Ken summed up the children’s sentiments. We are all people and we can all learn from each other. On a very cold and wet day the grade 1 children joined the middle and high school Chiku Centre group to make onigiri for the homeless community of Yokohama. The children seamlessly fitted in. There was no need to tell them what to do. The children made onigiri (rice cakes) and added stickers with personal messages from the children (we love love you, hello, have a good day). The multi-coloured stickers shone out on this dark day. They worked tirelessly, making, wrapping, re-wrapping, adding stickers and tidying up the mess.
Vita: Like you have to wash your hands because you make something and help. The homeless people doesn’t have house and money.
Diego: I wasn’t so good at making the onigiri at first and then I got rally good. We can help the homeless people so they can eat and not starve.
Devano: I learned how to make onigiri and be be respectful to homeless people. By making food.
Hayato: I learned to make onigiri, because the homeless people don’t have money and cant buy. ”
Erik: I learned how to make onigiri, because I didn’t know. The homeless people don’t have money so we give them onigiri.
Ken: I learned how to make triangle onigiri and we give them to the homeless people and then the big kids give it to the Chiku Centre and we put stickers on it. We said good luck… we say we are real people and you are real people too.”
Chloe: Well… It was my first time making onigiri for the homeless people and also made the triangles and before I didn’t know how to. The homeless people can’t get things and they are called homeless because they sleep on the floor.”
Sophie: We made onigiri for the homeless people because they don’t have money and buy a house.”
Jesse: I saw the homeless people on the train station they was sleeping. They don’t have presents or money. They don’t have present and we made them onigiri and put on a sticker to make them happy.”
Mona: This is the first time to make onigiri. Stickers is for homeless people because stickers like presents and homeless people doesn’t have presents.
Aoi: Like a saw a homeless boy in Korea and Japan. I said to my dad who is that? My dad teach me. I think they sad. We make onigiri and sticker and make happy.
Owen: I sort of enjoyed making the ongiri and I really enjoyed putting on the stickers. We help or they will get sick and die.
Masaichi: I can make the triangle ongiri. This is first time I make triangle onigiri. Give to homeless people because they don’t have home or money.
Jimin: I saw the homeless the people. Homeless people no home, no food and no presents. They sad. I saw two grandpas.
To give. To receive. To connect. To learn.
High School and Grade 1’s – A Joint Effort for the Homeless By Connie