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Help Provide Peace of Mind for Siblings of Children with Serious Illness

Shibutane

17-36 Minaminobetsu Cho, Daito City, Osaka Prefecture 574-0016

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Project Description

Donations support the projects for the siblings of children who have illnesses, increase the support network of those caring for the siblings, and also support operating costs.

Director

Ms. Kiyoda

Ms. Kiyoda was born in 1976. She graduated from Osaka Prefecture University, Faculty of Social Welfare as a social worker.
Her younger brother sadly passed away of heart disease at the age of 4 when she was only 17.

" When I was a junior high school student attending the hospital where my brother was hospitalized, I used to wait hours in front of the ward door while my parents spent time with him. I couldn't enter due to age restrictions."

Because she often met other children in similar situations, she wanted to find a way to support siblings of children with illnesses.
She established the volunteer organization Shibutane in 2003, which acquired NPO legal status in 2016 and assumed office as president.

In addition to activities directly supporting siblings of sick children,
Shibutane creates and distributes booklets (2 types, 67,000 books in total) to expand the sibling support circle. They also hold lectures, training workshops, educational activities and “Sistering Day” on April 10th.


Some of our children have said this - “At Shibutane there are adults that support me.” “Because of Shibutane, I can face tomorrow. ”

I love helping children spend their childhood in peace. I want to surround siblings with the warm feelings of many people.

Categories

Children

Description

Children‎, Medical‎, Welfare, Charity

Website & Social

We support the siblings of children who have serious illnesses such as pediatric cancer, heart disease, etc. Healthy siblings often experience fear, anxiety, and loneliness due to frequent and lengthy hospital stays of their brothers or sisters. Our activities include:

1) Sibling Day - A day for siblings to receive attention and feel special.

2) Play time with siblings during hospital visits. Many children’s wards do not allow visitors younger than junior high school students to accompany their families into the examination room. They could be left outside for long periods of time without any attention.

3) Increase supporters and raise awareness about the issues the siblings face through lectures, reports, pamphlets, and educational activities

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