Relief & Re-establishment activities for those affected by the Tohoku Pacific Area Earthquake
Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City and nearby villages
Activities during June, July & August 2011
[Distribution of daily goods to temporary shelters]
Almost 7,000 temporary shelters have now been built for local residents who lost their homes in the Tsunami. JEN support this activity by distributing around 50 items, including bedding, clothing, kitchenware, hygiene materials etc. to each temporary home.
As local residents move to transitional shelters or where they prefer and it is possible, back to the upper floors of their partially destroyed homes, the soup kitchens have become required less and JEN closed their Ishinomaki soup kitchen in July. To ensure that people can still gather for social activities and to help promote a community environment, 3 Community Spaces have been established. JEN has initiated some activities and seeks community input for ideas and organization going forward. Activities which JEN have organized to date, include, tea parties, yoga, massages, iPad sessions and a homework group. Volunteers assist with these activities giving their time and sometimes their expertise to support the delivery of a successful session.
JEN is planning to open more than 10 community spaces by the end of this year as part of their unique psycho-social care assistance.
[Mud busters continue]
JEN continues to coordinate volunteer activities in wider community, cleaning houses, streams and ditches, of debris and sludge. To date around 200 homes have been cleaned and many ditches cleared with almost 3000 JEN volunteers. A professional contractor volunteered his natural enzyme product and time to spray areas after sludge removal to help prevent the build-up of flies and mosquitos.
Some volunteers travel to the area for the day, or a few days, whilst others may stay longer, or return for more than one visit – coming from all over Japan as well as travelling from far away countries such as England, to lend their support. Everyone’s assistance is appreciated, “Thank you from the people of Ishinomaki and from JEN”, and volunteers are still very much needed …. please.
JEN has engaged with the wider community to understand that a need for assistance is required for some of the smaller fishing village areas, to support them in re-establishing their livelihoods. Volunteers have consequently been performing activities such as assistance with Oyster farming, fish-cake factory restoration, fishing net preparations and of course with ditch cleaning.
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