Sep 14, 2021

Helping the Survivors to Strengthen Immunity!

Drying the clothes dyed by indigo
Drying the clothes dyed by indigo

    We hope that that this finds you well and healthy in this very challenging time when every single one of us in the world is being challenged with many difficulties in lives due to the impact of corona crisis. 

    Since Oct 2019, JISP has been supporting the communities of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture (located in North-Eestern part of Japan), which was severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms to have hit the area in several decades. Like everywhere else in the world, the survivors's day-to-day life is being severely affected by the emergence of COVID-19 since early last year. 

    As a humanitarian organization, finding the right way to support the disaster survivors in the right way has been a challenge to JISP. Ultimately, we believe that it is our own immunity that can keep us strong, both physically and spiritually, allowing us to live our lives to the fullest. So, whist taking the best possible measures against virus spread, we continue to provide opportunities to the survivors to socialize, exercise, strengthen community support network. 

    As reported in our previous activity report, we have recently introduced  "Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise (Iki 100")" which was developed by a Physical Therapist in Kochi Prefecture of Japan, to prevent elderly people to live a healthy and lively life without a need of receiving nusing care (please refer to the previous report for more details). Despite our initial concern that attracting elderly people to gather in one place and exercise together in the current circumstances could be a great challenge, we now have over 20 regular participants who are experiencing positive changes in their physical and mental health! 

    We also try to provide the survivors with opportunities to enjoy traditional and cultural events. One of the community events was held on the 13th September, on which an indigo dying experience event was held for the community residents. The indigo was grown by the survivors themselves in the agricultural land near the temporary housing complex. Blessed with a summer-like sunlight and fresh autumn breeze, the participants enjoyed an opportunty to gather in small groups, and deepen the unity of the community! 

We would like to thank you for taking interest and reading our report, and for your continued support. 

 

JISP Team

A scene from Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise
A scene from Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise
A scene from indigo dying event
A scene from indigo dying event
May 7, 2021

Helping build up immunity through exercising!

A scene from Iki-100 activity @ Dotesaki Community
A scene from Iki-100 activity @ Dotesaki Community

    Spring time is almost here and flowers are blossoming, however, Miyagi Prefecture, in which our project site Ohsato town is situated, has been under a state of emergency due to concerns of wider virus spread since end of March 2021. In addition to the various challenges that the survivors are already facing in their recovery process such as building, rehabilitating or relocating to a new home, emergence of COVID-19 since last year has been severely affecting their day-to-day life. 

     Elderly people are the most vulnerable, since they have become reluctant to go outside or socialise with each other, and this has lead to many issues related to physical and mental health, such as depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, sleeplessness, worseing of dimentia. developmemnt of new diseases and weakened physical strength. JISP believes that the best way to stay healthy is to build up our immune system through exercising, so we decided to start up a new activity to improve physical and mental health, especially of elderly people! 

     "Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise (Iki 100")" was developed by a Physical Therapist in Kochi Prefecture of Japan, to prevent elderly people to live a healthy and lively life without a need of receiving nusing care. It's a set of very simple muscle exercise using light weights that can be wrapped around the wrists and ankles, and it can be safely performed by following the intstuctions which will be provided by Physiclal Therapist during the first 4 weeks. Once the particiapnts have gained confidence, they can perform it together as a social & health activity! What's attractive about this exercise is that the participants can confirm improvement of their physical strength through quarterly check-ups by a Pysical Therapists. 

      We've just started up the activity in April, and we are very happy to see that the participants are enjoying the Iki 100 which is completely new to them! We look forward to more and more participation from our beneficiary communities. 

     We would like to thank you for taking interest and reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support. 

JISP Team

Initial health check-up of a participant
Initial health check-up of a participant
Working on led muscle!
Working on led muscle!
Apr 14, 2021

Helping build up immunity through exercising!

A scene from Iki 100 activity @ temporary housing
A scene from Iki 100 activity @ temporary housing

 

      Spring time is almost here and flowers are blossoming, however, Miyagi Prefecture, in which our project site Ohsato town is situated, has been under a state of emergency due to concerns of wider virus spread since end of March 2021. In addition to the various challenges that the survivors are already facing in their recovery process such as building, rehabilitating or relocating to a new home, emergence of COVID-19 since last year has been severely affecting their day-to-day life. 

     Elderly people are the most vulnerable, since they have become reluctant to go outside or socialise with each other, and this has lead to many issues related to physical and mental health, such as depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, sleeplessness, worseing of dimentia. developmemnt of new diseases and weakened physical strength. JISP believes that the best way to stay healthy is to build up our immune system through exercising, so we decided to start up a new activity to improve physical and mental health, especially of elderly people! 

     "Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise (Iki 100")" was developed by a Physical Therapist in Kochi Prefecture of Japan, to prevent elderly people to live a healthy and lively life without a need of receiving nusing care. It's a set of very simple muscle exercise using light weights that can be wrapped around the wrists and ankles, and it can be safely performed by following the intstuctions which will be provided by Physiclal Therapist during the first 4 weeks. Once the particiapnts have gained confidence, they can perform it together as a social & health activity! What's attractive about this exercise is that the participants can confirm improvement of their physical strength through quarterly check-ups by a Pysical Therapists. 

      We've just started up the activity in April, and we are very happy to see that the participants are enjoying the Iki 100 which is completely new to them! We look forward to more and more participation from our beneficiary communities. 

     We would like to thank you for taking interest and reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support. 

JISP Team

A scene from Iki 100 activity @ Dotesaki Community
A scene from Iki 100 activity @ Dotesaki Community
Initial health check-up of a participant
Initial health check-up of a participant
Working on led muscle!
Working on led muscle!
 
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