Help Me Offer Free Japanese Lessons For the Ukrainian Evacuees/Refugees

Fundraising campaign by Issei Takehara
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(日本語は下記に続きます)[Japanese version is below]

Japan is infamous for not accepting refugees, but with all the eyes on Ukraine in the world, Japan has been welcoming the refugees/evacuees from Ukraine. Although the Japanese government does provide them with accommodations (with 3 meals a day with an individual room to stay for a short term) and small amount of daily allowance ($1/day), many Ukrainians who came to (or, rather, "ended up" coming to Japan without knowing the situation are so many that many of them may have survived the war but are now suffering with bare minimum living style and not being able to find a job because they do not speak Japanese nor can they understand it.

My name is Issei Takehara, and I am a certified Japanese teacher, teaching online. I came across a small organization that helps Ukrainians get to Japan by preparing for the necessary documents, yet once they get to Japan, they need to learn Japanese within a month or so (as fast as possible) in order for them to earn a living. This is why I volunteered for offering free Japanese lessons so that they could learn Japanese even a little so they could find a job. But I am all by myself in this effort and, in the meantime, many Ukrainians who are at a loss as to where to go or how to live in Japan without the language are increasing. The government allowance of $1/day does not allow them to take Japanese lessons at a language school and so far as I know, not many places have made it easy for Ukrainians evacuees and refugees to have the access to free Japanese lessons.

This fundraising is so that we could collect money enough to keep supporting the Ukrainians who are in economical need. I would like to use this platform where money is constantly collected so I can reduce my paid lessons - reduce my monthly income - and offer lessons for free to Ukrainians in need. So your donation will basically pay for them to learn Japanese. On the weekly basis, I am getting more requests for free Japanese lessons, but I also need to keep my current job in order to survive. To compensate for the loss of income by reducing my regular lessons and instead focusing on the Ukrainian evacuees and refugees, your donation is essential - or else, I cannot keep teaching them for free. Most of my current students in Japan are working remotely online with the Ukrainian companies but their income is scarce. Further, many are young students age (in their early 20's) that they are totally dependent on the government assistance for now. While they can survive bare minimum, they cannot find a job or make friends without knowing the culture and the language.

If I received more money than my income prior to reducing regular paid lessons and offering free lessons, then I would like to either use the money for improvement of the lifestyle of my Ukrainians students (such as buying furniture and food). I also teach them (if they are near enough from where I live) how to cook Japanese so they could also make local food themselves (it is expensive to get ingredients from their own country).

PURPOSE of this Fundraising:
1) to secure my monthly income so I can offer free lessons to those evacuees/refugees who need it.
2) to improve the lifestyle of Ukrainians by teaching them how to cook Japanese food and get what are essential in cooking at home. (I am also an experienced cook)

If you could please help me out, it would be greatly appreciated, as I am already accepting quite a few students for free that my income has been decreasing by $300-$500 per month.

This Fundraising Campaign began in August and if I have at least $300 donation each month, I can survive. I have already withdrawn the amount indicated $335, but this platform apparently shows cumulative amount and not the amount actually in the pool. So as of September, I have $0 donation. I will still need your assistance. I will post at the end of the month or the first of the month on "Updates" to tell you if the money is withdrawn for that month and how much of it so you know if I am in need of economical assistance. You can also message me and ask how much money exactly has been donated each month.

Should you have any questions, please let me know. My contact info is as follows.

