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History

History

The Board of Christian Child Welfare

The beginning of Bott Memorial Home can be trace back to the Bott Memorial Center which was founded April 1956 by Christian Children Fund, United States (CCF). In response to the wishes of Dr. Bott that moving to a better healthy environment for the children of the predecessor of the facility gthe childcare Team AIRIN Childcareg , the new building was built and moved at Nakamachi Tamagawa Setagaya in April 1956. The childcare team in AIRIN was terminated on May 30, 1957. The Board of Christian Child Welfare set up an orphanage gBott Memorial Homeh by the Child Welfare Act.

 The CCF is a movement of Christian Child's Fund, which was founded in 1938 by Dr. K. Clark, whose activities in the world as a community of love to work devotedly for children suffering from war and happiness of the world's children and it is still an active organization that spread in the world.

 After World War II, Larafs supplies had been allocated by Dr. Bott in order to rescue the people who were suffering in our country. In addition, through Dr. Mills, tremendous support of CCF in the United States to Japan also was provided.  

 The activities(now by Child Fund Japan) were inherited to Christian Child Welfare Association, later it was not only economic assistance to the children of a child welfare institution facility. By the request by CCF of the United States to challenge improving the quality of Japanese officials working in the Bott Memorial Center, a training facility to hold seminars was formed as experimental model.

 The mission of Christian Child Welfare Association at that time was to operate Bott Memorial Home Center as an experimental model of the facility and Bott Memorial Home Training School (now Clarke Gakuen ? Izumi Junior Collage) as a division of training facility for incumbent staff member of CCF. Those two facilities run together like two wheels of car running in the net work.

 There was a financial critical period caused by voluntary conveyance of property of Christian Child Welfare Association due to the establishment of corporate school ? Clarke Gauken, independent segregation from CCF USA, began operations CCWA, transfer entire operation to Machida Management ? Christian Child Welfare Association and independent of Japan Christian Child Fund, and independent of AIRIN GAKUEN in Okinawa and HEIAN AIJIEN in Kumamoto which were under direct operation now.  .

We still continuously work with them after the flow of an incorporated NPO Child Fund Japan separated independently from Christian Child Welfare Association.

 The current operating of Christian Child Welfare Association - Bott Memorial Home is consisted of orphanage (hosting children at cottage homes and group homes, in neighborhood), Regional small type orphanage and Short Stay Children Home gMargaritah. The operations have been expanding in figures meeting necessity of social environment. We believe it is our mission to continue the works in heritance of the legacy from CCF and into the future.

Dr.George Ernest Bott

George Ernest Bott
i1892-1952j

-Since His a@to be Missionary-

Dr. George Ernest Bott was born on November 23, 1892 as the eldest son of John C. Bott as father and Carolyn as mother at Blackwater, Ontario, Canada..

His parents were devout Christians, and he was hoping to work in the field of social welfare in the future.

He enrolled in Victoria Seminary of University of Toronto, majoring in Theology.

 The First World War broke out in 1914 and Canada entered the war as well.  He went to the war as volunteer. He told about his feeling of that time. gMy decision making to be a volunteer was, instead of hatred against Germany, nor due to a temporary passion. The protracted war produced the miserable life to masses that lost their houses and loved ones regardless of their nationality. I wanted to see details of the relief work that had been waged in Europe and I wanted to touch on the reality of the war which we would be able to retrieve in the future relief worksh

 After the war, Dr. Bott went back to Canada and returned to graduate school. He started to prepare for his mission which was to be a missionary preacher of Christianity to Asia, especially to Japan after graduation.


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Mr.Bott graduated from Victoria Seminary, University of Toronto in May 1921 and married Eleanor Ed-Clarke . They departed for Japan In August. He was assigned to Yamanashi in 1923. But in the same year the Great Kanto Earthquake occurred in September 1923 affected Eastern operations of Tokyo United Church of Canada. Dr. Bott was called to be responsible for its reconstruction. United Church of Canada was the Center of the settlement movement with AIRIN DAN, KYOREIKAN and AISHINKAN (later become KYOAIKAN).

It was said about the practice of Dr. Bott at the time. "Dr. Bottfs practice on social welfare was associated with social welfare and Christianity.  It is not charitable conscience as gThose who were blessed, but those who are less fortunate, to the poor unhappy" rather than that he was a person who know the Japanese, believe them, and loved them  He was the person who committed himself as offering and served with everything what he had for the purpose. Christianity gDiakoniah means "for the sake of othersh.  There is no doubt that It had become a practice of the Bottfs Christian faith, sharing the hope and hope with neighbor, worked silently for Japanese as neighbors rather than communicating through words.  Not as a place of direct "evangelism", he was engaged in the practice of social welfare as a testament of faith.

-kARA goods and Social Welfare - Bridge of Love -

World War II began and Dr. Bott returned to Canada in 1942.  He prayed for Japan and Dr. Bott began to prepare for the reconstruction of post-war Japan.

When the war ended on August 15, 1945, Field Marshal Douglas MacArthur , Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers began the occupation policy. The Japanese government requested the General Headquarters of the Allied Powers (GHQ) for assistance to Japanese by the United States and some other countries. Their request for assistance to Japan was also reported to Dr. Bott .based in Canada. The Church of Christ in the United States and Canada beyond the sect organized the Committee "Asia Relief Church." @Dr. Bott was appointed as representative of the United Church of Canada on the Japanese efforts. On April 15, 1946, Dr. Bott arrived at the Port of Yokohama as the first civilian to set foot in Japan after the war.

The purposes of the visit to Japan of Dr. Bo were 1) relief of the Japanese people stricken to plight of war , 2) Reconstruction of Church of Christ in Japan and related social welfare institutionsC3) Reconstruction of Christian school and social welfare facilities in cooperated with the United Church of Canada .

In June 1946, "Overseas Operation Volunteers Party - America Council" set up a special committee to@ carry out relief operations in Japan and Korea. A official relief organization, gLicensed Agencies for Relief in Asiahik`q`jwas born and called LARA. There were benefits to 14 million people which was equivalent to one-sixth of the Japanese population at the time beginning in 1946, until it ended in March 1952. The total amount of goods could reach about 40 billion yen, 20% of them were donation from the Japanese American. The main destination of distribution had been allocated to Institute infants most in need, orphanages, tuberculosis /Hansen's disease sanatoriums, home for elderly and other needy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. For the distribution of LARAfs relief goods, Dr. Bott riding his favorite Harley-Devidson was trotting in Japan.

However, he was called to heaven at the age of 59 by a cerebral hemorrhage on March 5, 1952 because of overwork. Now Dr. Bott is buried in the United Church of .Pinedale in Canada.

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