Aug 17, 2017

Ofunato Community Building Workshop

In early July, the JISP team visited a newly established public housing complex of 9 house-holds in Ofunato town, Iwate Prefecture. 

This was the first time the new residents were able to gather together, in what became a precious opportunity to facilitate neighborly relations among the new community. 11 residents participated in the workshop.

JISP's Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Team, led by the facilitator Dr. Bijay Gyawali, introduced Nepali handwriting, culture, and food and the participants showed some great team-work. We also conducted a mindfulness session for the participants. 

It was heart-warming to see the participants' positive attitude toward their new neighbors and toward their new community.

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!

May 31, 2017

Healing Japan : high-quality, low-cost, and sustainable capacity for psycho-social support

A music therapy session
A music therapy session

Why Healing Japan?

Although 6 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, studies and surveys show that many still suffer from invisible problems such as emotional scars and trauma, and that the victims require long-term care.

By using culturally relevant, non-traditional methods such as expressive therapies and group facilitation, Healing Japan aims to develop local capacity for assisting a traumatized population in times of crises, as well as to provide necessary long-term psychosocial support to the victims.

We believe that high-quality, low-cost and sustainable capacity for psycho-social support is crucial for the long-term recovery of people affected by disasters and other adversities.

Our aim is thus to help create such a capacity.

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 people's mental well-being. 


Thank you for your long-term support to the Healing Japan program!

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!

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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
 
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