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!