Since the day the Great East JapanEarthquake hit the Tohoku region on March 11th, 2011, Japan Platform(JPF) has been engaging in relief activities by extending funds to JPF member NPOS and other local non-member NPOs operating projects.
In 2013, two years after the calamity, under the direction of thecentral government, the affected towns and villages are currently working onlocal remodeling plan, including leveling of Tsunami-soaked land,infrastructure econstruction and official designation of residential areas outside of possible Tsunami coverage in future. While the speed of progress varies by areas, whether along the coastal line, in the mountains, or close tothe nuclear plant, and whether municipal government has sufficient manpower ornot, the speed of the recovery is generally slower than we expected: as of December 2012, only 44% of debris in afflicted area has been cleared; 27% of construction of public restoration housing has started; and 26% of bank and coastal counter-plan has been presented.
In order to rehabilitate the areas and the people, the next phasecalls for careful support programs based on individual needs of the victims which vary in areas, ages, family make-ups, occupations and health conditions. Moreover, local needs continuously change as time passes. In March 2013, JPF extended its project operation period from original three years (2010-2013) to five years (2010-2015). In the coming three years, JPF shall continue to carry out the project with four goals: 1) to fill the needs of the areas and the victims where public service cannot reach; 2) to strengthen the capacity of local NPOs; 3) to link and coordinate the stakeholders for synergy effects; and4) to construct disaster response architecture for future use.
Donation Recieved (March 11th, 2011March 31st, 2013):7,006,873,232yen (Fiscal Year 2012: 170,880,369yen)
Funded Released (March 11th, 2011 March 31st, 2013)
Member NPOs: 4,536,549,617yen (Fiscal Year 2012: 89,641,210yen 8 projects)
”Stand by Together” Fund: 699,260,250yen (Fiscal Year 2012: 324,337,583yen 118 projects)
JPF project: 269,019,908yen (Fiscal Year 2012:127,558,408yen)
Number of funded projects soted into 4 sectors.
1. Safetynet: such as emotional care (34 projects)
2. Livelihood/ Job Support : such as small-scale business (17 projects)
3. Community Development : such as local paper and seasonal events (55 projects)
4. Coordination Support : such as linking and coordinating local NPOs in the field (13 projects)
Since 3.11, two years has passed and with every contribution from GlobalGiving donors, Japan Platform has successfully implemented more than 200 projects in Tohoku area with the total expenditure of 69,103,185USD.
During these two years, Japan Platform has set up two field offices in Tohoku (Sendai, Miyagi and Tono, Iwate) and established “Stand by Together Fund” for various actors engaged in relief and rehabilitation of Tohoku. As a leading NGO consortium in the country, Japan Platform aims to effectively deliver grass-root assistance where public service cannot reach, and keep the victims in the center of the reconstruction process.
Considering the importance of self-reliance of civil society and the involvement of the local citizens for the long run of the reconstruction, our current focus in particular is on local civil organizations newly founded in the affected regions after the disaster: as well as providing financial support, we also provide advice for those local organizations to enhance their organizational capability and projects.
Having field offices is our strength for grasping needs on the ground and directly working with the municipal governments, local actors and citizens. Field-level operation involves participation in consultation on local rehabilitation plan, identifying local-level assistance needs and linking and coordinating various local actors to support the affected communities.
Japan Platform will continue to assist NGOs, various relief actors and people of Tohoku, to the next big step toward recovery of Tohoku from this unprecedented disaster.
We thank you, and continue asking for your continuous thoughts and supports for Japan Platform.
In Namie Town, Fukushima….
“Even though we scatter ”
“wanna see my grandchild” “wanna see the face of my daughter” “wanna have a cuppa with my neighbor, Yocchan” ”wanna do gardening”, “wanna have cows” “ wanna run my business” “wanna go fishing in Takase River” “wanna see sunrise at Ukedo port” “wanna see my classmates”…
These are the voices of the people of Namie Town, who had to scatter all over Japan due to the radioactive contamination. Even now the entire population of the town, over 20,000, is forced to live away from home.
The town locals founded “Machidukuri NPO Shinmachi Namie” and they have been holding social events for Namie locals in various locations such as Sapporo, Nagoya, and Hakata. Living apart from each other they felt as if the home town abandoned them. However, after sharing their concerns with other, they gained back smiles and encouraged to go on to the next step.
“To ‘connect’ person to person is the power of resilience and this is the task only achieved by the civil society. We will reflect the voices of the people to the reconstruction of the town in corporation with the Welfare Council, the Volunteer Center and NPOs. The director Mr. Kanakura said.
This is a story from “Machidukuri NPO Shinmachi Namie” funded by JPF 8th and 9th round of “Stand by Together Fund”
Last month, JPF held 6 “Stand by Together” Forum in Sendai (Miyagi) and Koriyama (Fukushima) on Feb.22, 27, 28 Mar. 7, 8. More than 70 NPO supported by “Stand by Together Fund” gathered together and shared their experiences, problems they have faced through their projects and discussed what will be their next step for reconstruction of Tohoku. There were lots to share and learn about each other.
Many participants commented that they hope for another forum for information exchange among the NPO and skill up workshops to empower their organization. Many commented that they are look forward for more opportunity like this again.
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