Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Jenna's Day at Sosei House

Recently, our daughter Jenna, Service Coordinator at 4Life, had the privilege to travel to Japan, South Korea, and  Malaysia to participate in 4Life service events. While in Japan, she visited Sosei House in Okinawa, an establishment that cares for autistic children. 4Life Japan provides ongoing support for Sosei House, including funds for exercise equipment, music therapy classes, and life skills such as sewing.

Wow! We had an incredible day at Sosei House. This is one of the most special places I have been able to visit. Lots of wonderful things are happening here, and the children are so precious. We joined them in their music therapy class, which was so fun. The kids in this therapy class have either lost their ability to speak, or they're struggling with it. The music therapy helps them form sounds again and it's very positive and fun for the kids. The children also learn how to play simple instruments like shakers and drums.

I also had the opportunity to see where the older kids and adults at Sosei House learn to make craft items and develop artistic talents. They use the sewing machine that 4Life donated to make some of their items. The crafts are sold at the local museums. I learned that they sell out almost every day! These projects give the residents an opportunity to earn money, learn skills, and feel like they belong in the community.

The staff and children are very grateful for everything 4Life does for them. Sosei House is a very happy place! The children look forward to being there and they are learning essential social and educational skills. I am happy I got to see this place in person!