Monthly Report vol.21
Review Civic Force’s Tohoku support activities
"I had been working in Tokyo, but returned to my hometown after the earthquake disaster. I must do something, when people from other regions are working so hard for my hometown." (A man in his 20’s who is participating in a community development project) [NPO Partner Project]
"I have a fear of trying something new, but above all, I feel an utmost sense of mission." (A man in his 40’s who started up a renewable energy business)[Mid- to Long-Term Reconstruction Support Project]
"There are unique ways of local revitalization which only young people can achieve." (A man who works on community development) [NPO Partner Project]
" The key to reconstruction is how much power we can bring in from the outside." (A man in his 30’s who is working strenuously on industry restoration) [NPO Partner Project]
"We can change clothes here and practice again! I hope that, someday, someone from this sea of rubble will become a world-class yachtsman." (A high school student who uses a trailer as a Yacht club room) [Multi-Purpose Mobile Bases Project]
" I stopped eating lunch out and make my own lunch now. I donate the money savedfrom this every day." [From “Just Giving,” a donation website]
"While some of the support projects are unilateral and intrusive, we really appreciate those people who participate in the reconstruction efforts while standing on the same level as us. (A municipal employee in his 40’s in a disaster area) [Mid- to Long-Term Reconstruction Support Project]
"People here are so strong and kind, even though they suffered from such a disaster. They said to me, “Please come back,” so I came back again." (A female student who repeatedly participates in community rebuilding tours in disaster areas) [NPO Partner Project]
"There was less rubble and the roads were paved nicely, compared to right after the earthquake. I could really feel the reconstruction in progress while I ran in Oshima." (A woman in her 30’s who ran in the “Kesennuma-Oshima Run Festa”)
"Strong private initiative is needed to make tourism a solid industry and a key factor in the reconstruction efforts. We would appreciate a little more help." (Head of the disaster-affected municipality) [Mid- to Long-Term Reconstruction Support Project]
"I almost lost the will to live many times, but I have somehow made it until now, thanks to interacting with all of you." (A man in his 30s in his greetings to employee volunteers) [Employee Volunteer Dispatch Project]
"If we can achieve certain results on prior investment for growth, we can use it as a model for community revitalization to energize the whole nation. [An adviser to the Tohoku Public Benefit Investment Fund]
"The large, 397-ton ferry provided a very precious space where citizens could relax." (President of a shipping company at the ceremony of returning a rented ferry) [Car Ferry Operation Project]
"Our mission is to offer quality support to meet the various needs of disaster victims in coordination with companies, local governments, and local communities, by placing importance on the viewpoint of each victim." [Civic Force]
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