May 22, 2017

Thank you, the residents of Kawahara!

Activity Update

In April 22, JISP held a Community Building Workshop at a disaster public housing in Kawahara, Ohfunato city (Iwate prefecture). 

It was the second time we meet and we received a hearty welcome. 

JISP member Bijay introduced aspects of Nepali culutre and we made "Momo" (Nepali style Gyoza). After eating, we discussed the current situation in both Nepal and Tohoku. 

For the final part, we did some execrise, meditated and danced a local dance together. 

Spending this day with the resilient people of Iwate was a precious time. Thank you!

-------------------------------------------

Why Community Building?

6 Years after the triple disaster hit Tohoku, the majority of those who lost their homes in the Tsunami (about 470,000 people in total) have setteled in new homes. 

Still, 147,000 people still live in temporary housing across the Tohoku region (as of July 2016). 

86% of the people who found new homes reside in newly built public-housings (as of March 2017). 

But both those who found a new home and those who still live in termporary-housing often find themselves with new neighbours: the old social fabric was disrputed and the challenge is to create a renewed sense of community. 

The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011.  

We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community will emerge. 

Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

Entering the 7th year after the disasters, Japan IsraAID Support Program remains committed to the people of Tohoku, and continues to work to meet the current challenge of rebuilding communities. 


Thank you for your kind support!

Local residents dance in Nepali style
Local residents dance in Nepali style
Making Momo!
Making Momo!
Cultural exchange with Dr. Bijay Gyawali
Cultural exchange with Dr. Bijay Gyawali
Feb 28, 2017

Art Activities for Mothers and Children (Ishinomaki)

Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)
Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)

Thank you for your long-term support for the people of Tohoku!

This is a brief report about the Healing Japan (HJ) activities in the past three months.

During this reporting period, the HJ program reached to mothers, children and NPO staff in Ishinomaki, Tohoku.

Mr. Tomoaki Kobayashi conducted three art-therpautic workshops in December, January, and February.The workshops were conducted in cooperation with a local NPO "Arrietty Kai", which provides safe space for kids and parents.

Please take a look on the photos!

In addition to the on-going activities of the Healing Japan program, JISP began consultation with one of our long-term partners in Tohoku - "Sunpucho" - about providing art-theraputic activities for elementary kids in Kumamoto, South of Japan (which was heavily affected by two earthquakes last year).

To recall, Sunpucho is an NPO which conducts art activities across the Tohoku region, and which its members have undergone long periods of training with JISP (for more details please see earlier reports.

This would be the first time that one beneficiery organization of the Healing Japan program conducts psycho-social activities outside of Tohoku, thus implementing tools and knowledge acquired during the HJ trainings.

We will keep you updated.

Thank you for your kind support!

Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)
Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)
Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)
Art activity in Ishinomaki (Mothers and Children)
Feb 22, 2017

6 Years After

Community-Building Workshop in Ohfunato, 2016
Community-Building Workshop in Ohfunato, 2016

6 Years after the triple disaster hit Tohoku, the majority of those who lost their homes in the Tsunami (about 470,000 people in total) have setteled in new homes.

86% of those who found new homes reside in newly built public-housings (as of March 2017).

Still, 147,000 people still live in temporary housing across the Tohoku region (as of July 2016).

Those who found a new home often find themselves with new neighbours: the old social fabric was disrputed and the challenge is to create a renewed sense of community.

Those who still reside in termporary housing (many of which are senior citizens) face similar challenge.

The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011. 

We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community will emerge.

Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

Entering the 7th year after the disasters, Japan IsraAID Support Program remains committed to the people of Tohoku, and continues to work to meet the current challenge of rebuilding communities.

Thank you for your kind support!

 
WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.