Dec 28, 2020

Supporting Survivors Health During COVID-19 Crisis

A scene from Christmas event
A scene from Christmas event

We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. As the year 2020 approaches its' end, we are pleased to be in touch with you, and provide recent update of our on-going activities to support the Typhoon Hagibis survivors. 

Since Oct 2019, JISP has been supporting the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts on supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture, in North-Eestern part of Japan. Like anywhere else in the world, the survivors's day-to-day life is being severely affected by the emergence of COVID-19 since around Feb this year, and the pandemic is posing great challenges to their recovery process. 

       One of the greatest challenges that the pandemic has brought to the target community, especially to the elderly people, is isolation from society. Many survivors have become reluctant to go outside, and this has lead to many challenges such as decreased amount of excercise, depression, lack of motivation, anxieties and sleeplessness, and all of these issues are accelerating their physical and mental health issues. To address such challenges, JISP continues to provide tailor-made support to each family living in the temprary housing complex. For instance, we continue to hold weekley salon gathering, and we use our creativeness to incorporate fun activities such as simple execercise, singing and dancing. We also pay door-to-door visits to make sure that no one is left out of required support. Additionally, as many of the survivors practiced home gardening before the typhoon, we have provided agricultural tools and seedlings/sees so that they can enjoy cultivation of vegetables and flowers in planters, right in front of their temprary residence. Horticalcural approach is very effective for the community where home gardening is part of most family's life, and it gives them opportunities to get some execercise and create conversation with neighbors! 

     We are attaching some photos from the Christmas event which brought joys to many children and elderly people, as they enjoyed freshly cooked "takoyaki" (octopus dumpling) which is the favourite of almost any Japanese people. 

Again, we would like to thank you for taking interest in and supporting our activities. Despite the chaotic situation that the world is experiencing right now, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and Good Health! 

JISP Team

     

Cooking takoyaki at a Christmas event!
Cooking takoyaki at a Christmas event!
Elderly survivors enjoying growing vegetables!
Elderly survivors enjoying growing vegetables!
Getting some exercise in weekly saloon gathering!
Getting some exercise in weekly saloon gathering!
Aug 31, 2020

Building Community during the COVID-19

One of the saloon participants performing a dance
One of the saloon participants performing a dance

    We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. Here is our recent update on our on-going activities to support Hagibis survivors. 

    Since Oct 2019, JISP has been working to support the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts on supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture, in North-western part of Japan. Hoever, since February 2020, the suvivors who were in the midst of their recovery efforts started experiencing another crisis, COVID-19, which has been posing a great challenge to their day-to-day life. 

    One of JISP's focus of activities were to provide the residents of temporary housing complex with opporunities to socialise with each other so that a community support network can be created among people who came to live in one community from different areas. Due to measures established by the local government to prevent further spread of the virus, our weekly sloon activity had to be halted between March and July, however, during that time, we continued communicating with the suvivors through a door-to-door visit to ensure that they do not feel left out whenever they needed support. It is exciting to report, however, that the much awaited saloon activities restarted in early July, by taking strict measures to prevent spread of virus, such as tempature screening, hand washing and disinfection of the meeting room etc. The residents once again started socialising with each other, share the stories of the difficulties they face due to COVID-19 crisis and in rebuilng their lives, as well as fun activities such as dancing and singing. We heard many voices of the participants that the weekly gathering has become an important part of their lives. 

    As reported in our last Project Report, we have initiated a gardening activity at Hello Garden with the residents of the temprary housing complex, and we are now planning to expand the activity so that evryone can enjoy cultivating vegetables and growing flowers in planter boxes around the temporary house! We are now at the stage of making plans with the residents, and I look forward to reporting more on our new initiative in our next report. 

    Thank you very much for reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support! 

JISP Team

A scene from a weekly sloon
A scene from a weekly sloon
Gardening is also a chance of socialization!
Gardening is also a chance of socialization!
Successfully grown lettuce, waiting for harvest!
Successfully grown lettuce, waiting for harvest!
May 4, 2020

COVID-19 won't stop us from supporting people!

An skilled farmer and a child enjoying farming!
An skilled farmer and a child enjoying farming!

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. Through this report, we wanted to let you know that JISP is committed to continuing our on-going project to support Hagibis survivors. 

Since Oct 2019, JISP has been working to support the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts in supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture. 

Up until March this year, we had been providing weekly salon activities for the residents of temporary housing complex, as well as in affected communities of Naka Kasukawa ward, to provide survivors with an opportunity to socialise, enjoy activities such as dancing, music and exercising. With the increasing spread of COVID-19 throughout Japan, however, any activity involving close interaction between people had to be halted as of early April, in order to prevent wider spread. Because of the restrictions on activities by care providers and support organizations, the survivers' access to social activities, and psyhosocial and physical support had become even more limited. 

Our team had repeated discussions with the Heath & Welfare Dept of Ohsato Municipality and Soscial Welfare Council to see if there is any alternative way to continue supporting the survivors, while mitigating risks. As a result, we decided to establish "Hello Garden" where the survivors can enjoy farming, an activity which is inseparable part of most survivor's life but was taken away from them by last years flood. Wth the cooperation of a generous landlord who allowed us to use their farmland close to the temporary housing complex, we started up our Hello Garden Project in late April. On the opening day, a few residents including elderly couples, young mother and their small children enjoyed plowing the land and planting some vegetable. It is a small start, but we hope that the garden will eventually become a place which can provide joy and hopes for the residents of affected community! 

Thank you very much for reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support! 

JISP Team

Project team checking the seedlings.
Project team checking the seedlings.
Deciding slots for each participating family.
Deciding slots for each participating family.
 
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