JOEE at the Italian Embassy

At the end of March this year, 2021, JOEE was invited by Matelda Starace of the Italian Embassy in Tokyo to participate in their Spring Bazaar. We were so pleased to participate in this outdoor event where every precaution was taken to make sure that, although we are still dealing with pandemic measures, everyone who attended could do so safely. Masks were worn at all times and only removed briefly, while outdoors, for a few quick photos.

JOEE set up a table amidst other vendors who were also raising money for worthy causes. We met many lovely people and exchanged contact information, promising to keep in touch. Matelda was very gracious, introducing us to new friends and contacts.

Matelda’s husband, the ambassador, mingled with the crowd and stopped to answer my questions about the fascinating array of bonsai that decorated the back veranda. I learned about a unique kind of wisteria that I had never seen before. Refreshments of sparkling beverages and delicious Italian pizza and tartlets were served.

Our donors were happy to receive thank you gifts of darling, knit kangaroo finger puppets. Each puppet has two little joeys tucked into its precisely knit little pouch. These puppets were made for us by a women’s cooperative in Mexico, so our fundraiser had a double impact. We are so thankful to Matelda for the invitation, and very grateful for all of the generous donations that we received throughout the day. If you would like to donate to JOEE, please go to the following link:

Free English Lessons Online

Since JOEE’s goal is English education especially for those who cannot afford private lessons, we are posting English teaching videos to YouTube so that lively song and puppet-assisted lessons can be accessible to anyone.

JOEEの目標は英語教育ですが、特に個人レッスンを受けたくても金銭的な余裕がないお子さん達の為にお役に立ちたいと思っております。誰でも視聴できる様に生き生きとした歌や人形を使っての英語レッスンのビデオをユーチューブに載せる予定です。

“Miss Raku” and “Ruth-Sensei” have both created videos teaching basic English words. Please feel free to copy the links and share with friends; and encourage them to “Subscribe” to the YouTube channel which can be found by doing a search for “Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud.”

「ミス・ラク」と「ルース先生」は 英語の基本的な言葉を教えるためのビデオを制作いたしました。リンクをコピーしてお友達とシェアすることは自由です。その際はユーチューブを使って「Ruth Gilmore Ingulsrud」で検索していただき、チャンネル登録をしていただく様にお伝えください。

Here are some links to the lessons. JOEE lesson 1 teaches the words – “Ball, Throw, Catch, Me and You.” Enjoy and share!

下記のリンクでレッスンを視聴できます。 JOEEレッスン1では「Ball, Throw, Catch, Me and You」という言葉を学びます。お楽しみください!またお友達にシェアしてください!

JOEE Lesson 2 teaches the words – “Up, Down, Around, Over, Under.”

JOEEレッスン2では、「Up, Down, Around, Over, Under」という言葉を学びます。

A special JOEE lesson for Halloween teaches the words – “Pumpkin, Cut, Eyes, Nose, Mouth.”

ハロウィンの特別なJOEEレッスンでは、「Pumpkin, Cut, Eyes, Nose, Mouth」の言葉を学びます。

Miss Raku’s lessons include more Japanese but do a great job of teaching basic English words. Here’s a lesson on the words – “Big and Small.”

「ミス・ラク」のレッスンでは、日本語も少し混ざりますが、基本的な英語の言葉をしっかりと教えます。このレッスンでは「Big and Small」の言葉を学びます。

Miss Raku teaches “Hot, Cold and Splash.”

「ミス・ラク」は「Hot, Cold and Splash」を教えます。

Here’s a Halloween lesson with a fun song about 5 Little Pumpkins.

ハロウィンの楽しい5つの小さなかぼちゃについての歌はこちらです。

Thank you for watching! Please support more JOEE lessons by clicking on the GlobalGiving donation link below:

ご視聴くださり、ありがとうございます。どうぞこの下にあるGlobalGiving 寄付についてのリンクをクリックしてください。

Hot Dog! Youthful Donors!

Our summer fundraising efforts were given a delightful boost by an unexpected donation from a couple of youthful philanthropists. Oliver and Jun spent part of their summer hawking hot dogs at a small lakeside stand. As hot doggers, they are not paid for their time, but they are allowed to keep any “tips” that end up in the tip jar on the counter. When the clink of coin is heard in the jar, a cheer goes up from the busy staff inside the hot dog stand. “Yay! Thank you! Domo arigatou gozaimasu!”

This year, JOEE would like to give a rousing cheer right back at them, because instead of keeping their tips and buying some cold “ramune” soda or other delicious summer treats, these two young gentlemen decided to donate ALL of their tips to JOEE, to help support educational programs for kids without parents in institutional homes. Needless to say, the parents of these two kind souls are cheering for them as well.

Thank you very much, Jun and Oliver! Your generous bag of change will help create positive change for many kids this year. JOEE welcomes any donation, large or small, and we are so encouraged by seeing generous hearts and habits develop at such a young age. Hot diggity dog!

If you would still like to donate to JOEE, the Global Giving Fundraiser is still up and running and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Thank you for your generous donation!

Our First Online Fundraiser!

Mid-July, JOEE launched our first public fundraiser with the help of another NPO that does great work with orphanages around the world, including many here in Japan: YouMeWe NPO, headed up by Michael Clemons. We had been volunteering at the same children’s home in Ota-ku for several months before Michael and I finally managed to meet. He ran a class with the older children on Mondays for computer skills, and I met with the younger children on Thursdays and Fridays for JOEE language lessons. He had been wondering where the younger kids had been learning those new words in English. Our work had been mutually supportive.

Lion Online!

We discovered that we had many goals in common and that our two nonprofits could help each other as we developed programs for the youth in institutionalized care. YouMeWe helped to connect JOEE with the GlobalGiving program just in time to be launched with their matching donations program.

On Wednesday, July 15 at 10 pm Japan Time (9 am Eastern Time in the US), the Global Giving Bonus Day began. Donations of $100 up to $1,000 were matched with percentage funds that went from 15% up to 50% for the highest level of gifts (from $750 to $1,000). The fund drive began with the blessing of one $36 donation and then it took off! Donations of all amounts are adding up. It looks like we might reach our goal of raising $5,000 in donations by the end of the month.

Continue reading Our First Online Fundraiser!

I Spy… a JOEE Quilt!

A warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to Julie Fukuda, master quilter, who donated this amazing hand-stitched quilt to JOEE this month. Wow! We are so grateful and we have so many plans for using this wonderful quilt during our lessons once they start up again.

This quilt is an “I Spy” quilt, bursting with beautiful fabrics showing lots of objects that can be found and named. The quilt calls to mind the traditional game of observation. “I spy with my little eye… ” This quilt will be perfect for teaching English words to young children. “Where is a cat? There it is! Find an owl. Yes, you found it! Can you find the kangaroos? There they are on each of the corners!”

Sewn into the back of the quilt is a little pocket containing two bean bags for use in more creative games. I can’t wait to use this colorful language learning tool. The JOEE kids at the orphanages are going to LOVE it!