Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project

by Hands On Tokyo
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project

We hope you and your loved ones are as well as can be during these challenging times.  With the Thanksgiving holidays on the horizon, we are very thankful for all your generous donations so far this year.

It is hard to believe that it has been nearly ten years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami along the Tohoku Coastline in Japan. You have helped us assure many people in Tohoku that they have not been forgotten as they continue to overcome daily challenges in further rebuilding their lives. Recovery and rebuilding take many years. Some are still living in what was originally intended to be temporary housing and there are still significant housing, infrastructure, labor and other shortages in the region.  In addition, with the passage of time, the occurrence of devastating natural disasters in other parts of Japan and now concerns regarding the coronavirus, the number of volunteers going to and the amount of charitable donations being made for Tohoku continue to drop.
 
Labor shortages throughout Japan coupled with the coronavirus continue to make it very hard for local farmers in Tohoku to run their farms and in turn to further rebuild their lives. Many of the local farms are family run with one, two or three family members doing all the work themselves.  Growing and harvesting rice, vegetables and fruit sufficient enough to earn a modest livelihood and to repay the significant debts they incurred after the earthquake and tsunami is very labor intensive and the local farmers cannot do all the work by themselves.  They need the continued support of volunteers. 
 
The local farmers always ask us to convey to everyone who supports our volunteer activities in Tohoku just how much they appreciate all the support.  What Hands On Tokyo volunteers are able to accomplish in a single day would take the local farmers and their families many days to complete. 
 
Since our last report, we had hoped to resume bringing to Tohoku for volunteering many groups of children and their caregivers from different Tokyo Area children’s homes.  Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we have had to further postpone these trips and are still looking for the time when we can safely reschedule these volunteer trips.  
 
These volunteer trips are very impactful on the children and their caregivers.  For the children who are the beneficiaries of volunteer activities at their children’s homes, these volunteer trips are an opportunity to experience volunteering themselves, to gain new experiences and life skills, and to gain further self confidence. These experiences will help them throughout their lives.  The children greatly appreciate the opportunity and are still benefiting from all that they learned and experienced. They and their caretakers keep sending us wonderful feedback.  Many want to volunteer again and they have encouraged others in their group homes to volunteer in the future.  These volunteer trips are also an important opportunity for the caretakers to better understand each child’s fullest potential.  We are deeply committed to continuing to organize these volunteer trips for children and their caregivers in Tokyo Area children’s homes as well as for students at Tokyo Area international schools. 
 
Since our last report, we have been further raising funds for these volunteer trips and we have been in regular communication with our partners in Tohoku and at the Tokyo Area children’s homes and international schools.  And we have been closely monitoring developments in Tohoku and Tokyo concerning the coronavirus. 
 
We also are now working on volunteer holiday projects at Tokyo Area children’s homes in support of Tohoku.  We have provided the children’s homes with arts and crafts supplies and holiday decorations so the children can create “thinking of you” holiday messages which we will deliver to local farmers, nursing homes, school children and others in Tohoku just before the year end holidays.  These projects will further ignite the spirit of volunteerism among the children and remind them of the importance of thinking of others in need of support.  These projects will also encourage local people in Tohoku who may be feeling forgotten and alone while attention has shifted to other challenges.  And they will help maintain the warm connection between the Tokyo Area children’s homes and Tohoku. 
 
We also have been finding ways for volunteers to support Tohoku and the Tokyo Area children’s homes while staying at home.  For example, we held a drive to collect face masks and asked volunteers to make other PPEs (Personal Protection Equipment) like protective gowns.  And we have been delivering these face masks and PPEs to children’s homes and others in need. 
 
There is still so much to be done and there are still many people in need of encouragement and support in Tohoku.  With your generous support, we will continue to organize volunteer trips to help farmers and others in Tohoku as they continue to work hard to further rebuild their lives.  
 
Thank you very much in advance for your continued generosity, for touching the hearts and souls of so many people in Tohoku and for helping provide these life changing volunteer opportunities to so many children living in children’s homes, and to other children living, in the Greater Tokyo Area.  
 
Slowly but steadily the road to recovery and the pathway for the future wellbeing of the next generation are being paved.  
 
Please stay safe and well. 

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We hope you and your loved ones are as well and safe as can be during these challenging times.  Everyone has been adjusting to a new environment shaped by the coronavirus.  At such a time, we are very grateful for your generous donations so far this year.

