Feb 2007 Newsletter: Yumi's Monthly Note
Our project in Mie pref. has been kicked-off. Lottery was given to choose the participants as we had more than 20 applicants. The children all come from various schools. The background of the new facilitators in Mie is also diverse and is very multicultural. Out of all the facilitators, we have three who are working as English teaching assistants their Japanese language ability is rather limited or very limited. The Pangaea activity, however, easily breaks that language barrier. We started with Fun Ice break activity.
I was expecting January to be a very busy month. Just as I figured, we had the kick-off of our Mie Site, the general meeting of the board, two presentations at the academic conferences, as well as our development work, and three regular activities. I prefer being busy than having plenty of spare time, because the reason I have no days off comes from the fact that our activity has been catching more attention by bigger number of business organizations, who are interested in getting to know more about us. At the meeting with the board of directors, we were pointed out that it is time for us to pull ourselves out of the precarious day-to-day management. Well, the day-to-day management is not really what we have intended to do, however, this is how I feel lately. Suppose we receive a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, we need to focus on spending it to achieve our goals by carefully examining where we actually stand. Otherwise, we might end up ruining the whole organization we have made what it is today. ‘What is important is for you to have is not so much the size of the organization but the winning pattern'. I recall the word of a man of wisdom whose name was rather like one of a ra-men noodle shop. Pangaea is small, but I believe we have got the winning pattern now. It is time to evolve ourselves to move on to the next phase. Please stay with us and we thank you for your support and guidance as always.