My father was an occupation baby born out of the aftermath of WWII. No one knows how many occupation babies have been born from all the wars waged around the world and in starting such wars in the attempts of preventing larger ones but the estimates are high. We do know though that many of the children born out of this complex situation have a difficult time coming to terms with the conditions of how they were conceived and therefore wrestling with their own identity and self-worth. Many grow up with a mixture of confusion, anger and frustration towards the fathers they do not know, towards the country that the fathers came from, towards war, towards their mothers, towards all others who call them hurtful names.
Eiko Mitsutomi stepped in and loved many children who were born into this situation and she became a mother to many of them. It is because of Eiko that I am able to know my own father`s story and the stories of so many of the other children who he grew up with in the orphanage with him.
Through Eiko`s Home we are dedicated to supporting children in post war occupied areas during and after the occupation ends. Rather than allow barriers of anger and hatred to gradually appear out of an extremely complex situation that often breeds shame, we want to help these children and their communities build bridges as they build their identity. We want to be someone these children can ask the tough questions to and a place that a community can come to for counseling and support during and after an occupation ends.
We seek to partner with the U.S. military to better educate everyone within the military about the social responsibility they have within their positions while living in foreign communities, to talk about the consequences and repercussions that can spring from certain behaviors and actions. We also seek to work with the military to engage in social volunteers opportunities with the people of the community they find themselves in to support local orphanages.
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