 

It is hard to believe that it has been nearly ten years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami along the Tohoku Coastline in Japan. You have helped us assure many people in Tohoku that they have not been forgotten as they continue to overcome daily challenges in further rebuilding their lives. Recovery and rebuilding take many years. Some are still living in what was originally intended to be temporary housing and there are still significant housing, infrastructure, labor and other shortages in the region.  In addition, with the passage of time, the occurrence of devastating natural disasters in other parts of Japan and now concerns regarding the coronavirus, the number of volunteers going to and the amount of charitable donations being made for Tohoku continue to drop.

 
Labor shortages throughout Japan continue to make it very hard for local farmers in Tohoku to run their farms and in turn to further rebuild their lives. Many of the local farms are family run with one, two or three family members doing all the work themselves.  Growing and harvesting rice, vegetables and fruit sufficient enough to earn a modest livelihood and to repay the significant debts they incurred after the earthquake and tsunami is very labor intensive and the local farmers cannot do all the work by themselves.  They need the continued support of volunteers. 
 
The local farmers always ask us to convey to everyone who supports our volunteer activities in Tohoku just how much they appreciate all the support.  What Hands On Tokyo volunteers are able to accomplish in a single day would take the local farmers and their families many days to complete.
 
Since our last report, we had planned to bring to Tohoku for volunteering many groups of children and their caregivers from different Tokyo Area children’s homes.  Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, we have had to postpone these trips and are still looking for the time when we can safely reschedule these volunteer trips.  
 
These volunteer trips are very impactful on the children and their caregivers.  For the children who are the beneficiaries of volunteer activities at their children’s homes, these volunteer trips are an opportunity to experience volunteering themselves, to gain new experiences and life skills, and to gain further self confidence. These experiences will help them throughout their lives.  The children greatly appreciate the opportunity and are still benefiting from all that they learned and experienced. They and their caretakers keep sending us wonderful feedback.  Many want to volunteer again and they have encouraged others in their group homes to volunteer in the future.  These volunteer trips are also an important opportunity for the caretakers to better understand each child’s fullest potential.  We are deeply committed to continuing to organize these volunteer trips for children and their caregivers in Tokyo Area children’s homes as well as for students at Tokyo Area International Schools. 
 
Since our last report, we have been further raising funds for these volunteer trips and we have been in regular communication with our partners in Tohoku and at the Tokyo Area children’s homes and international schools.  And we have been closely monitoring developments in Tohoku and Tokyo concerning the coronavirus. 
 
We also have been finding ways for volunteers to support Tohoku and the Tokyo Area children’s homes while staying at home.  For example, we held a drive to collect face masks - including face masks delivered to each household in Japan by the Japanese government - and asked volunteers to make other PPEs (Personal Protection Equipment) like protective gowns.  And we have been delivering these face masks and PPEs to children’s homes and others in need. 
 
There is still so much to be done and there are still many people in need of encouragement and support in Tohoku.  With your generous support, we will continue to organize volunteer trips to help farmers and others in Tohoku as they continue to work hard to further rebuild their lives.  
 
Thank you very much in advance for your continued generosity, for touching the hearts and souls of so many people in Tohoku and for helping provide these life changing volunteer opportunities to so many children living in children’s homes, and to other children living, in the Greater Tokyo Area.  
 
Slowly but steadily the road to recovery and the pathway for the future wellbeing of the next generation are being paved.  
 
Please stay safe and well. 
 
