EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT

Grow with young

By giving various opportunities to young people to interact with Hansen disease issues, such as visit to Hansen disease sanatorium in Japan and lectures at university, etc. To the youth who will lead the future, we tell the importance of respecting people’s dignity which is necessary to live rich in heart and care about each other.

And we cultivate human resources with the ability to feel joy in living and human resources with the power to create a future where people can live excitingly.

Visit National Hansen Disease Sanatorium Tama-zenshoen

We visit the National Hansen Disease Sanatorium Tama-zenshoen located in Higashimurayama city, Tokyo, to learn about Hansen disease. In Tama-zenshoen, a National Hansen disease museum is right next to it, and first of all, we go there and study the outline of Hansen disease history.

And we go to the field work on historical sites there such as “Bohkyo Hill”, “Yamabuki-sha”, “Old Library”. Finally, we have a casual discussion with residents and those who have been reintegrated. By listening to the thoughts of people who are affected by Hansen disease, it tells us something we cannot learn from materials or historical sites.

The purpose of visit to the sanatorium is not only to deepen knowledge about Hansen disease but also to allow each participant to think about what we can do in order not to repeat the same mistakes in the history for the future.

Visit to the National Hansen Disease Sanatorium in Suruga

We visit the National Hansen disease sanatorium in Suruga in Gotemba city, Shizuoka twice a year to help events such as *Joyanokanetsuki and summer festivals. We will create a place where residents and local people can share enjoyable time.

*Joyanokanetsuki is a Japanese ritual which to ring a big bell at temple on the New Year’s Eve.

Before and after the event, we go on a field work on historical sites such as “Nokotsudoh”, “Park” and “Suruga Shrine”. In addition, we invite experts of book club for Hansen disease literature, and a Hansen disease specialist to deliver a lecture of clinical Hansen disease.

The purpose of this visit to the sanatorium is not only to help create a place where residents and local people can share happy time, or learn about Hansen disease, but also to encourage participants to think about the future of Hansen disease sanatorium.