Twenty school children from Fukushima visit Okinawa to enjoy a summer camp

Twenty school children from Fukushima visit Okinawa to enjoy a summer camp

A group of smiling Fukushima school children arrived at Naha Airport at 8:30 pm on July 25.

July 26, 2011 Ryukyu Shimpo

The volunteer group Tsunagu Hikari invited school children from Fukushima Prefecture to Okinawa as a part of a support project for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Twenty elementary and junior high school students arrived at Naha Airport on the evening of July 25. They are scheduled to stay for one month until August 22 at Yuimarunomori House, which is located in Onna Village. During their stay, they will participate in a summer camp at Nakijin Village and enjoy eisa dancing.

Tsunagu Hikari has organized this project for children in the affected areas of Fukushima Prefecture who are unable to play outside because of radiation. The children will rest both their minds and bodies while in Okinawa. Kakuji Nakagawa, executive director of Tusnagu Hikari, said, “We hope that the exchange between the children of Fukushima and Okinawa will continue in future, and of course that they enjoy their one-month stay here in Okinawa.”

Suzu sato, a 10 year-old who participated with her 12 year-old brother Hyuga from Koriyama City, said, “I want to enjoy myself at the aquarium and on the beaches. I miss my mom a little bit when I see her picture.”

Tsunagu Hikari is looking for volunteers during the period of the project. Contact their Urasoe office phone: 098 (943) 3693.

(English Translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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