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Apr 2, 2019

W Japan Floods - Newsletter 17

Civic Force launched NPO Partner Projects in the areas affected by the West Japan Floods in August 2018. While the projects have supported recovery efforts through 7 organizations in 3 prefectures, the journey to full recovery has just begun. Your continuous support is greatly appreciated.

 

Hichiku Volunteer Center: Post-Disaster Recovery Event being held in Uwajima-shi, March 2019

Hichiku Volunteer Center based in Uwajima-shi, Ehime Prefecture, participated in a reflection meeting held by the Uwajima Disaster Volunteer Center and shared their assistance activities and disaster preparedness plans moving forward. Hichiku Volunteer Center, in cooperation with a local CSO, held a mobile hot spring event and supported local farmers. At the end of March, Hichiku Volunteer Center is planning on holding a post-disaster recovery event and monitoring trip to Kyushu to visit the areas affected by the Northern Kyushu Flood in 2017.

 

Disaster Area NGO Collaboration Center: Supporting Community Mutual Assistance Efforts

Although the lives of flood victims have settled after moving into temporary housing, the number of people suffering from insomnia and other physical ailments is on the rise. The Disaster Area NGO Collaboration Center is providing self-care activities such as foot baths and haircuts. Moving forward, building on their experience from the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, the Center is planning on managing community mutual assistance efforts and providing disaster recovery lectures.

 

Soru Home Visiting Nurse Station: 3/31 DRR Workshop in Anticipation of Summer Weather Disasters

Soru Home Visiting Nurse Station continues their activities based out of a temporary trailer office provided by Civic Force. Once or twice a month, they provide communal spaces where community residents can gather and host community events such as a communal café and health check-ups. The Station is also working on disaster preparedness in anticipation of the rainy season this year and planning on hosting a DRR workshop on March 24.

 

Okayama Mind “Kokoro” 3/30 “Mutual-Assistance Center Mabi” Launch Event

Okayama Mind “Kokoro” is an NPO working on mid to long-term recovery efforts in Mabi-cho, Okayama Prefecture. Kokoro hosts meetings for a local networking group, community re-building activities, and music events every month. In November, “Mutual-Assistance Center Mabi” opened its door to meet the needs of the community residents such as consultation services and car pick-up services. On March 30, they plan to host a kick-up event to commemorate its establishment.

 

Arts and Sports for Everyone (ASE): Bringing the experience of Kumamoto Earthquake for Boccia Event

ASE envisions a society where everyone can enjoy arts and sports together regardless of their disabilities. ASE has hosted Boccia* events in Kumamoto Prefectures after the earthquake in 2017 and began needs assessments for similar activities in the disaster affected areas in Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures.

*Boccia is practiced by people with severe cerebral palsy or no limb function. It is one of the competitive sports in the Paralympic Games.


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Mar 18, 2019

Hokkaido Earthquake - Report #2

NPO Partner Projects has been implemented in the areas affected by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake since October 2018. Through this platform, two support projects were launched this November.

 

Iburi Nature School, based in Tomakomai City, has promoted nature experience activities for parents and children. The school has led disaster restoration activities such as dismantling collapsed houses, establishing volunteer centers, and managing volunteers in Tomakomai City, Abira Town, Atsuma Town, and Mukawa Town since September 7. Iburi Nature School also provides a nature experience program aimed at healing the anxiety of parents and children affected by the earthquake. The program focused on “Mokuiku” which means "nurturing through wood." Activities include fishing, grilling the fish over wooden stoves, making chopsticks, and ice skating.

 

Ezorock has initiated a variety of activities all over Hokkaido including environmental maintenance at event sites and nature conservation in national parks. Their efforts have now extended to disaster support projects as well. Ezorock produced and sold dried vegetables in Sumikawa, Sapporo City and Atsuma Town and raised public awareness on disaster risk reduction. NPO Partner Projects plans to instruct the child-raising groups on how to produce and sell dry vegetables to increase job opportunities and develop the region.

Dec 31, 2018

News Letter Vol.16

This year, Japan suffered from an unprecedented number of natural disasters:an earthquake Northern Osaka Prefecture in June, Western Japan Floods in July, numerous typhoons, and earthquake in Hokkaido in September: Areas of Western Japan such as Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime Prefectures, were particularly hit hard with torrential rains with over 200 people killed by the resulting floods and landslides. Subsequent large typhoons only exacerbated the damage.

Many of the evacuation shelters in the affected areas have already been closed, and the evacuees have begun to move into temporary houses. However, many evacuees still say that the disaster had completely changed their lives and their situations remain the same. In addition to an increasing number of companies and welfare facilities going out of business, some towns are facing new challenges of population decline. Reconstruction of the affected towns is now entering a crucial phase and will continue into next year and beyond.

This edition of the newsletter reports on our disaster relief activities in the areas affected by the Western Japan Floods and the Hokkaido Earthquake. It also includes a report on a study camp for scholarship students that was organized as a part of the “Dream Support Project” of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

http://www.civic-force.org/english/news/docs/NewsLetterVol.16en.pdf

 
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