Seven students from the Oregon Islamic Academy in Tigard recently returned to Portland after a week touring Japan and helping in the tsunami recovery effort.
The five juniors and two seniors were part of the Flight of Friendship organized by Sho and Loen Dozono of Azumano Travel with the help of Mercy Corps and Peace Winds. The Dozonos helped pay the students' expenses.
It was the first time a group of Oregon Islamic Academy students had traveled internationally for humanitarian service, said Rania Ayoub of the Muslim Educational Trust. They visited Sendai, a coastal city severely damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, and Tokyo. The students helped distribute relief items, prepare temporary shelters and clean up wreckage. They visited mosques and a Buddhist temple.
Amirah Fattom, 16, of Beaverton said seeing the damage firsthand was profound. She and her team helped furnish temporary shelters with necessities, including plates, futons and sheets. (More)