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MIA Volunteer News: June 2003

The first time you meet Mrs.Rani Sanku you would feel she is very active and energetic. After acquiring three masters in India, which consisted of accounting, economics and another, she taught in a university for two years then worked for a firm (company) for seven years doing a worthwhile (challenging) job but moved to Japan twelve years ago for (because of) her husband’s research. She came to Japan and settled in Kyoto with a child who was one and a half years old and not only was she unfamiliar with the language but she also was hesitant to the lifestyle of not having a maid (hired hand/servant) for now she would have to do everything on her own which she was unaccustomed to. But with her characteristic positive attitude she got used to it in no time. She says that there were very few things that surprised (amazed) her in Japan since Japan too has an Asian (-) way of thinking.

Now, (Currently) she is a parent of (to) two children, one fourteen and the other six. Even when she started the “Sanku Cooking Club,” what they talked about while eating was about parenting (was, how to raise (bring up) children). She feels that Japanese children don’t have big dreams and hopes that parents would talk to their children at home so that they would.

The older son, Sujan, has graduated from a public primary school and when he was in fifth grade Mrs. Rani joined the PTA and held a “Indo-Festival” that the whole fifth grade attended and when Sujan was in sixth grade she became the administrator (director/board member) of the PTA and held a “World’s children Festival” that the whole school attended. Since she worked at the Indian embassy, she had many acquaintances and managed to invite America, Brazil, Nigeria, Russia and India to represent five continents and in total, eighty representatives came to introduce their countries to the students. She hates giving up and when she decides to do a certain thing she will not give up till it is successfully completed. She thinks that international exchange must not be just thought of but actually has to be done.

Presently, while teaching at Seikei Primary School she has her own English class as well. She makes her own curriculum and hopes the children learn English from their ears joyfully (syn.). She wishes that they learn to speak English so that in the future they can tour the world. For that sake she wants to make a school of her own in Musashino City. She also has a dream of making an orphanage in India.

She talks to and accompanies elderly people to Kichijoji. Mrs. Sanku always gives importance to relationships with others. In May she taught at the MIA’s international exchange club.

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