We were so thankful for the chance at Nozomi to meet the parents of Taylor Anderson and to honor her memory! Visiting for just a few days from their home on the east coast of the United States, Andy and Jean were able to come by and meet some of our Nozomi team members.
Taylor is a local Ishinomaki hero. She was serving as an English teacher for elementary school children in this region when the 2011 earthquake hit. She made sure to get all of the children in her care to safety, and then began to bike home when the tsunami came and took her life. She was greatly loved by our city and her loss has affected many on both sides of the ocean. Her family and friends have created an NPO so her legacy can continue (read more here), and we are pleased to honor her life with the naming of our latest Nozomi necklace.
We loved it that Jean picked out one of our new Taylor necklaces - it looks great on her! We also were able to make a donation from Nozomi Project to help the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund continue to purchase books for children in schools across this region.
During their visit, several of our Nozomi staff were able to share their memories of Taylor and her legacy. We loved it when our teammate E. shared that her two daughters had had Taylor as their teacher in 2010-2011, and how fondly they had spoken of their English teacher. Others shared how their children have benefited from the Taylor fund that has helped give wonderful new variety to their school libraries.
We are so thankful for this partnership, and hope it's a chance to further the memory and legacy of a remarkable young woman.