We built the Cosmos House, because it wasn't safe for the kids to play outside after the disaster. We run educational workshops, field trips, and community events at the center. The project has been a great success, as it assists the children to have fun in an environment that was not so much fun to live in. The Cosmos House assists parents from lower socio-economic backgrounds. It is run by volunteers, who were concerned about the children. We are very cost effective!
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Ishinomaki was severely devastated by the 3/11 tsunami and earthquake. The community further suffers from relative poverty, low economic outlooks, teenage pregnancy, single parent families, and an ongoing recovery effort. Young children that grew up in this environment have not been able to live a healthy lifestyle and also suffer from symptoms of PTSD. Many children are perfectly fine, but their parents suffer from PTSD and have difficulties caring for their children.
How will this project solve this problem?
We provide educational workshops, such as English classes, art workshops, and field trips. We let the kids play in a safe environment with adult supervision. The children are able to meet together with other kids of various ages. It allows them to both socialize and learn after school and during school vacations. The Cosmos House is a community center for children.
Potential Long Term Impact
The long-term effect of this project is that these children will have a better outlook on the future and past. The children will not remember growing up in a disaster zone and dwell on lost relatives, but rather they will remember the good times they had and friends they made at the Cosmos House. Furthermore, the parents will be able to get back to work, and they can worry less about where their children are playing.
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.