Fukushima HOPE Project was established to protect the mental and physical health,to care for the spirit, and to provide hope for the future of the children and families of Fukushima Prefecture, who are at risk of health damage from radioactive contamination resulting from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
August 1 - 3, 2017
Niigata Summer Camp
From August 1st to the 3rd, nearly 30 participants and volunteers were able to retreat into the mountains of Niigata for a 3-day summer camp. Participants enjoyed a variety of games and riverside activities. We had perfect weather conditions and were amazed at how well the children bonded with each other.
In June 2017 we began hosting small gatherings for mothers to enjoy a bit of self-care by engaging in some art making while socializing over a cup of tea. We called these gatherings "Hope Cafes". Throughout the months of June and July participants at the Hope Cafes engaged in collage making along the themes of "joy" and "gratitude". The Cafes were held at four different churches in Fukushima prefecture: 1) Fukushima Bible Church 2) Fukushima Izumi Lutheran Church 3) Sukagawa Grace Church and 4) Koriyama Kirisuto Fukuin Church. We anticipate continuing the Hope Cafe with varying art projects and themes.
The 21st camp, Miyagi Zoo Camp, was held on March 29-31. We visited Yagiyama Zoo, made kites and flew them, had a group game time, and enjoyed shopping at a nearby service area on the way back.