GCD: Community Engagement. Chiku Center Homeless Service

Chiku center Project: This project allows me to help the homeless people in Yokohama area, and to get engaged with the Yokohama community. I want to learn more about the community, and get a wider perspective by experiencing and getting interacted with the community.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively
  2. Recognise and consider the ethics of choices and actions

I went to Chiku center in the morning (8:00 a.m) to help the organisation who prepares lunches for the homeless people around this community. I have helped by washing and cutting vegetables. For the lunch to be provided towards all of the people, it required a massive amount of vegetables and other ingredients to be washed and to be cut and prepared. By cooperating with my peers and with the people from the community who came to help, we were able to finish cutting all of the ingredients in time. From this, I recognised the benefit of getting the work done faster by cooperation. I have consider the ethics of choices and actions by providing chairs for the elderlies to sit while helping.

Also, I have been spreading awareness of homeless in yokohama area in YIS. For example, at YS food fair (a school event/festival). We, “Chiku service group” had our own booth. We organised a mini activity for everyone to be able to participate, have fun, and learn about what we are doing. It required 200 yen so at the same time, we collected donations. Beforehand, I made brochure for people to be able to read and learn more details about our group. I recognised and consider the ethics of choices and actions by carefully describing the homeless people in the brochure, to make it not sound offensive. Few members from the group helped checking the brochure and to finalise them perfectly, which made me recognise the benefits of working collaboratively. I also demonstrate the skills and recognise the benefits of working collaboratively by working in pairs at the booth. By doing in pairs, we can divide the tasks which allows us to focus on little bits of the detail required in each of the tasks. It was done more efficiently and was overall successful.

Helping At Chiku Center

At the Food Fair Booth

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