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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Sep 6, 2016

Izumi Radiation Checks - Monitoring and Evaluation

Although 5 years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake, there are many needs for mental health care programs in the disaster areas of Tohoku. Radiation exposure caused by the nuclear plant explosion is one issue that needs to be handled with care. When the tsunami hit Fukushima nuclear plant, many people were thought to have been exposed to radiation. Many parents in Fukushima and also Miyagi and Iwate worry about the effects of radiation on their children.

 In order to address such concerns, a Christian organization called Izumi has been conducting thyroid tests on Children since 2014. Consequently, Izumi requested Japan IsraAID Support Program (“hereafter JISP”) for some training on how to best deal with parents who would become anxious or panic when the children were undergoing the tests or when they were receiving counselling after the tests. In June 2016, JISP and Ryoko Ohtaki a specialist on post disaster trauma care, monitored the overall process of the testing and counselling of the parents and children and provided technical advice to the staff on how to best deal with the children and parents. In the future, JISP also plans to hold staff training on how to handle parents and children undergoing these thyroid checks. 

Aug 26, 2016

Nepalese Cultural Exchange Events

The Nepalese Flag
The Nepalese Flag

On June 25th and 26th, JISP held Nepalese cultural exchange events for people living in the Otate Temporary housing units of Ofunato and Tomioka Support Center in Iwate Prefecture. JISP staff, Bijay Gyawali, a psychologist and his wife who is a social worker explained Nepalese culture through arts crafts, traditional wear and presentations. Many of the participants had questions about Nepalese culture and talked also about the disaster that hit Nepal in 2015. During the presentation, Januka Gyawali made a traditional chicken dumpling dish “momo” with a special spiced sauce for the participants to taste and enjoy. The participants had an interactive dialogue with the two and pointed out how some points were similar to Japan. We hope that these events are a fun time for the many people who still remain in the temporary housing and are an opportunity for people to come out and get to know each other better. We hope to help rebuild lives of individuals and communities in the disaster hit areas. We are very grateful for your support for these activities and plan more in the future to prevent solitary deaths and loneliness in temporary housing units and new public housing estates. 

Group Photo
Group Photo
Nepalese Traditional Costumes
Nepalese Traditional Costumes
Traditional Nepalese Food "momo"
Traditional Nepalese Food "momo"
Presentation on Nepalese Culture
Presentation on Nepalese Culture
Presentation on Nepalese Culture 1
Presentation on Nepalese Culture 1
 
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