Miki Sawada- mother of two thousand children -<br />Mari Takada<br />
Granddaughter of Yataro Iwasaki, founder of Mitsubishi group<br />Founded “Elizabeth Thunder’s Home”<br />Housed and schooled racially mixed abandoned children<br />Cared for over 2,000 children<br />Later purchases land to establish a farm for the children for their independence<br />Home currently used as an orphanage for 100 children 2-18yrs.<br />Miki Sawada (1901-1980)<br />
After the Second World War, with American military servicemen residing in Japan, many unwanted pregnancies between American men and Japanese women were not uncommon<br />Due to societal prejudice, many racially mixed babies were abandoned in streets and rivers<br />An accusation of disposing a mixed baby <br />How she became a mother of 2,000<br />
Four-way Win<br />Community<br />Brings together friends from London, US for support<br />- many adopt her children<br />Self<br />Convert to Christianity<br />Vows to stay healthy so she can visit her children all around the world <br />Work<br />Saves more than 2000 children<br />Orphanage still used<br />Family<br />Husband and family supporting her – contributing their second home for her orphanage<br />Brings in all children as her own<br />
Connecting beliefs, people and material resources to achieve goal<br />Challenges obstacles and regards them as stepping stones for happiness<br />From her life lessons..<br />“True happiness comes in disguise. Happiness that is easily seen will fade away. Happiness that is revealed from its disguise will stay with that person forever.”<br />
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