By ILIESA TORA
KUMAMOTO, Japan â€“ October 26, 2019: 8pm (Nukuâ€™alofa Times): She now lives a content life helping people who need her service.
Former nurse Hiromi Nakamura, 72, has turned fulltime volunteer worker with the Kumamoto City-based organisation Yukyu No Kai.
After having survived the double earthquakes that hit Kumamoto in 2016 she says helping others to recover is what she loves doing now.
â€œI love this volunteer job, to be able to help others recover and return to normal life,â€ she told the Nukuâ€™alofa Times this morning at the temporary housing village she was serving in.
â€œI was a victim also with my husband when our house was partly damaged by the earthquakes in Kumamoto City,â€ she said.
â€œWe moved here (temporary housing village) and stayed here for 18 months until our house was repaired. Now I am a volunteer and I come to help the residents here and help them also to return to their homes.â€
She visits the temporary housing village almost every day during the week and helps residents with their housework if needed.
â€œSince I am a nurse I also help them with their health,â€ she said.â€œAnd when they move to their new places I come here to help them pack and move as well.â€
This morning she was awake at 6am to help prepare meals at the temporary housing village community center, where members of their volunteer group were hosting breakfast for residents.
â€œI came here early with other volunteers and started preparing the breakfast because we are hosting this event,â€ she said.
â€œWe are very happy to have you and all your friends as well.â€
Mrs Nakamura and her husband have a daughter and two grandchildren who live in Yokohama.
She said being involved with volunteer work is exciting â€œbecause I am able to meet a lot of people and help them.â€
Her secret to long life is â€œeat a lot of vegetables, drink a lot of water and health juice, take a lot of warm baths and do your exercise.â€
Her group hosted for breakfast the members of the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation (APIC) Japan Journalism Fellowship this morning.
- Iliesa Tora is a member of the APIC Japan Media Fellowship in Kumamoto this week.