Neighbors ネイバーズ

to support disabled and senior people in Asian countries

To be a neighbor 隣人であること

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I visited a 89-year-old mother of my friend’s together with my friend and his two personal assistants. My friend, M is on a wheelchair and he can only move his one finger but has been living independently for 32 years . I wrote a book about him and there is a good documentary film on him, too. That was more than 10 years ago. Around that time, I often visited his parents – his father was a barber and skillful to make things out of reused goods. Actually the house itself is built mostly by him. But he died and the mother was left. She had sore knees and hardly moved around, but tried to make us comfortable. We found, though, that it would be better for her to see the doctor for her knees and try to persuade her to join a day-care-program. The self built house is dark all day and we saw a leaky ceiling from snow here and there. My frined M is much worried about her.  I hope we should try to make this mother’s life a bit comfortable, then we ccan call this group ‘Neighbors’.  (photo taken but I cannot put in here bbecause of her privacy)

昨日、友人の89歳になるお母さんを訪問しました。この友人は車いすで、自由に動くのは指1本ですが、32年間自立生活をしています。10年以上前に彼のドキュメンタリー映画の製作や私が本を書いたために、家族とも親しくなり、ご両親の所にも出入りさせていただきました。お父さんは器用な人で、今の家も再利用の古材を使って建てましたが、数年前に亡くなって、お母さんが一人残りました。ひざの調子が悪く、あまり動けないのですが、私たちをもてなそうとしてくれました。が、冬の間の雪で天井は水漏れのしみもあり、暗い中で一人で住まわれるのは困難だろうと思います。友人も大変心配しているので、まずはひざを治し、デイケアに通えるようにお手伝いできればと思います。私たちのプロジェクトは海外のものも多いですが、近くの友人たちのサポートもしていくことで「ネイバーズ」(隣人)という名前が名乗れると思います。(写真は割愛します)

Written by asianneighbors

April 30, 2014 at 2:35 am

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