In continuing partnership with the YMCA, CWS is still working with families in Mabi who were affected by devastating floods in western Japan last summer. Recently, another camp outing was held for about 50 children from a number of struggling families. The camp was a time of respite from the continuing uncertainty of the recovery process, which drags on with displacement from familiar school and workplace routines. Many mothers still see their children feeling isolated in unfamiliar settings; yet, they themselves cannot find time to be with the children or support them to be more sociable because they are still so busy trying to recover their families’ lives now that their houses are, quite literally, gone – swept away by the storms. So, of course, it is the mothers who are especially grateful for CWS, YMCA and others’ support when, on returning from their camping excursion, the see and hear the children being “talkative and cheerful” as one mother put it – and as children should have the chance to be. CWS remains grateful for continuing generous support from Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), United Church of Canada (UCC), Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA), and other donors who have made this response possible.
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