E-mail Address: [email protected]

TEL: +81-80-4498-6805

日本は避難民な難民の受け入れ体制に今までは後ろ向きでしたが、今回のロシアのウクライナへの侵攻をはじめ、多くのウクライナ人の保護に尽くしています。それでも、もちろん欧米諸国のように、までとはいきませんがとても大切な一歩だと思います。しかし、問題点も多く、日本で受け入れた避難民は、まず東京・千葉エリアの政府が用意したホテルに、住居や仕事などが見つかるまで滞在することになります。これはコロナウィルスが蔓延しているということもあり、検査を受け、できるだけ政府の管理下に置いておく、というものなのでしょう。実際にたくさんの方々が日本の支援に対して感謝をしてくれていますが、避難民の対応に慣れていないのか、政府も初めの頃は毎日、毎週のように対応が変わっていくような、ウクライナ人の希望が政府に伝わっていなかったりと、さまざまな面で対応が後手後手に回っていました。日々良くはなっているのでしょうが、それでも変わらないのが、ホテル滞在中の避難民への食事(朝、昼、晩の3回)と1日一人当たり1000円の支給です。食事は量も少なく、どうしても夜食や間食のためカップラーメンを買いに行ったりとしなければいけないようで、とてもではありませんが、風邪をひいたり、季節に応じて服を購入したり、日用品などは各自で購入するための1000円という手当らしく、一日中ホテルで日本語を勉強するか、もしくは何もせず過ごすか、常に不安な将来と向き合ったままの生活をしています。ホテルを出て、住居が見つかっても日本語ができないと仕事が見つからないので、生きていくこともできません。食事や1日1000円の支給はあくまでもホテルでの「待機期間」のもので、一度住居を見つけホテルを出ると、食事はもちろん、家具から何まで全て自分で揃えなければいけません。ホテルを出る際に、一時金として16万円ほどが渡され(+2400円が毎日一定期間支払われます)、それが住居費等に当てられるのですが、食事や1日1000円といった支給は滞ります。ポーランド、ワルシャワで日本へ避難民としてくることが出来る、と知らされますが、日本語の環境や英語だけで仕事がやっていけるのかなどは一切知らされていないようです。ですから、日本に来てみて、初めて「仕事を見つけることなんて無理に等しい」と痛感されている方が非常に多いです。

そこで、第2言語としての日本語講師の資格を保持していて、現在あるオンライン企業で外国人に日本語を教えている私が、少しでも力になれれば、と思い踏み切ったのがこの「無償での日本語授業」の提供です。住居や光熱費だけでも16万円では1ヶ月や2ヶ月しか持たない上、食費分(?)として支給されている2400円では、一食800円と、さらにウクライナの男性は国を出られないので、主に女性と子供のみが国外へ避難することが許されている状況です。そんな中、日用品はもちろん、子供がいればそれなりにお金もかかるので、日本語を学ぶために使うお金などありません。でも、日本語ができないと仕事も探せなければ友達など、自分の国や家族が攻撃を受けている最中一日中何もしないのは気が狂ってしまうでしょう。僕は日本語を教えるだけでなく、日本各地で行われている「国際交流」の場なども知らせてあげることで絆を深め合っていこうと思っています。心の拠り所になれればいいな、と思いこの活動を続けていきたいのですが、実際に本職の授業の時間を削って自腹でサポート活動をしているので、月に3万円〜7万円の収入源に陥っています。それでも、日本での生活のことを何も知らされていなかった避難民が生きていけない国に、日本をそういう国にしてはいけないと思い、出来る限り続けていきたいと思っています。この支援自体は4月から行っていますが、流石に3ヶ月ほど経ち、日本語教授に加え、近場で起こった問題などに対処していくには自分の資金も尽きてきています。この戦争、年内には終わらないという見方もありますし、実際、僕も1年や2年で済むようなものではないと思っています。ですので、「無期限」という形で募金活動を始めさせていただくことにしました。もちろん、生徒さん達のニュースや新しい情報などはこのページを通じて発信させていただくつもりですので、その他ご質問等ございましたら、[email protected] 竹原(たけはら)一星(いっせい)までご連絡いただければ幸いです。皆様、ご協力いただき大変ありがとうございます。

このプラットフォームは募金額がトータルで表示されるようです。僕個人としては最低でも3万円ほどの募金があれば生活できるのですが、何月にいくら募金があった、と言うような詳しい情報はわからないと思うので、是非メールなどで聞いてください。もしその月に3万円を超える金額が募金されている場合はその月の募金の必要は特に必要ない、と言う事になります。

