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|Name of Organization||Non Profit Organization WELgee|
|Establishment||6th of Feburary 2018|
Digisearch and Advertising.inc 「COEBI」, Ebisu , Yebisu Garden Place Tower, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-6027, Japan
Representitive Watanabe Kankolongo Sayaka
Board Menber Saki Watanabe
|staff||Full-time staff 6 people Part-time staff 4 people|
Watanabe Kankolongo Sayaka
In 2016, WELgee started its activity when we encountered “Refugees” in Tokyo, who are our good friends.
We aim to make a society that has the capacity of welcoming refugees.
As you can assume, WELgee is the word we made up by combining “welcome” and “refugee.”
We started our activity by encouraging “Refugees” to be exposed to Japanese society as individuals. Many people who shared the same vision became our friends and supporters, which is the foundation of WELgee.
Refugees are people who have studied and worked in their home countries. Some of them will be the future builders of their society. However, they are forced to leave their home countries and happen to arrive to Japan by coincidence.
I am a fan of people who look into the future, who have overcome the difficult situation and background of being a refugee. Even though they are the same generation as myself, they have come to Japan with any alternative. But still, they have a strong will to create a future of their desire.
They have touched my soul with their courage and dreams, and I am one of the Japanese who strongly desire to accomplish something together with them. I would like to create a society that will allow these young people to regain hope and make choices for their future. I am confident that with them, we will be able to make a colorful world.
I'd like yuo to ask one thing.
Why don't we create the society where anyone can make a progress regardless of their nationalies?