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Thank you very much for all your support so far this year. It is hard to believe that it has been nine years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami along the Tohoku Coastline in Japan. You have helped us assure many people in Tohoku that they have not been forgotten as they continue to overcome daily challenges in further rebuilding their lives. Recovery and rebuilding take many years. People are still living in what was originally intended to be temporary housing and there are still significant housing, infrastructure, labor and other shortages in the region. In addition, with the passage of time, the occurrence of devastating natural disasters in other parts of Japan and now concerns regarding the coronavirus, the number of volunteers going to and the amount of charitable donations being made for Tohoku continue to drop. Labor shortages throughout Japan continue to make it very hard for local farmers in Tohoku to run their farms and in turn to further rebuild their lives. Many of the local farms are family run with one, two or three family members doing all the work themselves. Growing and harvesting rice, vegetables and fruit sufficient enough to earn a modest livelihood and to repay the significant debts they incurred after the earthquake and tsunami is very labor intensive and the local farmers cannot do all the work by themselves. They need the continued support of volunteers. The local farmers always ask us to convey to everyone who supports our volunteer activities in Tohoku just how much they appreciate all the support. What Hands On Tokyo volunteers are able to accomplish in a single day would take the local farmers and their families many days to complete. Since our last report, we have taken two groups of volunteers to Tohoku. In early December we took 38 boys and girls and their caregivers from six different Tokyo Area children’s homes, and in mid-December we took 28 boys and girls and their scoutmaster and parents from a Boy Scouts Troop and Girls Patrol at The American School in Japan, to Miyagi Prefecture by bus for two days to volunteer, gain greater confidence and receive natural disaster awareness and preparedness training. Each group helped Saito-san and his wife in Yamamoto-Cho (Miyagi Prefecture) clear an eggplant patch, and the second group also cleared a broccoli patch and removed dead paprika plants and dismantled metal pipes that are used to support the plants as they grow. These activities need to be done after the final harvests and are very labor intensive and important as the land must be cleared of all dead plants and piping before winter. Everyone worked very hard and Saito-san and his wife greatly appreciate all their hard work. It was very impressive to see how much the children accomplished while volunteering. Ogatsu in Miyagi Prefecture was completely devastated by the tsunami and is still far from being ready for reconstruction and redevelopment. A local resident built a Rose Garden near the land where her mother perished in the tsunami to calm the souls of those who perished in the tsunami and so that former residents and visitors can once again see beauty when they first enter Ogatsu. It is also a place where families go to grieve the loss of their loved ones in the tsunami. The garden keeps growing every year and now includes a grove of olive trees and a small cafe selling ice cream and homemade baked goods and herbal drinks. The founder now wants to create jobs at the garden through the olive grove and the cafe so that young people will want to work and live in the Ogatsu Area. The garden cannot be maintained without the support of volunteers. Both groups of children volunteered at the rose garden. The first group weeded and planted tulips. The second group rebuilt the mounds supporting the olive trees which were weakened by the severe typhoon last October, moved olive trees in pots inside a greenhouse for the winter and planted tulips. Both groups also used dried flowers from the rose garden to make colorful bookmarks. The founder of the rose garden wants everyone who volunteers at the rose garden to share the beauty of Ogatsu with others so that more people will visit Ogatsu and so that happy Ogatsu memories can once again be plentiful. The children also received natural disaster awareness and preparedness training. Saito-san shared his experiences during the tsunami and stressed the importance of taking action to protect oneself by going to the nearest highest ground no matter what others may say. The founder of the rose garden also taught the children the importance of knowing where to go in the case of an emergency and to take refuge immediately. These volunteer trips are very impactful on the children and their caregivers. For the children who are the beneficiaries of volunteer activities at their children’s homes, these volunteer trips are an opportunity to experience volunteering themselves, to gain new experiences and life skills, and to gain further self confidence. The children greatly appreciate the opportunity and are still benefiting from all that they learned and experienced. Many want to volunteer again and they have encouraged others in their group homes to volunteer in the future. These volunteer trips are also an important opportunity for the caretakers to better understand each child’s fullest potential. We are deeply committed to continuing to organize these volunteer trips for children and their caregivers in Tokyo Area children’s homes. The members of the Boy Scouts Troop and Girl Patrol also greatly appreciate the experience and they want to volunteer again in Tohoku this year. They also encourage their classmates to volunteer and to be community minded. We are committed to continuing to organize volunteer trips for students at Tokyo Area International schools. There is still so much to be done and there are still many people in need of encouragement and support in Tohoku. With your generous support, we will continue to organize volunteer trips to help farmers and others in Tohoku as they continue to work hard to further rebuild their lives. Thank you very much in advance for your continued generosity, for touching the hearts and souls of so many people in Tohoku and for helping provide these life changing volunteer opportunities to so many children living in children’s homes, and to other children living, in the Greater Tokyo Area. Slowly but steadily the road to recovery is being paved. Got it.Thank you!Here it is.

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It is hard to believe that it has been nearly nine years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami along the Tohoku Coastline in Japan. You have helped us assure people in Tohoku that they have not been forgotten as they continue to overcome daily challenges in further rebuilding their lives. Recovery and rebuilding take many years. People are still living in what was originally intended to be temporary housing and there are still significant housing, infrastructure, labor and other shortages in the region.  In addition, with the passage of time and the occurrence of devastating natural disasters in other parts of Japan, the number of volunteers going to and the amount of charitable donations being made for Tohoku continue to drop.

 

Labor shortages throughout Japan continue to make it very hard for local farmers in Tohoku to run their farms and in turn to further rebuild their lives. Many of the local farms are family run with one, two or three family members doing all the work themselves.  Growing and harvesting rice, vegetables and fruit sufficient enough to earn a modest livelihood and to repay the significant debts they incurred after the earthquake and tsunami is very labor intensive and the local farmers cannot do all the work by themselves.  They need the continued support of volunteers. 

