The Fruit Tree Project – Kesennuma, Day 8

Loading up in Honjo!

May 14, 2011 – Heading back to Kesennuma!  A group of 5 of us left Honjo at about 5 a.m. today after picking up ~1,680 bananas from the lovely folks at Sasaki Seikatan!  We made great time and arrived in Kes at about 8:30 a.m.  We went straight to the Elementary school to drop off some bananas and say hello!  Along with the fruit, I passed along over 100 hundred messages that my 2nd grade JHS students had written for the kids in the shelter.  Minami and I organized them in a photo album book so they could flip through them easier.  We also brought some stickers and fun stuff for the group running FIGHTO shimbun.  It was nice to see everyone again, and they all seemed Genki as usual.  We continued the fruit deliveries to the other shelters, and everyone was happy/surprised to see us again!  It appears that people have already moved into the temporary housing units that were being built when we were there during Golden Week.  It’s great that people are moving out of the gymnasiums, but we are still not sure how the food situation is working for them.  This is something we plan to look into, to make sure they are still being provided for.  After our last delivery, we rushed off to the Kesennuma VC to prepare for a full day of volunteering.  Looking forward to all the folks heading down tomorrow from Akita!

– Paul

Sasaki Seikatan = the sweetest folks ever!

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