Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund

 
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Women volunteering at OISCA
Women volunteering at OISCA's project in Miyagi

In the last report, we shared with you a new exciting group of grantees from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.  Let us share what the new partners have been up to today!

Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ)

 We awarded Friends of El Sistema Japan (FESJ), an organization that provides musical education and opportunities for students in Fukushima, $100,000.  With those funds, FESJ invited instructors from Venezuela and inspired students like Marina.  Marina joined a summer orchestra class, and by the end, she led a 90-person orchestra as a violinist.  

Here is Marina's comment after the concert; "I've never had this kind of learning opportunity. Teachers from Venezuela were so helpful to making me understand how to solve the problems which I had encountered. I really feel I am better at playing violin than ever before. Well, I am surely different from what I used to be and I am now proud of myself…” For more updates from FESJ, click here to learn more!

On the Road

We awarded On the Road $100,000 to build a “Long Beach House” in Ishinomaki.  On the Road started to build a space for the community members to bond, and many commercial space including a guesthouse, where tourists and volunteers from outside the prefecture can stay cheaply.  We hope this facility will energize the local community!  For more updates from On the Road, learn from here.

OISCA International

Finally, we awarded OISCA International $150,000 for a reforestation project in Natori City located in Miyagi Prefecture. When tsunami hit, 100 hectares of forest was lost - but with the help from the local community and the government, OISCA International is restoring the damaged area in the next ten years.  They have recently received a new 4WD from their corporate partner that allows the team to make trips to the field more frequently.  We hope this will boost their activities to plant the black pine seedlings.  For more updates from OISCA International, learn from here.

We at GlobalGiving really appreciate your long-term interest in the recovery efforts in Japan.  We have awarded grants to 19 organizations to date, and we are supporting many more through fundraising activities on GlobalGiving.  Your contribution to this fund is making all this possible.  Thank you very, very much!



A future violinist at FESJ!
A future violinist at FESJ!
On the Road is going to build
On the Road is going to build 'Long Beach House'

More than two years have passed since a 7.2 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, and you have helped raise over $10 million through GlobalGiving to support more than 25 organizations working directly in Miyagi, Iwate, and more recently, Fukishima. 

In March 2013 I returned to Japan with GlobalGiving’s president and co-founder, Mari Kuraishi, to visit the rebuilding efforts that your funds have supported. Two years after 3.11, much has changed. Where a year ago lights were dimmed even in Tokyo and everyone talked obsessively about how to be ready for the next big one in the national public media, now a sense of normalcy has returned to places like Tokyo not directly affected by the disaster. Even in Tohoku, the piles of debris that had covered the landscape just a year before were gone, and in their place were empty fields.

But a lot of things, especially in the depleted and torn up coastal communities are not back to normal, and there is no question that whatever emerges for the Tohoku area, it will have to be a new normal. For one, the question of economic viability—already sharp for the Tohoku communities that even before the tsunami had been aging more quickly than the rest of the country—has become truly acute. This is still no resolution on the very basic question of where people will live—will they be allowed to rebuild on the pieces of land they own so close to the flooding areas?—and people’s main assets are locked up in limbo, stifling bottom-up economic recovery. What this means on a day-to-day basis is that many families are still living in cramped temporary shelters. There is as yet no timeline for people to move into more permanent homes. In Fukushima, the problem is compounded by the fact that people have to decide whether they want to move back to their homes near the nuclear power plant explosion or abandon everything they own.

In this context, we have ended up supporting a two pronged approach in our final grantmaking for the recovery efforts in Tohoku. One, we have found a couple of promising projects working on finding viable alternative economic activities in Miyagi, and would very much like to see them succeed. Two, we have continued to provide ease for the elderly, the young, and the disabled who cannot leave or build out new ventures, in the hope that the communities will be revitalized over time to take care of them all.  A list of our most recent grants are at the bottom of this letter.  We hope you’ll watch over their evolution and champion their progress.

We’re looking forward to updating you on the progress of these newest grants in the coming months. 

Thank you again,
Britt

P.S. The Japanese Red Cross Society recently put out a list of the top countries that donated to the relief effort here.  According to this study, if GlobalGiving were a separate country, we would be the fourth largest donor.  Thanks for your generosity!

New fishing sheds from Peace Winds Japan
New fishing sheds from Peace Winds Japan
Cherry blossoms will bloom again in Fukushima
Cherry blossoms will bloom again in Fukushima

This is a personal message from Mari Kuraishi, President and Co-Founder of GlobalGiving.

