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Mrs. Moria is the 76 year old matriarch of a family displaced by the 2011 Tsunami.  Before March 11, 2011, three generations lived under one roof in a spacious home surrounded by a vegetable garden and rice fields.  Her children moved to Sendai to find work and she and her husband now survive on welfare and the moral support of the strong community in the temporary shelter.  Despite the fact that the tragedy took their home and subsequently their jobs, Mrs. Moria is persistently optimistic.   She walks around the school for her daily exercise and reflects that her family has become closer as they pick up the pieces of their lives.  Her greatest joy is to receive phone calls from her grandchildren, now in Sendai, who tell her that because of her they are “gambaru,” or they can “keep up” and she lightens when she says that now, at least, she doesn’t have to clean her house!   Because she loves to chat with her friends, she also takes joy in the Senninbari project, though she could take or leave sewing! 

Mrs Moriya
Mrs Moriya
Mrs Moriya

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