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October 04, 2006

Thomas Kantha: Doing Good for Others

Thomas Kantha, an English teacher in Osaka, repairs old wheelchairs destined for the garbage heap here in Japan, and sends them to countries where they're needed. He's been living in Japan since 1984, and has been repairing wheelchairs since 1994. Four times per year, he ships a 20-foot container loaded with wheelchairs and other goods to South Africa, as well as other countries.

What started as late-night rummaging around garbage piles the night before collection has become more of a community event: neighbors and other residents of the town he lives in often help him. He pays for shipping costs of goods he sends out of his own pocket, using money gained from the sales of poetry books he has authored, as well as fees from lectures his gives around the Kansai area.

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