Back to School Ibasho Bash

Signature Healthcare has created an amazing intergenerational program with our summer kid’s camps. As our camp came to end this summer, we wanted to do a fun and special activity with the campers, elders, and staff members. The program is beneficial for the children, elders, stakeholders, and the overall culture change of our communities.

This year at Westmoreland Care and Rehab we gave our elders and campers a unique opportunity to help people over 8,500 miles away from our hometown of Westmoreland, TN! The elders, campers, and staff members made tie dye shirts. We then sold the shirts for $5 dollars each. All money raised will be sent to the Philippines Ibasho Project! Detailed below is the description and purpose of the Ibasho Project. This was an incredible opportunity to teach our children and elders that they are able to help others all around the world!

Purpose of an Ibasho
With the simultaneous rise in the number of elders and in climate-related natural disasters, societies worldwide are facing two critical questions: How can we care for unprecedented numbers of elderly in our society? And how can we reduce the vulnerability of elderly populations affected by disasters and empower them to strengthen resilience? To create an effective response, we need both intelligent policy making and practical solutions emerging from citizen engagement.

Ibasho promotes the value of socially integrating elders and demonstrate the multi-generational social, economic, and environmental benefits of such a community in traditional, developing and modern societies.

Ibasho partners with local organizations and communities to design and create socially integrated and sustainable communities that value their elders. We create a place where elders find the opportunities to contribute to their community members of all ages

In April, 2014, five months after the typhoon Yolanda alit in the Philippines, Ibasho teams and HelpAge-COSE members visited five communities affected by the typhoon, including Barangay Bagong Buhay. The visitors helped assess the communities’ needs and exchanged ideas with local elders about how Ibasho can help elders to develop their livelihood projects that also benefit younger members of community.

Ibasho team chose Barangay Bagong Buhay as the site for an Ibasho project in October 2014 and organized a launching workshop with a group of local elders in January 2015. Since then, elders in Barangay Bagong Buhay have made tremendous progress, with the help of a local Ibasho coordinator, a minimal investment from, and a donation from the Japanese elders in Ibasho House in Ofunato, Japan. Their efforts have strengthened the social ties of elders in the community, and enhanced visibility of their effort and its positive impacts on making their community a better place by harnessing the elders’ skills and experience to help mend a community traumatized by a natural disaster. The group of elders is slowly changing the perception about the role of elders in the Barangay Bagong Buhay.

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