Orphanage Support is My Lifetime Work and Legacy

My goal is to create nine great orphanages in the world,
modeled after Manjushree with three C’s concept,
“Courage, Communication, and Compassion.”
I continue my struggle to accomplish this someday.


The Story of Two Orphanages in Indonesia

New York, N.Y. I went to Indonesia the other day. I have visited there four times. Two visits were to Bali to introduce the Indonesian Gamelan Orchestra and dancers to the West. The third visit was a super luxury trip I won at a charity auction, which was just super rich luxurious with unbelievable hotels in Bali. For the fourth time this time, we aimed at visit orphanages.

With much concern, I was planning to go to the orphanage I had visited before in Bali. It was right after the earthquake there, but I found out that the orphanage was safe.

untitled event - 081Stopping for lunch near the orphanage with a Young Global Leader from New York.

Just as I created a non-profit organization for orphanages around the world under Gaia Holistic Inc., with Jim Luce I support children of Orphanage International Worldwide who are likely to be active as global leaders in the future.

In July, Jim Luce and few students visited the orphanage of Manado on the island of North Sulawesi and I joined to accompany for about ten days in total. Indonesia consists of 14,572 islands, and each island has different cultures.

This time we visited Manado and Jakarta on the island of Java just below the equator. One would guess that Manado is very hot because it’s on the equator. I was surprised that on its plateau it was pleasantly cool. With many volcanoes around, it feels like it is surrounded with ten small Mt. Fuji’s.

The are surrounding Manado great environment where a hot spring will come out as soon as you dig a few meters. This is not a rich summer resort, but people use the hot springs in their personal homes.

There are many places on the road where hot spring bathing is offered, which is interesting. Some are like a large swimming pool like a hot spring resort in Japan, and there are lots of small huts with private hot springs stalls which can be misunderstood as toilets. It is a hot spring hut! It would have be nice to take a photo as it is unique and interesting.

Java is predominantly Muslim, Bali is Hindu, but in Manado is surprisingly Christian.

I went to the hospital with a small stomach trouble during my stay in Manado, at a very clean hospital, where I was able to see the doctor immediately without waiting and be surprised to give me the tea and medicine. This was world-class service and even in Japan such a hospital does not exist in such a remote village. It was beautiful, clean, and run so so efficiently in such a remote village – I was so surprised.

There were many holes and caves in the jungle. I was told the Japanese soldiers were hiding during the war. There are not many Japanese living now in Manado. But the people in Indonesia are very friendly to the Japanese.

The orphanage we visited outside Manado in Tomohon had around forty children. When considering the support of an orphanage, I always consider the human quality, of the person who operates the institution. In this orphanage the principal was a very fine, even great person, and the children are being raised well and with compassion.

There are many orphanage directors around the world who think about their own interests, so one should not support any old orphanage without serious consideration and inspection.

In Manado and Bali’s orphanages, we found excellent principals whom we can trust with really good children. In a successful school, older children are helping and teaching smaller children so well and that makes the difference.

The first time I fully supported an orphanage was around 2008. As I wrote before, I heard that Dalai Lama has been trying to build a hospital in Tawang, near the last village at the border of China and India in the Himalaya where he first reached the freedom to the West sixty years ago.

untitled-event-085I wanted to support the Tibetan children of Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India,

I wanted to support children in this orphanage “Manjushree” infected by the tuberculosis, and visited the Manjushree orphanage to help them there. The first experience was to treat children with tuberculosis with my Onnetsu therapy. And later, I raised the funds to build a nice school buildings.

I have always thought about the future of children. Children are the treasures of the world, the treasures of the universe, and the treasures of the future Humanity. To help the refugee children of Libya, Yemen and in other refugee camps in the world. This is such urgent matter.

Children can be abandoned anywhere, even in Japan; they all need help. I think it is necessary to create a proper orphanage. It may not be easy to do accomplish this in my native land because this is not the culture of Japan.

There are many other orphanages in Africa, however. But there is a lot of corruption in Africa and it is difficult place to work, but I have worded hard there. The same is true in India, where there is a lot of corruption. I would like to support orphanages in India, but if you note that donations are often stolen or used for corruption, it is very difficult.

No matter how good the institution looks, if you don’t know the headmaster or staff who is leading the school or orphanage, all the support is very possibly wasted. Trust but verify!

My goal is to create nine great orphanages in the world, modeled after Manjushree with three C’s concept, “Courage, Communication, and Compassion.” I continue my struggle to accomplish this someday.

Originally published as Vol. 53 in Weekly Biz, December 15, 2018; translated by Jim Luce.

See: Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura Column in Japan’s Weekly Biz



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About Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura

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Dr. Kazuko Hillyer Tatsumura
Dr. Kazuko was born into a distinguished old family in Kyoto, Japan, and graduated from Toho conservatory of Music in Tokyo. In 1961 she came to U.S. as a pianist sponsored by the Boston Symphony. She studied at Boston University, New York University, and received her Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine from New York State University and the International Academy of Education in Tokyo. From 1968 to 1992, she promoted cultural exchanges from East to West and vice versa, and became a world famous impresario, producing 2,000 events each year all over the world encompassing over 140 countries. In this connection, in 1972, she went to Dharamsala to find the lost Tibetan Folk Opera, and met His Holiness the Dalai Lama, with whom she remains a lifelong friend. In 1973 and 1991 she arranged and funded personally the tours of the Folk Opera of Tibet to the West. She has received many medals and honors from different countries. Her tireless life long work in Philanthropic field is vast and well known ranging from Save the Beacon Theater, Save the Boat People, Help the Homeless, natural disasters of earthquakes and tsunamis, as well as relief to AIDS and HIV positive children in Africa. She has been a dedicated Board Member to both the J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International for years. Her work focuses on the Tibetan people; Tibetan children remain especially strong in her heart. She raised fund for the new academic building for Manjushree Orphanage in Tawang, India and supported many aspects of the school. See HuffPo pieces entitled Japanese Holistic Healer in NYC to Build School for Tibetan Orphans in India, A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro’s Daughter, and NYC Gala in Support of Tibetan Orphans Set for January.

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