Gin Chiku Center Visit Reflection

On October 6th, I went to the Chiku center in order to help the homeless community by preparing the ingredients for the food that will be distributed to the homeless. There were at least thirty homeless people in the area. Most of my job that day was to wash the vegetables. Some people from our school were in charge of cutting the vegetables. The vegetables we prepared were then used to cook the lunch for the homeless people. After the collapse of the bubble economy, many people lost their jobs, increasing the number of homeless in Japan. Therefore, the action I took helped at least some of the homeless to live and also provide a heart-warming environment where the homeless could feel the kindness of the people around them. While helping, I was also able to talk with the volunteers as well as the actual homeless which helped me increase the knowledge about the homeless people themselves as well as the different actions Japanese people take to help the homeless.

Also, on food fair (November 5th), the GIN group had a booth to spread awareness of the homeless people in Japan. We prepared posters, presentations and a small scavenger hunt activity so that our audience can learn about the homeless without being bored. It is important to share what we do to help the homeless since the whole problem regarding homeless people is not a major problem in Japan but one of the problems that must be solved in order to create a better living environment.

1 Comment on Gin Chiku Center Visit Reflection

  1. Ms.Urquhart
    May 2, 2018 at 3:28 pm (4 weeks ago)

    Hi Emily,

    I’m reviewing this post as part of the GCD Community Engagement core value. Your post does show that you were involved in a worthwhile experience that does support community needs. But I am left wondering how you see your involvement as making a positive difference in the issue of poverty in Japan. Here are some questions you might want to think about (from GCD website:

    Why does it matter? Are you different as a result? What will stay with you? How are your strengths, interests, passions connecting? What do you now know that you don’t know?

    The other aspect to consider is that community engagement really emphasizes long term and deep engagement. Are you visiting the Chiku Centre regularly? Or just once? Give this some thought and consider revising for resubmission. Let me know if you have questions!



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