Words from Chairman of the Board

Chairman of the Board   Michitada Miyazaki

I wonder if those visiting our home recognize what is written on the cornerstone of the main building?
It says “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.” This is a quotation from the letter to the Romans in the New Testament of the Bible. It was written by Paul to Roman people some 2000 years ago when Christianity was not yet a prevailing faith as it is today.
But it appears to become one of today’s most frequently quoted verses in the founding philosophies for Christian-based social welfare corporations. That is because this very citation of the Bible teaches us in the strongest possible way the importance of walking side by side with the precious lives given by God. It shows us how to become more than just compassionate but inspired by the true love of Jesus Christ and to draw close to people when trying to help them.
ESH was no exception when it launched its endeavor 70 years or so ago by Miki Sawada and adopted its founding philosophy. The love of Jesus Christ was and continues to be the beacon of our home. In such chaotic circumstances immediately after the end of WWII, it would have been impossible to run an orphanage for mixed-blood orphans on the verge of death, had it not been for Miki Sawada’s firm resolution and profound faith. Like the Samaritan in the Bible who couldn’t pass by an injured traveler and nursed this stranger selflessly, she could not turn a blind eye to those children orphaned by the war and took some 2000 kids under her wing and raised them with enduring love.
At present, the children living in our home are brought in for a variety of reasons; the reasons caused not by children themselves but the adults around them. Once taken in the home, however, they can feel protected and looked after by the loving caregivers who are always by their side and help them grow even in the very difficult stages of their infancy and adolescence. ESH caregivers always take to heart the noble mission of our founder Miki Sawada, the great legacy of home’s founding spirit, when they help children.
They feel sad by their side when children weep, and they feel joy together when children rejoice. I have seen the children grow in the environment filled with such unrelenting love to become more open-minded and resilient persons way beyond my expectations.
I, therefore, believe that we should always ask for guidance in Miki Sawada’s principles and act accordingly, for her philosophy offers us the model code of conduct at all times.

Social Welfare Corporation Elizabeth Saunders Home
Chairman of the Board Michitada Miyazaki

Outline of Operations

From Oiso Train Station, a view of whole ESH (commonly called "Iwasaki Hill")

Objectives and Services


Based on the Christian values taught by Nippon Sei Ko Kai (Anglican/Episcopal Church in Japan), we aim to help those in need of assistance to grow to be a healthy person both physically and mentally by performing the following welfare and public services.

  • To operate a children’s home “Elizabeth Saunders Home”
  • To operate a certified center for early childhood education and care “Aobato”
  • To operate a public utility “Miki Sawada Memorial Museum” (where the relics of Kakure-Kirisitan [hidden Christians] are displayed and open to public.)

Chart of Organization

Foundation Date


Feb. 1, 1948 Elizabeth Saunders Home as an infant home was established.

Site Area


30,460.77m2(owned by ESH)