Two more tsunami orphans―including the first from Sri Lanka―enter Waseda!
Two orphans from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami disaster were among the students participating in Waseda University’s fall entrance ceremony, held September 21 at the school’s historic Okuma Auditorium. Mikial Maulita, from Indonesia, and P. H. Chandima Lakmali, from Sri Lanka, are currently studying in the university’s School of International Liberal Studies.
Chandima and Mikial both participated in international summer camps held by Ashinaga in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to promote exchange and friendship between orphans in Japan and those in other countries. They began to dream of one day studying in Japan, and dedicated themselves to their studies, eventually realizing their dream in spite of numerous barriers, including the challenge of having to learn English.
Mikial and Chandima currently live at Ashinaga Kokoro-juku, a residential facility located in Hino City, Tokyo, where they each share a four-person dormitory room with other Japanese university students. They represent the fifth and sixth students from overseas brought by Ashinaga to study in Japan; the first such student was Rita, who came to Japan from Uganda in 2006.