We have strived to build a society where it is normal that every child can live in their society throughout their childhood until they grow up to become adults. Since 2001, we have provided life support services to people with difficulties, senior citizens, children, and their families so that they can live ordinary lives. However, society as a whole does not seem to be getting better.
Rather more, the number of truancy, NEET, developmental disorder, child abuse, and DV are constantly increasing. 1 out of 3 family is getting a divorce, and single parent families are also increasing.
It is said that 1 out of 6 children living in Japan, an advanced country is living in poverty. It is time that NPOs, government, enterprises, and citizens working at site must cooperate and work in hand across individual sectors in order to envision a picture where the whole society take part in raising the children and take actions together.
Collective for children will draw a collaboration map and commit towards a brighter future for each child and Japan.
A’s parents got divorced before she entered elementary school. The trigger of the divorce was the DV by the father. As A’s mother went to work, A started to spend much time with her grandmother.
A started to skip school since 1st grade, and her grandmother sent and picked her up from school when A couldn’t go to school alone, but she got tired of that itself as she got older.
A’s grandmother suggested that the mother spend time with A in the house at night, but her mother felt the need to make savings for her daughter, so she had no choice but to ask for grandmothers assistance.
A’s grandmother suggested that the mother receive public assistance, but the mother insisted that she doesn’t want to be indebted to welfare.
A’s middle school teacher introduced a consultation service organization, but as it was only open on weekdays, the mother was unable to go.
Soon, A stopped going to middle school and was no longer able to catch up on her studies.
Upon suggestion from the middle school teacher, A entered a high school with correspondence course and made a friend for the first time.
A’s mother was glad to see her daughter talk happily about her friend. A’s friend had also experienced truancy during middle school. However, as the friend stopped coming to school, A dropped out from high school despite her mothers’ opposition.
A learned to earn money at night, as she wanted money to have fun. The adults she met working in the city night were friendly, and she soon started to date a 20yearold man and got pregnant.
Parents got divorced when B was in 1st grade.
The 2 stepbrothers stayed with the father, and the mother remarried but got divorced again 2 years later and B ended up living with the mother alone.
B didn’t like to study, but liked physical education and went to school everyday.
The elementary school teacher was very friendly, and was like a father to B.
In the first year of middle school, B’s mother suddenly disappeared, and so B was sent to an institution upon the discussion between the middle school teacher and child consultation center.
Later, B entered technical high school, but dropped out in half a year, as the classes weren’t interesting.
After quitting school, B couldn’t stay in the institution anymore, and went to live with his elder brother. B started a part-time job, but it didn’t last long as he couldn’t get along with his colleagues.
As B’s brother insisted B to pay half the rent, he felt uncomfortable living with his brother, and ended up hopping friends house.
C is a family of 3 with her 8year old younger sister, as the father passed away from cancer.
C’s mother suffered from diabetes and was unable to do the house chores. Therefore, the family lived off the father’s survivor’s pension and mothers disability pension.
C was late to school everyday, as she had to take care of the house before going to high school.
When C entered high school, her friends asked her out to eat and go to Karaoke, but she was unable to as she didn’t have much money and also had to go shopping for dinner and cook.
Gradually, C got tired of going to school, and decided to quit before the summer break.
The high school teacher suggested that she attend high school with correspondence course, and she did so, as the mother agreed.
When C turned 18, her mother passed away.
C gave up entering University to work, as her younger sister was about to enter middle school. However, there was not much support from the school on how to job-hunt and she didn’t know what to do. C now works at 2 part-time jobs to make a living and pay for her younger sister’s cram school.
D lives in a family of 3 with his 14 year old younger sister, as Ds parents got divorced before he entered elementary school due to his father’s DV.
The family lived off mother’s part-time allowance and grandmother’s assistance, as the children were still young.
When D entered elementary school, he was unable to relate well with his friends.
He would talk about trains and bugs that he liked, but didn’t bother to care about things that didn’t interest him. D had a few friends in his lower grades, but started getting bullied in his upper grades. Also, he couldn’t catch up in his studies.
When D insisted that he doesn’t want to go to school, his mother scolded him and hit him as she felt that education was important for D so he doesn’t suffer in the future.
In 6th grade, D’s elementary school teacher told his mother that “D may have developmental disorder”.
Ds mother did not want to believe this, but D was diagnosed as developmental obstacle (autism spectrum) at the hospital.
The media talks about “child poverty” and tries to settle the problem by building cafeterias tackling child poverty and distributing food coupons, but these solutions are merely solving problems on the tip of the iceberg.
Issues change as the child grows up, and the issues belong to the family, not the individuals alone. Therefore, this chain of poverty is passed on from the parent to the child.
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