A year and half has passed since Japan’s tsunami and earthquake, but many people have still not been able to return home due to high radiation levels in Fukushima, the site of Japan’s nuclear meltdown following the natural disasters.
It remains crucial that Fukushima’s evacuees continue to receive the support they need to thrive in their “homes away from home.” That’s why International Medical Corps brings host and evacuee communities together to jointly engage in recovery efforts and community-building activities.
Our latest collaboration supports evacuee mothers as they return to work or seek employment. We recently opened a daycare center in Fukushima prefecture with our local partner, International Volunteer Center of Yamagata, and a group of evacuee-mothers. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment for evacuee children so that their mothers can focus on earning a living and supporting their families. It is the first local, full-time facility of its kind.
One evacuee mother said, "When I read the news of the opening of the child care center and realized that there were people ready to support us, I was so happy that I couldn't stop crying."
Imagine that kind of joy. Know the part you played in it. And make sure to check out these photos to see what you’ve helped build.
As always, thank you for your unwavering support!
P.S. Mark your calendars for Global Giving’s upcoming “Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign.” Every dollar you donate to our Japan projects between November 1 and 15 will be matched 100% by Global Giving—doubling the impact of your investment in Japan’s future. We’ll see you back on Global Giving then!
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Director, Resource Development