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.
Jan 31, 2020

Our support activities in Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures

JISP's nurse conducting a health check
JISP's nurse conducting a health check

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

We are working in partnership with the Heath & Welfare Dept of Ohsato Municipality in conducting various activities to improve physical and psychosocial health of the survivors. 

For instance, JISP provides weekly salon activities for the residents of temporary housing complex, as well as and in the community center of the affected Naka Kasukawa ward, to provide survivors opportunities to socialise, enjoy activities such as cooking, dancing and music events, and to exercise. These activities are designed to improve the physical and psychological health of the survivors, prevent depression or isolation, and to strengthen the community support mechanism. At the same time, our trained Coordinators provide consultations and psychological first aid to the participants, and provide referral via municipal office, if needed. JISP also supports the commnity's more specialised needs by dispatching disaster nursing professionals, as well as clinical psychologists and therapists.

In addition, we have been suporting the evacuees at the city’s evacuation center in Date city, Fukushima prefecture, by providing soup kitchen, mobile café and health check, whist providing psychosocial care, in coordination with the municipal office and social welfare council. Many of the survivors have still been left clueless as to where they can possibly live in future. Therefore, we plan to monitor the vulnerable survivors during their transition period and provide psychosocial support. 

JISP are commited to continuing our support to the Hagibis survivors at least until the end of Dec 2020. Thank you for reading our report and for your continuous support! 

Salon activity in an affected community
Salon activity in an affected community
JISP's coordinator facilitating exercise
JISP's coordinator facilitating exercise
Nov 4, 2019

Activities of our Emergency Response Team

JISP's trained coordinator assessing the needs
JISP's trained coordinator assessing the needs

 

JISP’s Emergency Response Team has been continuing our work in some of the most severely affected areas of Tohoku, mainly in Ohsato town (Miyagi Prefecture), Date city and Kawamata town in Fukushima Prefecture. As the municipal governments, Social Welfare Council and Support Organizations respond to survivor’s urgent needs in coordination, many of the affected communities struggle to urgently establish policies to help recovery of survivor’s lives in a longer term. Our Emergency Team have been repeatedly coordinating with the municipal government offices, Social Welfare Council and other stakeholders in the above areas to provide the most efficient and timely support, whilst valuing coordination. 

JISP has been providing psychological first aid, consultations, as well as physical relief to vulnerable survivors, by dispatching resources trained in physical therapy and psychosocial care to evacuation shelters. We then return their feedbacks to the municipal governments and Social Welfare Council, in order to ensure that the survivor’s needs are addressed. Parallelly, our staff assess the material needs of evacuation shelter and community distribution points, and provide relief materials such as food, hygiene goods, cleaning items based on their requests in a timely manner.

Relief goods distribution in Fukushima
Relief goods distribution in Fukushima
Ohsato town devastated by powerful flooding
Ohsato town devastated by powerful flooding
 
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