(We received another letter from a member
of our volunteer staff Ms. Sakurai. Ms.
Sakurai is currently living in the Marshall
Islands and working as a member of the Japan
Overseas Cooperation Volunteers.)
Long time, no speak. How have you and all
the volunteer staff been?
I have been doing really well.
It’s already been 6 months since I arrived here, the time really does go
Last week I went to a training seminar for
diabetes at Ebeye Hospital.
To get to the small island of Ebeye you need
to fly from the capital Majuro for about 1
hour to Kwajalein Atoll and then take a 10
minute boat ride.
The island itself is overcrowded, filled
with huts and shacks and it felt like a
There are children everywhere and because of
the lack of cars on the road, the streets
were alive even at night with children
paying tag etc.
Throughout the seminar I had the opportunity
to give 2 presentations.
I was quite nervous but it was a good
experience for me.
I feel that diabetes really is a serious
problem over here.
Yesterday we saw a female patient whose skin
on her right foot had was rotting; it was so
raw and distressing to look at.
In Japan I’m sure the doctors would have
done something like control the diabetes
with medicine before it got to this stage…
There are times when I do feel lost or
confused but I’m happy that I could
participate in this program and make it this
I’ll write again soon.