Oct 11, 2011

First Step for Rebuilding -- Tent Shops Now Open

A Lady in a Barbar Shop
A Lady in a Barbar Shop

Dear Donors, Thank you very much for your warm and heartful support to people in Isatomae. Although tent facilities are not completed, people in Isatomae decided to open tent shops. About seven shops started as the first step for rebuilding the community. Many people are still hesitant to open their shops, either not having sufficient fund or suffering from heavy debt from the past. The busiest shops were a barbar shop and a clothing shop. The barbar shop seats were continously filled, and what was amazing was people's smile and talking during hair cutting. People, especially senior ladies, just love to talk about their life and living conditions there, and when they finished they spent looking at themselves in a mirror for a while as if they found a new self. Many people were also at a clothing shop, spending fairly long time to select clothes of their choice. They looked really enjoying their shopping. It was a great moment to see Isatomae people feeling active, smiling and talking. This tent building was documented by the TV Sendai and was reported by two televison stations and three newspapers. One was a national newspaper. Thank you very much for your kind support.

Preparing to open a Clothing Shop
Preparing to open a Clothing Shop
Sep 26, 2011

Now, a large-size tend is up.

View of the tent
View of the tent

Dear Donors,

Thank you very much for your kind donations to get the Isatomae community starting their economic activities. With donations from one company and the Japan Forest Biomas Network, a larg-sized tent which can contain about fifteen to twenty shops were built. Still, it needs to have electricity, water, toilet, doors, condensation facility, etc. In addition to your donation and money the DSIA is trying to raise through the GlobalGiving, the Refugee International Japan, and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan are helping us to raise money for completing the construction of the tent. Hope, it will soon beome usable. But we still need some more donations to complete the tent and also help shops to start their businesses. People in Isatomae community now started discussing how to operate the tent and when to open shops. They now started cherishing a dream of rebuilding their community. The effects of the tent construction really generated a big boost in people's motivation. 

Inside the tent
Inside the tent
Destroyed main street and piers without a road
Destroyed main street and piers without a road
 
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