Overview of our Ongoing Activities
AAR JAPAN has been providing rehabilitation and health-related services, mobile clinics, sanitation services, psychological care, and community interaction and exchange events for roughly 3,000 people, focusing on persons with disabilities, the elderly, displaced people, and people staying in temporary housing in the disaster-affected areas of Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. Through these comprehensive efforts, AAR JAPAN continues to support people in the disaster zone as they work to maintain both their physical and mental health.
AAR JAPAN has been sending occupational therapists and physiotherapists to evacuation centers, senior care facilities, facilities for persons with disabilities, temporary housing, and individual homes in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, offering rehabilitation visits and massages to 612 people from July 9th to November 26th.
To mitigate stress both from the earthquake and from long-term evacuee life, AAR JAPAN has been sending counselors to evacuation centers, temporary housing units, and individual homes to provide psychological care. We provided counseling for 265 people between August 6th and December 3rd.
Community Interaction and Exchange Events
AAR JAPAN has been actively promoting community interaction and exchange events to help encourage the development of social ties in evacuation centers and temporary housing. In this effort, we have been organizing soup kitchens, delivering relief supplies, and providing rehabilitation services such as massages and aroma therapy. To date, we have organized or participated in events in the following locations:
- Festival at Wako Kindergarten in Shichi-ga-hama Town, Miyagi Prefecture (July 23rd)
- Bon Festival in Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture (August 15th)
- Higashi-hama Elementary School on the Oshika Peninsula, Miyagi Prefecture (August 18th)
- Touni Town, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (August 20th).
- Otomo Town, Rikuzen-takata City, Iwate Prefecture (August 20th)
-Offering aromatherapy at Higashi-hama Elementary School in Miyagi Prefecture (August 23rd)
- Workshop for persons with disabilities in Yamada Town, Chimohei County, Iwate Prefecture (August 26th)
- Temporary housing complex in Kasshi Town, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (August 27th)
- Temporary housing complex in Shichi-ga-hama Town, Miyagi Prefecture (August 28th)
- Temporary housing complex in Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (September 11th)
- Gym of Nakano Junior High School in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture (September 17th)
- Day room in a temporary housing complex in Kashinai, Miyako City, Iwate Prefecture (September 24th)
- Temporary housing complex in Kuribayashi Town, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (September 25th)
- Gym of Nakano Junior High School in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture (September 25th)
- In front of a shop in Sakuragi Town, Otsuchi Town, Kamihei County, Iwate Prefecture (September 28th)
- Temporary housing complex in Kesen Town, Rikuzen-takata City, Iwate Prefecture (October 2nd)
- Festival at Kurosaki Shrine in Hirota Town, Rikuzen-takata City, Iwate Prefecture (October 9th)
- “Everyone’s Festival Bureiko” in Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture (October 10th)
- Dosen Subsidized Apartments in Kasshi Town, Kamaishi City, Iwate Prefecture (October 16th)
- Higashi-hama Elementary School in Iwate Prefecture (October 11th)
- Otsuchi Dai-kyu Temporary Housing Complex in Otsuchi Town, Kamihei County, Iwate Prefecture (October 23rd)
- Taki-no-Sato in Takekoma, Rikuzen-takata City, Iwate Prefecture (October 25th)
- Nakano Sakae Community Center, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture (November 27th)
Bringing People in the Disaster-Affected Areas a Warm and Happy New Year
Temperatures in the disaster-affected areas continue to drop. In addition to distributing winter necessities to people living in temporary housing complexes and other displaced people, AAR JAPAN is now also preparing equipment for snow removal. In the face of news of elderly survivors dying alone in temporary housing, we are continuing to support the Building Healthy Communities Project, offering community interaction and exchange events for disaster survivors, many of whom all too easily end up spending their entire day isolated behind closed doors.
If you are interested to learn more about AAR JAPAN's relief and recovery activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake, visit our blog site: http://aarjapan.blogspot.com/search/label/Japan
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