ESTHER [ Administrative Support ]
One of my favorite things about Nozomi is the laughter that happens at work. Be it some practical joke, interesting story, or silly goof, the women are always ready to laugh. It makes me feel at home and part of the family.
Before moving to Ishinomaki, I had never even heard of Nozomi Project, much less imagined I would be a part of it. Today, I find myself looking forward to the hours I get to spend each week working with women who give so much in spite of having lost so much. They remind me that there is always hope.
When I’m not crunching numbers or helping with different tasks at Nozomi Project, I stay busy helping with the English schooling needs of the kids on our team as well as other office work.
If I’m not doing any of the above, you can usually find me wandering mountain trails or getting my hands dirty in my garden. Flowers are my love language!
TODD [ Photographer ]
I first learned about Nozomi Project in college when I came as a summer intern with Be One. I was able to see a lot of what is happening in Japan and God put a strong desire on my heart to return. Since graduating last May, I have followed that calling and moved my life from a small town in Northeastern Kentucky to a small town in Northeastern Japan.
I’m always looking forward to time spent with the Nozomi ladies. Hearing outbursts of laughter fill the hallways, giggling over my language blunders, seeing looks of accomplishment after finishing a product… it's not hard to see why this place was named “Nozomi”—hope. In the midst of brokenness, there is Hope of something greater and more beautiful. My wish is that this message of Hope is visible in the products of Nozomi Project.
When I'm not taking/editing promotional photos for Nozomi Project, I work as a part-time English teacher in Onagawa. As for my hobbies, you can catch me most mornings riding my bike around the town and climbing any staircase I set my eyes on!