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HMSC Meeting on ‘Volunteer’

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On 30th September the meeting talking about ‘volunteer’ was held with the cooperation of Sapporo International Communication Plaza. Some 20+ members attended and listened to SICP’s  registration system of volunteers of foreign nationals.

Followed by showing slides on ‘Go!Fly!Wheelchairs’ which deliver wheelchairs through the hands of travelers to developing countries by Michiyo Yoshida and Cindy Edwards.

Father Manfred from Rumoi joined and shared his experiences with House Friendship in Sapporo opened up to students from any country of any religion. He kept telling us the spirits of friendship; Because you are here, I’m here.

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October 2, 2017 at 12:15 am

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Volunteer Opportunites for Foreign Nationals 外国籍シニアのボランティア

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September 30th, Saturday 13:30 – 16:30 at MN Building 10F (Kita 1 Nishi3, Chuoku)

There will be several speakers both Japanese and foreign nationals sharing their volunteer organizations and opportunities for expats to participate as a volunteer. This is a joint presentation with the Sapporo International Communication Plaza which has begun a project to act as a liaison with the international community to encourage foreign nationals to volunteer, especially senior citizens. They will explain their project. Other members of the Multinational Senior Community will also share their volunteer experiences.

Please contact: ken.hartman@hokkaidomsc.org to join the special mailing list being set up for those foreign nationals who are interested in volunteer opportunities.

 

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September 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

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Wheelchair Cafe held in Cebu 車いすカフェ

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It has been more than three months since we did this ‘wheelchair cafe’ in Cebu. I have waited to finish the whole project, but feel that at least I have to write a bit about our activities. This was funded by ‘Imai Memorial Foundation’ and it was meant to follow what we did with JICA early this year.

We had nearly 40 participants during our operation of ‘Wheelchair cafe’ and we could fix or maintained some 15-20 wheelchairs there. Some participants came from the neighbors city of Talisay to help us, because they were trained in January. Overall this tproject was successful and we want to continue supporting the people with disabilities in the Philippines.

フィリピンのセブ島で、今井記念財団からの助成金で行った「車いすカフェ」から3か月余です。全体が終了してから報告をと考えていましたが、日にちが経ってひまいますので、いったんの報告をさせていただきます。1月にJICA基金で行った整備講座に続けての事業です。40人以上の参加があり、15-20台の車いすを修理・整備することができました。1月に整備講座を受けた隣のタリサイ市からも応援に来てもらいました。全体的には成功だったと思います。今後もフィリピンの障がい者支援は続けていきたいと思います。

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November 2, 2015 at 1:48 am

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Festival in JICA JICA ふれあいフェスタ

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 We joined a festival at JICA Sapporo on August 30th. There were people from many different countries and everyone seemed to enjoy the last summer day.

 8月30日、JICA札幌のお祭りに参加しました。アフリカの国の中には初めて聞いた国もありました。夏の最後の思い出かなあ・・。

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September 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm

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MSC Core meeting and June meeting announcement 6月例会案内

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This is after the core members’ meeting of MSC. We7re gong to have a meeting as follows: June 27th, Saturday 10-12 at Sapporo Kokusai Plaza. The theme is ideas on hospital, including some expereicences shared. Please let us know if you are interested in joining. DSCN6311

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June 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

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April 23, 2015 at 1:24 pm

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Helping friends in Need 在札外国人高齢者と観光客へのサポート

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札幌在住の外国人高齢者と観光客をサポートする事業の立ち上げについて

Announcement of new project to support non-Japanese senior residents in Sapporo and visitors from abroad

We’re going to have a kick-off meeting for the projects above. We invite you to join us for brain storming and some discussion.

Date: December 26th, Friday 18-20:00

Place: Sapporo L-plaza 2F Meeting room

All the discussion will be in English.

Contact: 080-1899-5055 (Michiyo Yoshida)

札幌に在住する外国人は2万人といわれているが、そのうち、英語圏の主に英語を教えに札幌に来て、40年近く住み続けている外国人の高齢化が始まっている。

There are an estimated 20,000 non-Japanese living in Sapporo.  Some native speaker English teachers, now senior citizens, have lived here as long as 40 or more years, having dedicated themselves to English language education for the people of Sapporo.  Some wish to remain in Sapporo for the rest of their lives.  However, they often find it rather difficult to understand and/or don’t have adequate information about the welfare services for senior citizens provided by private enterprises and/or national and local governments such as long-term care insurance or kaigo hoken.  It is our intention to form a group that communicates in English to support these friends.

長い間、札幌市民の英語力向上のために尽くしてくれた方たちで、札幌を故郷として今後も住み続けたいという希望もある。しかし介護保険をはじめとして、シニア向けのサービス情報は英語圏の人たちには理解が難しい。そのような状況の中、まずは英語を話す私たちが協力して、友人を助けるような支援をするグループが作れればと考えている。

Moreover, tourists from countries such as China, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand have been increasing in Sapporo.  Last year we were able to support such a visitor who got sick late at night when the hospital staff could not communicate with the person in English.  For starters, there is a possibility of supporting such cases via phone or Skype.  We would like these visitors to be able to stay in Sapporo comfortably and well with the support of Sapporo residents whose communication skills can be of service to them.

We hope that those reading this announcement will understand our intentions and join the discussions to get the project started.  Basically, discussions would be in English.  If interested, please contact us at michiyoy@khaki.plala.or.jp.  Let’s establish a clear plan and strive to provide needed services for our international friends.

札幌には中国、韓国、台湾、タイなどからの観光客の増加がみられるが、私が昨年体験した夜間の急病に対しては、英語の対応すら全くできていなかった。まずは電話やスカイプでのサポートなど気軽にできることも含め、観光都市、札幌の住民としての自分たちの能力を活かして、観光客が気持ちよく滞在してもらうようにしたい。

以上2点について、話し合いの場をまず持ち(基本は英語で討議します)前向きに考えていけたらと思います。ご賛同いただけたら幸い

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December 8, 2014 at 12:58 am

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