AMURT & AMURTEL Japan Relief Work report for April 1st

To keep in line with the tradition of April fool day, our day started with a little joke to one of our volunteers who had spent the night at the international village refugee center. We called him and told him that we were tired and planned to take a day off, and he believed it!
It was a day of intense work clearing mud and ruined furniture from an elderly couple’s home. The house was big and so the whole team went there, and working silently and fast the job was done much earlier than expected.
And it was very good because we wanted to return to Sendai in time to send off Dada Karunamayaji, who had to return to Taiwan. He was with us from the very beginning of the relief operation and has been a powerful source of loving care for all.
He was somewhat worried about the contamination from the Fukushima nuclear plant but only because he might not have been allowed to return to Taiwan. Indeed he is a very dedicated worker and we will miss a lot his presence here.
A new Japanese volunteer took his place and so the team’s numeric strength hasn’t changed. He is one of our virtual friends from the Japanese social network and so we meet him in person for the first time.
During the next two days two more volunteers will join us just for just the weekend; it may seem a short period but our service depends on quality, not duration.
Dada Ganadevananda

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