 

The local farmers always ask us to convey to everyone who supports our volunteer activities in Tohoku just how much they appreciate all the support.  What Hands On Tokyo volunteers are able to accomplish in a single day would take the local farmers and their families many days to complete.

 

Since our last report, we have taken two groups of volunteers to Tohoku.  We had planned to take three groups but had to cancel one trip due to a typhoon. In late October we took 15 girls and their caregivers and in early November we took 17 boys and girls and their caregivers, from two different Tokyo Area children’s homes, to Miyagi Prefecture by bus for two days to volunteer, gain greater confidence and receive natural disaster awareness and preparedness training. 

 

Each group helped Saito-san and his wife in Yamamoto-Cho (Miyagi Prefecture) remove dead plants and dismantle metal pipes that are used to support vegetable plants as they grow.  These activities need to be done after the final harvests and are very labor intensive and important as the land must be cleared of all dead plants and piping before winter.  Everyone worked very hard and Saito-san and his wife greatly appreciated all their hard work.  It was very impressive to see how much the children accomplished while volunteering.  

 

Ogatsu in Miyagi Prefecture was completely devastated by the tsunami and is still far from being ready for reconstruction and redevelopment.  

A local resident built a Rose Garden near the land where her mother perished in the tsunami to calm the souls of those who perished in the tsunami and so that former residents and visitors can once again see beauty when they first enter Ogatsu.  It is also a place where families go to grieve the loss of their loved ones in the tsunami.  The garden keeps growing every year and now includes a grove of olive trees and a small cafe selling ice cream and homemade baked goods and herbal drinks.  The founder now wants to create jobs at the garden through the olive grove and the cafe so that young people will want to work and live in the Ogatsu Area. The garden cannot be maintained without the support of volunteers. 

 

Both groups of children from the Tokyo Area children’s homes volunteered at the rose garden by first digging up potatoes and then preparing the soil to grow blueberries and planting blueberry bushes.  They also used dried flowers from the rose garden to make colorful bookmarks and postcards.  The founder of the rose garden wants everyone who volunteers at the rose garden to share the beauty of Ogatsu with others so that more people will visit Ogatsu and so that happy Ogatsu memories can once again be plentiful. 

 

The children from the Tokyo Area children’s homes also received natural disaster awareness and preparedness training. Saito-san shared his experiences during the tsunami and stressed the importance of taking action to protect oneself by going to the nearest highest ground no matter what others may say.  The founder of the rose garden also taught the children the importance of knowing where to go in the case of an emergency and to take refuge immediately.

 

These volunteer trips are very impactful on the children and their caregivers.  For the children who are the beneficiaries of volunteer activities at their children’s homes, these volunteer trips are an opportunity to experience volunteering themselves, to gain new experiences and life skills, and to gain further self confidence. The children greatly appreciate the opportunity and are still benefiting from all that they learned and experienced. Many want to volunteer again and they have encouraged others in their group homes to volunteer in the future.  These volunteer trips are also an important opportunity for the caretakers to better understand each child’s fullest potential.  We are deeply committed to continuing to organize these volunteer trips for children and their caregivers in Tokyo Area children’s homes.  

 

There is still so much to be done and there are still many people in need of encouragement and support in Tohoku.  With your generous support, we will continue to organize volunteer trips to help farmers and others in Tohoku as they continue to work hard to further rebuild their lives.  Before the end of this year, we will take two more volunteer groups of junior and senior high school students to Tohoku.  

 

Thank you very much in advance for your continued generosity, for touching the hearts and souls of so many people in Tohoku and for helping provide these life changing volunteer opportunities to so many children living in children’s homes, and to other children living, in the Greater Tokyo Area.  

Slowly but steadily the road to recovery is being paved.  

 

We wish all of you a joyful holiday season and peaceful new year. 

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It is hard to believe that it has been eight and a half years since the devastating earthquake and tsunami along the Tohoku Coastline in Japan. You have helped us assure people in Tohoku that they have not been forgotten as they continue to overcome daily challenges in further rebuilding their lives. Recovery and rebuilding take many years. People are still living in what was originally intended to be temporary housing and there are still significant housing, infrastructure, labor and other shortages in the region.  In addition, with the passage of time and the occurrence of devastating natural disasters in other parts of Japan, the number of volunteers going to and the amount of charitable donations being made for Tohoku continue to drop.



Labor shortages throughout Japan continue to make it very hard for local farmers in Tohoku to run their farms and in turn to further rebuild their lives. Many of the local farms are family run with one, two or three family members doing all the work themselves.  Growing rice, vegetables and fruit sufficient enough to earn a modest livelihood and to repay the significant debts they incurred after the earthquake and tsunami is very labor intensive and the local farmers cannot do all the work by themselves.  They need the continued support of volunteers. 



