We have published Press Release for the workshop project in Cambodia.
Basecamp, an organization working in Beirut, Lebanon, received masks we sent.
In August 2020, over 200 precious lives were lost, over 6000 people got injured, and nearly 300000 people lost their home by the huge explosion in Beirut.
Basecamp is an organization that provides support to the victims of the explosion.
This is the footage of the explosion, from BBC.com
We received a message from Cahaya, Bali, Indonesia, telling that they received handmade masks we sent. They are conducting a wheelchair maintenance course as JICA’s grassroots technical support program. International cooperation.
We are sending masks, made by goodwill citizens, to developing countries. There were more than 7000 donated masks.
We sent them to some countries and a few organizations have received the masks but are unable to distribute to the individuals, because of COVID-19.
We will post new information on our website and SNS as soon as we know the distribution.
Go! Fly! Wheelchairs was selected as the recipient of the 7th award of the “SAKAI Peace Contribution Award” by Sakai City, followed by a ceremony which was held at Sakai City Hall, Osaka, on September 3. Director Michiyo Yoshida and board member Rena Terui attended the ceremony and received a plaque and prize money of 500,000 yen from Mayor Hideki Nagato.
This award was established in 2008 to emphasize the importance of international peace and respect for human rights both at home and abroad and to deepen citizens’ awareness and understanding of international cooperation and contributions. The award is given to an organization once every two years. This year, our organization and The Support of Vietnam Children Association (Kyoto, Japan) were selected from among 25 organizations recommended by Japanese intellectuals and academic institutions.
When handing over the award, they mentioned many awards our organization has previously received since its establishment in 1998. Additionally, they commended highly our “steadfast efforts for more than 20 years to support the independence of people with disabilities and its distinctive activities that have deepened the interest of the citizens of Sakai in international cooperation”.
Message from Director Michiyo Yoshida: “I lived in Osaka until the third grade of elementary school. I was very happy to receive the award in my hometown that is noted for having the Mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku, a World Heritage, and, in the Middle Ages, for being a hub for overseas trade and making guns. However, on this occasion, what struck me most was the local dialect. I was so moved at the award ceremony that I couldn’t stop speaking in the Kansai dialect !”
In developing counties, there are lack of masks. Especially the socially vulnerable, for example person with disabilities has high risk to infect COVID-19. Donating handmade masks is a seed to international cooperation.
If you want to know the details, please check this poster.