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!

Dec 1, 2016

Communication Improvement for Izumi Staff

Role Playing Sessions1
Role Playing Sessions1

JISP continues to support disaster victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. On Oct 29th, JISP in collaboration with Ms Ohtaki, a psychotherapist conducted a communication improvement workshop for Izumi staff in the Tohoku Region. Izumi is a Christian organization that provides thyroid gland checkups for children once a month in Miyagi and Fukushima. These children are taken for tests by their parents to check for any radiation effects due to the nuclear explosion in Fukushima. Ohtaki observed these checkup sessions and found that many of the staff did not know how to handle the stress and panic of parents and children as they underwent the checkups and counseling sessions. Therefore, the workshops focused on improving communication between the staff, the children and the guardians that implement and undergo the checkups. We simulated these checkups and other occasions where the parents or children would express anxiety (during counseling sessions etc) and the participants learned about the ways to deal with the stress of the kids, the guardians as well as their own. One of the participants commented “I learned how to put myself in another person’s shoes”

 At the end of the workshop, we held a short yoga session- to emphasize that above all, it is the care for the supporters themselves which is crucial to guarantee the continuous impact of their work. 

Role Playing Sessions2
Role Playing Sessions2
Nov 25, 2016

Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas

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 encouraging to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings will help create more supportive and resilience community for residents to empower themselves and to heal. Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

JISP conducted three community building workshops in Ohfunato (October 22-23):

1. 22 Oct AM: Support Center Tomioka (17 ppl)
2. 22 Oct PM: Kawara Disaster Public Housing (10 ppl)
3. 23 Oct AM: Kami Higashiyama (7 ppl)

Through activities such as art therapy activitiy, introduction of Nepali culture and the situation of recovery from last year’s disaster in Nepal, as well as joint cooking of Nepali dishes, JISP professionals facilitated stronger connection among the residents of new community (temporary & permanent residents).


Overall, 34 residents of temporary and public housing participated in the workshops.


One of the participants commented : "So many people from so many countries lent a hand after the Tohoku disaster. I will never forget it, and make an effort to tell that to the next generation".

JISP professional staff presents Nepali culture
JISP professional staff presents Nepali culture
Dr. Gyawali explains about the Nepali earthquake
Dr. Gyawali explains about the Nepali earthquake
Residents of the temporary housing experience Momo
Residents of the temporary housing experience Momo

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