RIJ’s Latest Intern: Edmund

First blog

最初のブログ

meWhen I was in Australia, I developed an interest in assisting refugees and asylum seekers. I had the pleasure of volunteering as an English Teacher and Activities Co-ordinator for a Non-Government Organisation in Australia which worked with both refugees and asylum seekers. I was able to listen to the stories of these people who fled war and turmoil in their home countries and faced countless hardships in their pursuit for safety. Upon moving to Japan I put this interest aside for a bit, partly because I was busy working and undertaking other things, but partly because I could not find an easy means to assist refugees from rural Japan. After 2 wonderful years in Miyagi I decided to make the move to Tokyo to recommence my pursuit to assist refugees.

オーストラリアに住んでいた時避難民や亡命希望者に対して支援することが興味がありました。あのとき、ある避難民や亡命希望者関係のNGOで英語を教えながら活動担当者により嬉しく経験してみました。そこで、治安に達するために多数の妨げをむりやりに向けてきた、苦難や戦争を逃げた、方の話を聞いてくれました。日本に来た後、避難民をてつだう余裕があんまりなかった(宮城県に住んでいた)ほかの趣味を追い掛けたし 仕事があったし 避難民に集中を抜きにして二年間生活してきました。結局東京に引っ越すことにして避難民を支援しようとしました!

Refugees are not as visible in Japan as they were in Australia, but it was refreshing to know that they are not totally ignored. There are organisations such as RIJ among others who are willing to help and so have the same interests as me. So I moved to Tokyo after RIJ agreed to take me on board as an Intern.

日本にはオーストラリアほど避難民が見えない団集ですが日本にも無視された団集じゃなくてよかった。RIJとかあるんですので私と同じく援助したい人がいます。したがってRIJでインターンするべく応募して受理をされてから東京に引っ越しました

The most refreshing thing I heard when I started with RIJ late last month was that RIJ specially selects programs which build skills among refugee communities to ensure that they can rebuild their own lives in a dignified manner. We are dealing with people in need, many of which are hoping to learn a trade, or find the opportunity to recommence their careers.

先月にRIJで始めてもっとも聞いてよかったことはRIJが特定に後援するプロジェクトでは避難民が自己決定論と自己主張ともあいまって発育できる。あなたはせっかくささげる寄付が無駄に使われることじゃなくて、むしろ思い切り自分の責任をとっている人は、技術や就職できるようになります

During my time at RIJ I hope to assist with educating the Japanese community through our schools program and other events and I also hope to reach out further to the University community in Tokyo. I have also already started writing grants, something which will give me a whole new skill set. I look forward to undertaking other further tasks which I am unfamiliar with, which RIJ is more than happy to accommodate.

RIJで働いてるうちに皆に避難民のこと教えたいと思います、エベントや高校教育プログラムで参加したりします、さらに大学に届けたいと思います。もう助成金申し込みをかきはじめましたし、いろいろな新しい体験をうけてもらうでしょう、これからも新しい技能を楽しみのしてます!

Edmund McGrath

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