 hours daily and eats on this table alone.

Written by asianneighbors

March 17, 2013 at 12:53 am

Posted in Study Tours

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