電話番号:+81-80-4498-6805です。ただ、メールの方が確実だと思います。普段は仕事もしていますので。






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Donors

  • Garrett
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2022
$320.00
  • Garrett Kapp
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2022
$80.00
  • Nick A
  • Donated on Nov 07, 2022
$50.00
Nov 10

Updates on November 10th, 2022

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 09:29 am

I have been teaching the Ukrainians weekly and and for now not much to report. I am doing okay money-wise at this point but I may need to ask you for a donation later in the month or in the next month. A Ukrainian student I have has just found. . . . .

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Oct 10

Updates since the Russian simultaneous terrorist attacks on key Ukrainian cities

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 09:32 pm

First of all, I must apologize that I have not been able to give you more updates - I wish to give more updates in the future. My promise was to update at the beginning of the month about my activities. Unfortunately, I have not been able to offer free. . . . .

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Sep 15

Regular donation will be much appreciated 定期的な寄付金のお願い

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 10:25 am

(日本語は下に続きます)[Japanese follows after the English]As I have added in my "Story" section before, in order for me to keep offering the Ukrainians in Japan to make them speak enough Japanese in such a short time necessarily halts my primary jobs and I have much reduced income now. I still would. . . . .

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Sep 01

Aug. 31st Update

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 11:37 am

Hello everyone, As promised, I will update what I have done in each month and withdraw money each month so you know if I have more than $300 at least in the donation in that month, you do not need to donate and my needs are met as of the. . . . .

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Sep 01

A message from my student

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 08:57 am

Just heard from a Ukrainian student of mine (who is now focusing on her life-time mission as a medic in the front line) and told me that she and her battalion are in the city of Soledar. She said she got injured her arm today and on her way to. . . . .

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Aug 18

My Regular Schedules for Ukrainian students ウクライナ避難民への活動内容

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 06:40 pm

Perhaps I should explain and constantly update on what I have been doing (i.e. why I am asking for donation here). I teach Japanese professionally online, but since May, 2022, I have been setting aside some slots from my paid lessons so I could give intensive lessons for the Ukrainian. . . . .

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Aug 14

Another message from my Ukrainian student

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 03:42 pm

Issei Takehara helped me a lot with learning Japanese. Without this help, I would have drowned in a flood of information, resources and textbooks for learning Japanese. And he immediately, from the first online lecture, presents grammar that is extremely important for learning the Japanese language. So it's a little

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Aug 09

A message from my student

Update posted by Issei Takehara at 04:21 pm

My friends know that my biggest passion in the life is learning languages. One of the best things that happened to me this year is that I realized my old dream, started learning Japanese. I met a wonderful Japanese teacher who, as a support for Ukraine, gives free Japanese lessons. . . . .

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Donors & Comments

10 donors
  • Garrett
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2022
$320.00
  • Garrett Kapp
  • Donated on Dec 02, 2022
$80.00
  • Nick A
  • Donated on Nov 07, 2022
$50.00
  • Anne Gire
  • Donated on Sep 16, 2022
  • Let this help you!

$50.00
  • Joan Edelstein
  • Donated on Aug 12, 2022
  • Lovely. Thank you for doing this!

$25.00
  • Elizabeth Kamath
  • Donated on Aug 12, 2022
  • You're such a great teacher for our son, Toby, and it's wonderful that you're doing this.

$100.00
  • Lisa Phenix
  • Donated on Aug 11, 2022
  • Thx u for doing this 😀

$50.00
  • Anonymous
  • Donated on Aug 05, 2022
$35.00
  • Guest
  • Donated on Aug 03, 2022
$25.00
  • Garrett Kapp
  • Donated on Aug 03, 2022
  • I think you are doing a great thing to help support the people of Ukraine. Keep it up!

$100.00
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