Building Resilience in Japan

by International Medical Corps
Sep 7, 2012

Uniting Evacuee Communities in Fukushima

A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.
A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.

As part of our work to address the long-term needs of earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, we’re supporting seven community spaces in temporary housing sites in Minami-Soma City and two community spaces in shopping malls in Iwaki City. 

With the help of one of our local partners, Shapla Neer, one of the spaces we're supporting is called Buratto, which roughly translates into "swinging by".  The community space is open six days a week in a shopping mall that is easily accessible to those living in the neighborhood.  It offers a kids’ corner, a safe alternative for parents who feel uncomfortable letting their children play outside due to concerns about radiation exposure in Fukushima.  

These community spaces are bringing together host and evacuee communities to support each other through the rebuilding process.  We’re able to provide these safe spaces for survivors because of your support.  On behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you!

Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.



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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Erica Tavares
Director, Resource Development
santa monica, CA United States

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