This guest post is from JET PA Anna Henderson.
On Sunday, December 19th, 16 enthusiastic and Christmassy JETs went along to Inamien Orphanage Christmas Party in Kaga.
Ishikawa JETs and their friends (collectively known as Ishikawa Volunteers) have been making visits to Inamien since March. Inamien houses children from nursery to the end of high school. On our visits there we’ve been hanging out and playing games with the 20 elementary school children who live at Inamien permanently.
For the Christmas Party, the kids at Inamien get to invite their best friends from school and their favourite teachers to come along to watch Christmas performances, play games and eat lunch. This year they invited us, too!
It was a very enjoyable day, with performances of Ponyo and the entire dance from ‘Thriller’, as well as a professional magic show. Ishikawa Volunteers got up on stage to sing ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘We Wish You A Merry Christmas’, which was very well received in spite of our lack of practice.
Thanks to the Ishikawa AJET Charity Booksale at the International Festival and Midyear we were able to buy stockings for all of the elementary school children at Inamien, and fill these with small presents and goodies. Thanks also to all the people who donated presents to the children.
After the performances we tried our hands at some Christmas games, set up and run by the older kids at Inamien. This was followed by curry lunch and the candlelit service.
Three volunteers will also be heading to Shio Orphanage Christmas Party on December 23rd. They will also be giving the children small presents that we were able to buy through money raised by Ishikawa AJET.
The next visit to Inamien will take place on a Saturday in February. As always we’re looking for more volunteers to come along and hang out with incredibly sweet and fun kids. Non-JETs and local Japanese people are also very welcome to join. Email volunteerishikawa [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re interested.
Merry Christmas everyone!