The place to study for children leading the future

Asian report/March 2018

-The place to study for children leading the future-


In the activity to heighten the degree of resilience in the village, Terrarenaissance provide education supports to reduce the chain of poverty. We could construct school and kindergarten and give them implements for studying. That is thanks to your supports.

In this March, “Landmine-Zero Miyazaki” collected writing implements and we distributed them to children in kindergarten in Preah Put village and children in Srae Sdau primary school.


(Photo by Tsuda: children given writing implements, Preah Put village)

Srae Sdau primary school was constructed 4 years ago. Until then, there was no school in the village and children had to go school which they could not go alone. This is because a few children could go to school.


Now, 79 students study at school.

“Children who mostly could not go to school 4 years ago study very well at school now. Some students can get good score. Some students continue to junior high school. It is very nice. Thank you very much”, the teacher told us.

The teacher said, “some students cannot come here today, so we want to have the leftovers for them by distributing not all writing implement. If we can have more leftovers, we pass them to students who can get good score on the exam and motivate the students.”


(Photo by Tsuda: children are waiting for receiving writing implements in a line, Srae Sdau primary school)

The teacher said that some students drop out of school by the reason of economic condition.

Students who had dropped out came to school on that day and they talk with their teachers about their present situation. Teachers believe they will come back to school someday and keep relationships with students.


Writer/the intern in Asian project

Risa Tsuda


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Ex-child soldiers changing their lives

Ex-child soldiers changing their lives

African report February 2018

In the northern part of Uganda, we give “ex-child soldiers” support for their independence. They were abducted and forced to fight. This time, we introduce a trainee who works as a tailor after she received Terrarenaissance’s dressmaking training.


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 (photo: the dressmaking shop in the market)


 “There are few customers”, she said without confidence 1 year ago when she had just opened her shop. Now they are many customers!


She said, “I formerly relied on my uncle for living expenses but I understood he also does not have no money to spare… it was hard for me to live.

Now, I can take care of my family because of income from the dressmaking shop. If anyone in my family pick up malaria, I can take him or her to hospital for treatment.”

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 (Raising kids and working)


Half a year is left before support for independence have finished for 3 years.

They make steady progress towards independence. For example they can pay the rent on their shop.

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 (photo: the members in the dressmaking shop and they received training together.)

They will independent in a bit. They have tragic past experiences but they continue challenging and they gradually change.

We believe we all have “the power of creating future” and continue trying!

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(various kinds of clothes they make by the skill they have acquired)

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 (making school uniforms)



The writer/The project manager in Africa

Tatsujiro Suzuka




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Villagers’ smiles in Preah Put village

Asian report/March 2018

-Villagers’ smiles in Preah Put village-                                


Preah Put village is one of the villages Terra renaissance supports in Cambodia.


(photo: children in the village)


Preah Put village is on the sloop of the small mountain. This village is near the border between Thailand. A severe state of war existed and many landmines were buried. As the villagers told us, more than 6000 landmines were found and removed in only this area.

(Photo: Preah Put village is on this mountain)


Now, land mine removing was finished within a villagers’ daily living area by the action of the partner of “Terra Renaissance”, Landmine removing organization “MAG”


However, children could not go to school for economic reasons after villagers were able to live in the village.

We began to build a kindergarten. The construction of kindergarten was finished in October 2015 and lessons started in November.


(Photo: the kindergarten in Preah Put village)

In this kindergarten, children learn Khmer language, math and music on ordinary 5 days. Their days are started like this.

 (video: children and teachers are singing before they enter school.)

There is also a supply center of school meals in this village and they can eat highly nourishing and tasty meals.

(photo: the supply center of school meals)

Villagers always smile and they get along well from adults to children. I feel their vitality and cheerfulness and I cannot believe land mines were buried a little earlier.

(photo: villagers’ association. Both adults and children are participating in it.)

 They may still need the support about their daily life, I can feel their courage and fortitude. We can be active in this village because you support us. Thank you very much for supporting.

(photo: the villagers in Preah Put vilage)

Writer/The ex-intern at Kyoto office

Misora Ohara

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“Our” cooperative union

African report/ February,2018_Topics01

“Our” cooperative union


The support to organize cooperative unions

Photomeeting by a bee-keeping group


”Why is it important to work together in cooperative unions?”

”What is important in order to make cooperative unions sustainable?”

”What is the cause of failings in cooperative unions?”


   We had meetings to organize cooperative unions many times.

 “You all have right to express your opinions in cooperative unions," we told them and they, including who did not often insist their opinions before, began to say what they think.

photo: One of the members expressing his opinion at a meeting


photo: One of the members expressing his opinion at a meeting

I was very impressed with a comment one of the members told the others.

 “Cooperation is important to manage the cooperative union. Leaders will be faced with a lot of problems, then it is important for us to cooperate with leaders() and follow the law. If we do not cooperate, our cooperative union will fail.

 (Five leaders elected in election manage the cooperative union in Burundi)


photo: the meeting by a ceramic industry group


They are not “beneficiaries” and they run business from now on.

We only play a role as an outsider facilitating their activities.

What is important is that people, the main actors receiving benefits, themselves understand the role of cooperative organization and actively behave with their independent mindset.

During the meeting several times, they started being aware that “This is our cooperative union” and it seems that they positively engage with its union to improve the management with responsibility.

We continue to work harder to organize cooperative union!!


the writer/The sub-manager of African project

Mayu Furuoka

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A villager who “improve” beehives by himself

Asian report 1

A villager who “improve” beehives by himself



I visited Mr. Percy’s house in Laos to investigate vegetation about beekeeping in February 2018.

I told the head at the village “I want to know blossoms in the village,” and he introduced to me Mr. Percy who was familiar with blossoms.

Photo: Mr. Percy during an interview about vegetation. (photo by Esumi)
“It is currently the dry season but there are the most blossoms in this season,” Mr. Percy told me first.

“This village has blossoms of peach, plum, pear, chestnut, silverberry, lime, and coffee.

However, it snowed last year and it is colder than average this year, so some colonies of bees died,” Mr. Percy went on.


While I was disappointed to hear that, Mr. Percy told me “I am making a beehive by hollowing out a log for coldness prevention and by installing a strip of board in the ceiling for ease of collecting honey,” he told me.

I was surprised and very happy to hear that.

There were around 30 beehives in front of the cabin, the pillars of which were made of cases of cluster bombs.

The beehives were two kinds of that I’ve given him in a training session in December, one is a traditional Laotian beehives and the other one he made by himself after the training.

I was impressed that there are people working to improve beehive based on the knowledge and skills he has acquired from the training and tried beekeeping.

There are bees in some beehives and they are putting their all into collecting honey.

Photo: an original beehive made by Mr. Percy (photo by Itagaki)

Laotian forest which has bees are making villagers’ life sustainable and more resilient.
We try to continue supporting to arrange nature which is ease for bees to live and help villagers to do their best.
The writer/Asian project manager

Tai Ezumi

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