Two years and nine months after the Great East Japan Earthquake
Two years and nine months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. In the disaster-hit Tohoku region, more than 300,000 people have been forced to live an uncomfortable life as evacuees. Reconstruction has just started. While we have been struggling to rebuild the devastated Tohoku region,other areas in the world have also been hit by natural catastrophes)
We ask for your undivided support, not only for Civic Force but also for the numerous people involved who are working together to reconstruct the disaster-hit region.
Wings for Life Project
—Supporting helicopter transport service for emergency medical purposes—
Even before the disaster, lack of medical services had been a problem in the coastal areas devastated by the earthquake. We are planning to start a helicopter service to provide better access to advanced medical institutions. Aiming to launch the service by this autumn, we are now in the final stage of adjusting the details with people concerned.
If you need further information, please see the attached file.
As of March 31, 2014, we have ended our donation drive for the Typhoon Haiyan project. Since the typhoon struck on November 8, 2013, we immediately launched an online campaign to raise funds for our disaster response activities. We have received so much heartfelt support from all over the world and we would like to express our deep gratitude to everyone who donated to our cause.
Through your donations, in addition to providing emergency tents and food and non-food items during the emergency response phase, we have also been able to provide agricultural assistance to farming households affected by the typhoon.
Distribution of 1-week supply of food and daily essentials
With the cooperation of our local partner Citizens' Disaster Response Center (CDRC) and its regional center Leyte Center for Development (LCDE), Civic Force distributed emergency relief packs containing 1 week's supply of food and daily necessities to 1,060 households. The distribution areas, isolated from the main urban distribution sites and with a mostly poor populace, were Alangalang and Albuera municipalities of Leyte province. Most of the residents in this area lost their belongings, their houses destroyed by the strong winds and floods.
We were able to provide goods essential for temporary refuge in the form of relief packs which contained the following:10 kilos of rice, 1 kilo of dried fish, 6 tins of sardines, 500ml of cooking oil, 1 bar of soap, 1 laundry soap, 5 meters of plastic sheet, 1 sleeping mat, 1 blanket, 3 toothbrushes, 1 tube of toothpaste, and 1 pack of sanitary napkins.
Provision of shelter
Moreover, we shipped 960 emergency tents (for emergency evacuation use, approximately 16.5 square meters and can fit a family of about 6 people), which were previously stored in the facility owned by Fukuroi city, Shizuoka prefecture in Japan, with whom Civic Force has concluded a post-disaster emergency response pre-agreement. We distributed tents to 960 households in Tanauan, Leyte and Guiuan, Samar, where houses have been severely devastated by the typhoon.
Agricultural assistance to rebuild lives
Aside from these, we conducted a survey with our local partner NGO and consequently put our efforts towards helping restart the important farming industry from February. To reorganize farming households' livelihoods which were affected by the loss of crops pre-harvest as well as the destruction of farming tools, we decided to distribute agriculture seeds and farming tools in 3 barangays in Alangalang, Leyte: Tabangohay, Salvacion, and Langit.
To be specific, we distributed the following to a total of 806 households: 50 kilos of rice seeds and 10 kinds of vegetable seeds (tomato, eggplant, okra, cabbage, mustard, radish, spinach, bitter melon, string beans, pumpkin). We also delivered 1 set of farm tools (hoe, rake, sprayer, shovel, machete, plow) for every 10 households.
It is almost 5 months since the typhoon. As a member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (APADM), Civic Force will continue to support its fellow member CDRC's activities.
Today, we'd like to share a story out of many lives you have changed - through supporting our project.
Masayuki Takahashi is a helicopter pilot. After Civic Force was established in 2009, it entered into pre-agreements and partnerships with potential collaborators in preparation for the next large scale disaster. Masayuki was one of the chosen partners Civic Force contacted, hoping to ensure transportation means for emergency relief delivery in case a large scale natural disaster strikes. After 11th March 2011, he engaged in volunteer work by utilizing his helicopter to provide relief supplies for the victims of the disaster with Civic Force. Afterwards he established an organization called All Round Helicopter aiming to support the local health-care system in the area. Local people have been worried about the lack of medical facilities since 2011, so Masayuki and his team decided to put all their efforts behind All Round Helicopter’s activities. Masayuki has received many messages of support and encouragement since establishing the organization.
Masayuki hopes that the survivors can also receive equal health-care service. He and his organization are thankful for any financial support that would contribute to the sustainability of his project.
Masayuki - "I am thankful for being given the chance to support the local health-care system in the affected areas"
In honor of the 3rd anniversary of East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, GlobalGiving is hosting a matching campaign for projects that work for recovery in Tohoku area. Starting today, your donations will be matched 100% by GlobalGiving until matchign funds last. To donate, click on "give now" button below.
Thank you for your support for this project, and thank you for supporting what Masayuki does where the help is needed!