Feb 10, 2020

Plans for 2020 Summer Camp Underway

The Operation Blessing Japan team is developing plans for this year's camp, an annual feature of our community support program in Minami Soma, Fukushima.

Last year we expanded our community support center in the Jus Mall, to ten times the size of our original center. Now we are able to run multiple programs, including a cafe on a daily basis. This has enable us to not only provide a safe outdoor camp program for the children, but also run special events, and vacation-time events during the year.

Children in Fukushima still live under the shadow of the nuclear power plant disaster. Every child has to undergo regular scans and thyroid checks, to monitor any adverse effects from the nuclear radiation. Though levels have decreased since the disaster 9 years ago, levels are still higher than normal, and there are still areas off limits due to the dangerous radiation level.

Thank you for your ongoing support of our children's programs in Fukushima.



Jan 15, 2020

Staff and volunteers help 544 families

OBJ disaster relief team lead the way in helping devastated communities in Tateyama, Chiba clear up debris, take trash to the dump, and help local community recover from the typhoon that hit back mid in October. Our DR manager Mr. Yuge, and his assistant, Mr. Itoh lead the crews of volunteers that came in from various parts of Japan. Work was conducted in consultation with local social services department of the city office.

Some of our volunteers visited homes where residents were still holding out in their homes, following the typhoon. One social worker volunteer from Kyoto found an elderly resident who had collapsed and was lying on the floor. The woman was conscious but unable to move. And so an ambulance was quickly called. Other volunteers were able to counsel an elderly person who had received a fraudulent notice that she had to pay tax. Even in a place like Japan, fraudsters take advantage of elderly survivors after a disaster, offering them services at exorbitant fees, or extortioning money. Operation Blessing teams are identified by our vests, which is a comfort for survivors trying to piece together their shattered lives.

Over 544 households were helped by the work of our teams since the disaster.


Jan 13, 2020

Goal almost realized

The 6.8M earthquake in Hokkaido in September 2018, severely damaged the town of Hobetsu's only Learning Center for children. Damage was beyond repair and so the building was demolished by the government in November 2018.

The Learning Center is currently meeting in temporary rented facility. We are still close to $18,500 away from our goal, in order to set up a Trailer House for the Learning Center to cater to 47 children in the town. Winter has settled in cold Hokkaido, so we are hoping to be able to set up this learning center in the spring.

Thank you again for your support of this project.

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