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Island girl goes to L.A. in an exchange visit

Date Posted: 2006-04-15

Ayumi Gibo is studying to be a nursery school teacher.

She has already seen a bit of the world, thanks to the Daddy Long Legs Uncle Scholarship Program. The NPO Foundation supports students 16~24 whose parents have been killed in car accidents or other unexpected catastrophic incidents. The program expands to encompass students whose parents cannot work or live by themselves because of illness.

The Daddy Long Legs Uncle Scholarship Program took Ayumi to Los Angeles earlier this Spring under the exchange program. Ayumi lost her father when she was nine years old, leaving her mother to care for both her and a brother. With money tight and her mother weak, Ayumi had to help support the family by delivering newspapers when she was small.

She’s now at Okinawa Women’s College, in the eduction department. Ayumi did her home stay at Toshio Handa’s home in Los Angles. Toshio is studying there, and takes in overseas students from Japan. Ayumi, during her three-week stay, learned about Japanese companies, tourism, homes for the elderly and schools.

No government funds support the Foundation, or its scholarship programs. Private individuals provide home stay family sites.

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