To the generous donors of GlobalGiving's Japan Relief Fund,

This coming March 11th will mark the two-year anniversary of the Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan.   A year ago, Britt and I visited our partners' project sites.  While we were happy to see that the projects were making remarkable progress, we were also overwhelmed by the sight of the damage that the earthquake and tsunami brought to Tohoku.

Japan still has a long way to recover, and our partners on the ground are working hard to help rebuild the communities affected by the disaster.  With your donations, children in Fukushima can go to summer camps and play outside without worrying about radiation.  We supported our partner who ran special career sessions for junior high school students in Tohoku, so that they will continue to be motivated about their future.  We sent young entrepreneurs like Naoko to Tohoku so that they can start businesses to revitalize local economic growth.  I believe that the youth that you have helped through our fund will become  the next generation of leaders.  

I personally would like to thank you for supporting the recovery effort.  I am touched how you continuously contributed to the fund throughout these past two years.  Today, I'd like to ask you to consider giving again.  To honor the two-year anniversary, GlobalGiving is running a special matching campaign for projects that are working in Tohoku.  We are matching your donations 100% from March 1st to the 15th, and on March 11th, we are matching the donations 200%.   

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I appreciate you standing with us for supporting the Japanese people.  On this day, I hope that you will join me reflecting on the loss the people have gone through and the ongoing recovery efforts.

Warmly,
Mari

Volunteers painting Community Center
Volunteers painting Community Center
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your support!

Dear GlobalGiving donors,

First of all, we are happy to announce that the matching campaign for Tohoku relief-related projects in November was a great success!  20 organizations raised more than $70,000. We thank you again for your generous contributions!  We are planning on holding a similar campaign in March, and we will keep you updated as we confirm the specifics.
Today, we would like to share the achievements that one of our partners, AAR Japan, has made with your donations. AAR Japan received $500,000 from Tsunami Relief Fund for their activities in Tohoku.  Here are the highlights:
  • Reconstructing workshop facilities so that displaced people with disabilities could start earning income again -  In the first half of the project period, AAR Japan rebuilt the lighting system for Keyaki Workshop, an employment supporting center for persons with disabilities, which provide working opportunities for 112 persons with disabilities.  Their works include food delivery to the elders, making and delivery of lunchboxes.  
  • Organizing community events at the temporary housing complexes in Fukushima - AAR Japan have been organizing community gatherings events and overnight field trips for elementary school.  Since July,about 560 people participated in the events.
  • Providing radiation detectors so that people can check radiation levels of food they are consuming - As soon as the dosimeters arrive to the venue, AAR Japan plans on distributing the equipment to workshops that produce organic vegetables.
  • Building playgrounds in temporary housing units - AAR Japan installed equipments for playgrounds located in temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture since September.  They are now used by 640 children in Fukushima, and because of the equipments, they are exercising a lot more!
  • Providing bottle water to nurseries and kindergartens - There is a high demand from nurseris and kindergartens for safe drinking water in Fukushima.  AAR Japan has been providing safe bottled water for 4 kindergartens and children in temporary housing.
 
Thank you for your wonderful support!  These achievements were not possible without your contributions!
Workers from Keyaki Workshop
Workers from Keyaki Workshop
Children having fun at an overnight camp
Children having fun at an overnight camp
This equipment was built with YOUR contributions!
This equipment was built with YOUR contributions!
Playing with the new swing
Playing with the new swing
Safe water for the kids
Safe water for the kids
Daycare Center - International Medical Corps
Daycare Center - International Medical Corps

Dear GlobalGivers,

We are very excited to announce that starting today, November 1, we're matching your donations dollar-for-dollar toward qualified projects that focus on  long-term recovery in Japan.  

We work with 20 organizations that are helping Japanese people recover from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.  For example, ETIC helped Naoko rebuild a shopping area that had been destroyed. The new shopping area is now revitalizing the local economy.  In Minamisanriku-cho, Architecture for Humanity is about to finish up rebuilding a workplace for fishermen in the tsunami-stricken area.  You can read more updates directly from the field here.  Your donations have made it possible for our partners to restore the communities.  Thank you!

Although our partners have made great strides toward long-term recovery, there is still so much more to be done.  We invite you to take advantage of this great opportunity to double the impact of your donations toward these important projects. 
Thank you again for your support,
Mari Seto and the GlobalGiving Team
New Shopping Street - ETIC
New Shopping Street - ETIC
Naoko, a Fellow from ETIC - ETIC
Naoko, a Fellow from ETIC - ETIC
A Community Coming Back to Life - DSIA
A Community Coming Back to Life - DSIA

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Britt Lake

Washington, DC United States

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