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Jun 14, 2019

Hokkaido Earthquake - Report #3

To support the restoration and reconstruction effort of the areas affected by the Hokkaido Eastern Iburi Earthquake, Civic Force has been supporting NPO activities through NPO Partner Projects. Activities include providing playgrounds for children in affected areas through the Iburi Nature School. The Iburi Nature School also provides a nature experience program aimed at healing the anxiety of parents and children affected by the earthquake. Civic Force has also assisted Ezorock, a nonprofit organization that produces and sells dried vegetables, through NPO Partner Projects. Not only is Ezorock aiming to improve production technology but also focusing on package design. They plan to distribute sample dried vegetables at the Disaster Recovery Event in March in Atsuma-cho. Ezorock strives to explore more market opportunities in the future.

 

Please read about our efforts in Newsletter Vol.17 at the link below.

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May 17, 2019

Zero-Deaths Campaign Kicked Off!

Our local partners, A-PAD Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC), and Sirasa Gammadda kicked off the first street campaign on the 16th of May 2019. Reaching out to the three most vulnerable divisions of Kalutara Administrative District, namely Bulathsinhala, Palindanuwara, Walallawita, the campaign saw participation from 650 families.

 

Special guests from national and local authorities, along with military personnel, attended the campaign in promoting early preparedness amongst the flood/landslide-prone communities. A special feature of the program was the segment led by Sri Lanka Life Saving in demonstrating basic CPR and localized water survival techniques using plastic water bottles and school bags.

 

Private sector members from MAS Intimate, MAD Bodyline and Dialog Axiata were present as volunteers who engaged with the community members by providing business tips for SMEs and CBOs. They also distributed leaflets/posters on disaster preparedness along with an awareness sticker that was placed on passerby vehicles.

Children with the leaflets handed out at the event
Children with the leaflets handed out at the event
Emergency stickers placed on houses and vehicles
Emergency stickers placed on houses and vehicles
SL Life Saving demonstrating CPR
SL Life Saving demonstrating CPR
Ms. Michelle Joseph of A-PAD Sri Lanka
Ms. Michelle Joseph of A-PAD Sri Lanka
Mr. Pradeep Kodippili of DMC
Mr. Pradeep Kodippili of DMC
Mr. Suren Sanjaya of Gammadda Team
Mr. Suren Sanjaya of Gammadda Team
Mr. PRP Prasad, Div. Secretary of Bulthsinhala
Mr. PRP Prasad, Div. Secretary of Bulthsinhala
Mr. Sunil Jayaweera of DMC
Mr. Sunil Jayaweera of DMC
Mr. Yasarath Kamalsiri of News First
Mr. Yasarath Kamalsiri of News First
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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