① The result of investigations carried out in Sanya
has shown that many older people live without any friends. What changes
do you think Sanyūkai could bring to Sanya? (formerly, the district
of day laborers became the district of assisted people and elderly).
20 years ago, there were many day laborers or homeless but these people have aged, became ill and could no longer work. A lot of these people are now receiving welfare and living in doya. Because most of these people have no contact with their family, many have no relative. Therefore, care has become necessary, but how to support these people became a problem.
② What do you think is really necessary for people living in doya in Sanya?
The people who came to Sanya suffer most from loneliness because they have lost contact with their family. As many were excluded from work and society, they have lost their confidence in themselves. Many suffer in trying to hide their loneliness. So I think people in Sanya need to be important for someone, to be recognized and to have serious relationships.
③ In the future, what kind of assistance do you think Sanyūkai is going to provide? (What is your goal?)
Sanyūkai receives help from people who come to Sanyūkai and I have the feeling that we will continue to work together. I think doing things together is a necessity; it gives them the feeling of being accepted. From now on, we will focus more on activities for individuals who have no relative. So they can have a place where they can build relationships based on trust, we plan to expand the space to receive them. Because Sanyūkai works through donations, the cooperation of many people is necessary to conduct such activities. As we work together, I hope that will be able to find a purpose in their lives, to feel better about themselves and feel optimistic about future.
Also this year, the charitable campaign of the women's
section of the American Club took place in the parking lot of the
This time as well, thanks to the people in charge of the event (Sekiguchi Mrs., Ms. Oshima, Ms. Oyama, Mrs. and Mrs. Teresa Toda) who played a central role, many heartwarming have been brought by car to the parking lot by women from the club for Sanya’s men. After the economic downturn triggered by the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008 and the March 11 Tohoku earthquake, the number of members in the women's section of the club has become insufficient and events decreased. But despite the current situation, they promised that the charitable campaign for Sanyukai which takes place every year will continue. All staff, including Jean, Sanyukai’s representative, is filled with gratitude for this.
If we compare the current situation with the way things were, we see that gradually changes took place. The job of people who lived so far as day laborer has disappeared. These people now live in doya thanks to the money they receive from the state because they are not able to work anymore. Sanya is now called the "city of welfare." The violent image of Sanya is disappearing.
However, due to the economic recession, young people and women in particular have become homeless and appeared in Sanya. No matter when it is, disparities do not disappear. But thanks to the charitable campaign, donations may be given to many poor or struggling people.
I think that from now on, wishing at the same time for the development of the women's section of the American Club, Sanyukai and Sanya's men will be able to live together and share a lot of joy.
Some men who are always smiling, who amuse everyone
by telling funny stories or kindly help us, can also suddenly disappear
or become angry and have a menacing look. Others are not able to communicate.
At such times, I think about their past life, the life they had before
arriving at Sany?kai.
They have profound mental trauma that they cannot control by themselves. I think that everyone has some, but I was surprised to see how their traumas are much more serious than what I could imagine. I think that, almost certainly, anyone would become like that after being betrayed, despised and rejected by his family or close friends.
It is a great joy for volunteers when those men who were gone, come back, decide to seriously do something or gradually open their heart. As volunteers, we swing from joy to sorrow, but we are confident that days like in the past will occur again and we are waiting. With each day, we do not know what will happen. Everyone has his own lifestyle. Relation to each other changes day by day and everyone gradually becomes irreplaceable. That’s why every day is precious!