Akita Holy Spirit School Institute: "Children help Children" Project
Putting cans into the Box
SMILE CAN DAY Collecting box
St. Mary's club members take and crush cans
In February of this year, as a joint project between Holy Spirit High school and Holy Spirit kindergarten, we started collecting aluminum cans and exchanging them for money to be sent to the children in need in Japan and around the world for the Holy Childhood Sunday (The last Sunday of January every year).
With the cooperation of the parents, the kindergarten collects aluminum cans twice a month. The members of the high school's St. Mary’s Club (Seibo-kai club) take and crush them one by one. After doing so, they will return them once again to the kindergarten.
With the 5-year-olds, we would take the cans to the aluminum can collection box at a nearby supermarket. If we put 10 cans in the box, they would be exchanged for 5 yen. These are the expression of children when they experienced this for the first time.
Kids put in cans one by one, rhythmically
Wow, we got a gold coin!!
Handmade savings box with the image of whole world helping each other
We were able to get only 30 yen from 60 pieces of aluminum cans. How hard to earn money! However, there are people in Japan and around the world who collect recyclable items like this from the trash and take them to a trader to be exchanged for money which isindeed a huge labor.
Through this simple project, we hope that the children could experience the importance and difficulty of labor, solidarity with people especially with other children who are living in poverty, cooperating with the Holy Spirit High School students, and joy and sense of accomplishment that comes from contributing to the society. "Let's start with what we can do!” This is also our small participation in the SDGs.