The local farmers always ask us to convey to everyone who supports our volunteer activities in Tohoku just how much they appreciate all the support.  What Hands On Tokyo volunteers are able to accomplish in a single day would take the local farmers and their families many days to complete.



Since our last report, we have taken three groups of junior and senior high school students to Tohoku.  In August, we made two trips, taking 14 teenage boys and three of their caregivers and 18 junior and senior high school boys and girls and six of their caregivers, from two different Tokyo Area children’s homes, to Miyagi Prefecture by bus for three days to volunteer, gain greater confidence and receive natural disaster awareness and preparedness training.  Earlier this month, we took 30 senior high school boys and girls and one teacher from a Tokyo Area international school to Miyagi Prefecture by bus for two days to volunteer. 



Each group helped Saito-san and his wife in Yamamoto-Cho (Miyagi Prefecture) pull weeds from  two negi (Japanese long onion) fields.  At first there were so many weeds one could barely see the negi, but gradually one could see more and more negi as the weeds were pulled away.  The September trip was just before a powerful typhoon day so the high school students were able to help Saito-san as he built further ground support for the negi. 

 

Ogatsu in Miyagi Prefecture was completely devastated by the tsunami and is still far from being ready for reconstruction and redevelopment.  

A local resident built a Rose Garden near the land where her mother perished in the tsunami to calm the souls of those who perished in the tsunami and so that former residents and visitors can once again see beauty when they first enter Ogatsu.  It is also a place where families go to grieve the loss of their loved ones in the tsunami.  The garden keeps growing every year and now includes a grove of olive trees and a small cafe selling ice cream and homemade baked goods and herbal drinks.  The founder now wants to create jobs at the garden through the olive grove and the cafe so that young people will want to work and live in the Ogatsu Area. The garden cannot be maintained without the support of volunteers. 



Earlier this month, the 30 senior high school students volunteered at the rose garden by weeding the mounds around each olive tree and by planting hydrangea plants. 



The children from the Tokyo Area children’s homes also received natural disaster awareness and preparedness training. Saito-san shared his experiences during the tsunami and stressed the importance of taking action to protect oneself by going to the nearest highest ground no matter what others may say.  The first group of 14 teenage boys visited Ishinomaki and the Kadonowakicho Area, which had over 4,250 residents prior to the tsunami and was completely washed away by the tsunami.  The second group of 18 junior and senior high school students visited Arahama Elementary School near Sendai where the elementary school students, their teachers and some local residents took refuge on the roof of the school while the tsunami tragically washed away the surrounding community.  All of the children learned the importance of knowing where to go in the case of an emergency and to take refuge immediately. 



Children living in children’s homes do not get to enjoy summer holidays with their families like their classmates at school.  When Hands On Tokyo takes children from Tokyo Area children’s homes to Tohoku for volunteering during the summer holidays, we also include some fun activities for the children. The first group of 14 teenage boys visited Matsushima, one of the three most scenic places in Japan, where they rode a boat around Matsushima Bay, painted wooden kokeshi dolls and played retro games at a local museum. In the evening, at their request, they were able to enjoy fireworks. The second group of 18 children learned a lot about the fishing industry in Ogatsu from local fishermen and the fishermen and their wives taught the children how to prepare sashimi from different types of fish.  Then everyone enjoyed a delicious BBQ together.  After visiting Arahama Elementary School, the children were also able to enjoy a nearby beach before returning to Tokyo. 



These volunteer trips are very impactful on the children and their caregivers.  For the children who are the beneficiaries of volunteer activities at their children’s homes, these volunteer trips are an opportunity to experience volunteering themselves, to gain new experiences and life skills, and to gain further self confidence. The children greatly appreciate the opportunity and are still benefiting from all that they learned and experienced. Many want to volunteer again and they have encouraged others in their group homes to volunteer in the future.  These volunteer trips are also an important opportunity for the caretakers to better understand each child’s fullest potential. 



There is still so much to be done and there are still many people in need of encouragement and support in Tohoku.  With your generous support, we will continue to organize volunteer trips to help farmers and others in Tohoku as they continue to work hard to further rebuild their lives.  Before the end of this year, we will organize at least four more of these volunteer trips to Tohoku.  



Thank you very much in advance for your continued generosity, for touching the hearts and souls of so many people in Tohoku and for helping provide these life changing volunteer opportunities to so many children living in children’s homes, and to other children living, in the Greater Tokyo Area.  



Slowly but steadily the road to recovery is being paved.  

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