September 5, 2011
School children from the Fukushima prefecture which was hit by a devastating earthquake have written to thank Ghana and especially staff and management of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the University of Ghana for their solidarity messages and the boxes of chocolates donated by the Institute. The letters of appreciation from the students were presented to the Director of the Institute, Prof. Alexander Nyarko by the Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Mr. Jiro Inamura at the Institute in Accra.
In a reel of heart-warming messages, the Japanese school children mostly between the ages of 5 and 12 years and in school grades ranging from one to six (primary school equivalent in Ghana), thanked staff and management of Noguchi Memorial Institute for the donation and for expressing their solidarity for the victims of the earthquake. They explained how well they enjoyed the ‘Ghana Chocolate' and how the solidarity messages encouraged them.
The school children also expressed their love to visit Ghana and learn more about the country. They also indicated that they are in good health and are safe and sound.
Mai Sato, a fourth grader girl wrote: ‘Thank you very much for the chocolates. They are delicious. I really do wish to visit Ghana someday. I heard the climate is very hot. What type of local cuisine do you have? We here in Aizu, eat ‘Mishirazu-gaki'' (sweetened persimmon). It's very sweet and tasty.'
Norihito Teraki, another fifth grader boy said: ‘Thank you so much sending us the chocolates. Though, the damage done to east Japan by the earthquake was massive, luckily for us, the damage to our school was minimal. You and your chocolate gave us hope and motivated us to fight the challenges created by the tsunami.'
Seina Hoshi, a second grader girl said: ‘Thank you for sending the chocolates from such a distance; I had four pieces; all four of them tasted great. My family also said they tasted great. The aftershocks of the earthquake are getting fewer these days. The chocolates gave me so much strength. I hope everything is well in Ghana. All of us here at our school are doing just fine. Thank you and may God bless you.'
Prof. Nyarko, on behalf of staff and management of the Institute, commended the students for their grateful attitude.