Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project

by Hands On Tokyo
Sep 4, 2012

We're building a Community Center ! "Ogatsu Housing Project"

Image of the Community Center
Image of the Community Center

Firstly, Hands On Tokyo would like to thank you all for your generous donations!

As the number of people for relief support is slowly beginning to decrease, HOT, in line with our mission as a volunteer portal to connect people to meaningful volunteer service opportunities, we conduct communication and interaction projects with the locals. We continue to actively engage volunteers in relief efforts at a pace of two three times every month.

 In our last report, we mentioned a little bit about the construction of a Community Center (the first building ever to be built in the town of Ogatsu, Miyagi prefecture after the March 11th disaster) . The materials (logs) for the house was transported to Ogatsu, where the Community Center will be built on March 28th. Although there was considerable delay from then till the start of construction due to labor and budget shortage (material fee and construction costs skyrocketed after the disaster), we are extremely pleased to announce that the groundbreaking of the "Ogatsu Community Center" took place just a few days ago on August 28th. The Community Center will act as a public facility where local residents can interact with one another and also with volunteers coming to this town from outside. Hands On Tokyo hopes to continue planning and providing meaningful projects revolving around this housing project, before, during and also after it's completion. We will be recruiting many vounteers to actually participate in building this log-house and we would like to continue asking for your generous support to help fund for this worthy cause!  The Community Center is planned to be completed around February, next year. I have attached image photographs of community center and a photograph of groundbreaking ceremony in Japanese traditional Shinto style for your reference . We hope you are as excited as we are about the start of this project and we appreciate your generous donations!

From our last report, we made 10 relief trips to Tohoku and held activies and events with nearly 200 volunteers, benefitting over 600 people. Please see respective detailed volunteer activities from the links below.


Image of the Community Center 2
Image of the Community Center 2
The famous HOT Cafe
The famous HOT Cafe
Groundbreaking Ceremony in Shinto Style
Groundbreaking Ceremony in Shinto Style



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Hands On Tokyo

Location: Tokyo - Japan
Website: http:/​/​www.handsontokyo.org/​en/​home
Project Leader:
Naho Hozumi
Tokyo, Japan
$83,171 raised of $99,000 goal
376 donations
$15,829 to go
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