Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.

by Civic Force
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Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Flood & Landslide Relief in Japan. We Need You.
Reconstruction Cram School
Reconstruction Cram School

NPO Partner Projects was launched in August 2018 to support the reconstruction efforts of the areas affected by the West Japan floods. Projects has so far supported seven partner organizations in three prefectures.

The NGO Collaboration Center - “Reconstruction Cram School” for Aid Workers and Local People

The NGO Collaboration Center operated bus services for volunteers in Saka Town, Hiroshima Prefecture immediately after the onset of the disaster. The Center also organized volunteers to provide footbaths for the affected people once a month. Utilizing the experience and network of the past disaster support projects, the Center organized the “Reconstruction Cram School” for aid workers and local people to provide them with an opportunity to study cases of disasters and reconstruction efforts in other areas. Although the collaborative projects with Civic Force was completed at the end of April, the NGO Collaboration Center is steadily continuing its assistance efforts.

Hichiku Volunteer Center (Currently called Riera) - Study Tour to Disaster-Affected Areas for Aid Groups

Hichiku Volunteer Center, based in Ehime Prefecture, organized a study tour titled “Learning from the Affected Areas” in May. Around 30 people from local groups in Uwajma City participated in the tour. The group visited Asakura City and Toho Village in Fukuoka Prefecture and Hita City, Ohita Prefecture, which were affected by the Northern Kyushu torrential rain in 2017. The participants met and discussed with local residents who were involved in the reconstruction efforts for temporary housing and local businesses. One participant said, “We learned about the disaster recovery efforts in Kyushu which began one year before ours. They show me what we should do next for our own community.”

Soul Visiting Nurse Station - Providing Opportunities to Meet with Doctors

Soul Visiting Nurse Station, based in Mabi Town, Okayama Prefecture, operates more than 120 home visits a month. At the same time, they host a community café several times a month to provide a place for local people to socialize and promote visiting nurse practices. Soul is also involved in disaster prevention study. The staff members visited Joso City, Ibaraki Prefecture in June 2019, which was damaged by torrential rain in 2015, and met with local residents and medical professionals involved in the disaster reconstruction efforts.

Arts and Sports for Everyone (ASE) - Boccia Gathering in the Affected Areas of Okayama and Hiroshima Prefectures

Building upon the experience of the Kumamoto Earthquake, Arts and Sports for Everyone (ASE) aims to prevent isolation of temporary housing residents. ASE held a boccia* gathering at a reconstruction event for Mabi Town in May. ASE organized another boccia gathering at the temporary housing area in Saka Town in July and facilitated socialization between the local residents.

Hichiku Volunteer Center's Study Tour
Hichiku Volunteer Center's Study Tour
Soul Visiting Nurse Station
Soul Visiting Nurse Station
Arts & Sports for Everyone
Arts & Sports for Everyone

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Since its launch in August 2018, Civic Force has been supporting local NPOs through NPO Partner Projects. 

 

Soul Visiting Nurse Station, which provides support in Mabi Town, Okayama Prefecture, has continued its activities using a trailer house lent by Civic Force as its temporary office. Soul Visiting Nurse Station hosts a disaster preparedness workshop regularly.

 

Riera, based in Oita Prefecture, who provides post-disaster community development and activities related to disaster preparedness, conducted a study tour targeting the affected communities in Uwajima City, Ehime Prefecture. The tour was participated by local NPOs and staff members from the municipality The group visited the Kyushu region which was devastated by heavy rainfall in 2017 and learned about the reconstruction and lessons learned. The participants discussed tailored assistance to temporary housing residents and the importance of involving local residents in the disaster recovery process.

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Civic Force launched NPO Partner Projects in the areas affected by the West Japan Floods in August 2018. While the projects have supported recovery efforts through 7 organizations in 3 prefectures, the journey to full recovery has just begun. Your continuous support is greatly appreciated.

 

Hichiku Volunteer Center: Post-Disaster Recovery Event being held in Uwajima-shi, March 2019

Hichiku Volunteer Center based in Uwajima-shi, Ehime Prefecture, participated in a reflection meeting held by the Uwajima Disaster Volunteer Center and shared their assistance activities and disaster preparedness plans moving forward. Hichiku Volunteer Center, in cooperation with a local CSO, held a mobile hot spring event and supported local farmers. At the end of March, Hichiku Volunteer Center is planning on holding a post-disaster recovery event and monitoring trip to Kyushu to visit the areas affected by the Northern Kyushu Flood in 2017.

 

Disaster Area NGO Collaboration Center: Supporting Community Mutual Assistance Efforts

Although the lives of flood victims have settled after moving into temporary housing, the number of people suffering from insomnia and other physical ailments is on the rise. The Disaster Area NGO Collaboration Center is providing self-care activities such as foot baths and haircuts. Moving forward, building on their experience from the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995, the Center is planning on managing community mutual assistance efforts and providing disaster recovery lectures.

 

Soru Home Visiting Nurse Station: 3/31 DRR Workshop in Anticipation of Summer Weather Disasters

Soru Home Visiting Nurse Station continues their activities based out of a temporary trailer office provided by Civic Force. Once or twice a month, they provide communal spaces where community residents can gather and host community events such as a communal café and health check-ups. The Station is also working on disaster preparedness in anticipation of the rainy season this year and planning on hosting a DRR workshop on March 24.

 

Okayama Mind “Kokoro” 3/30 “Mutual-Assistance Center Mabi” Launch Event

Okayama Mind “Kokoro” is an NPO working on mid to long-term recovery efforts in Mabi-cho, Okayama Prefecture. Kokoro hosts meetings for a local networking group, community re-building activities, and music events every month. In November, “Mutual-Assistance Center Mabi” opened its door to meet the needs of the community residents such as consultation services and car pick-up services. On March 30, they plan to host a kick-up event to commemorate its establishment.

 

Arts and Sports for Everyone (ASE): Bringing the experience of Kumamoto Earthquake for Boccia Event

ASE envisions a society where everyone can enjoy arts and sports together regardless of their disabilities. ASE has hosted Boccia* events in Kumamoto Prefectures after the earthquake in 2017 and began needs assessments for similar activities in the disaster affected areas in Hiroshima and Okayama Prefectures.

*Boccia is practiced by people with severe cerebral palsy or no limb function. It is one of the competitive sports in the Paralympic Games.


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This year, Japan suffered from an unprecedented number of natural disasters:an earthquake Northern Osaka Prefecture in June, Western Japan Floods in July, numerous typhoons, and earthquake in Hokkaido in September: Areas of Western Japan such as Okayama, Hiroshima and Ehime Prefectures, were particularly hit hard with torrential rains with over 200 people killed by the resulting floods and landslides. Subsequent large typhoons only exacerbated the damage.

Many of the evacuation shelters in the affected areas have already been closed, and the evacuees have begun to move into temporary houses. However, many evacuees still say that the disaster had completely changed their lives and their situations remain the same. In addition to an increasing number of companies and welfare facilities going out of business, some towns are facing new challenges of population decline. Reconstruction of the affected towns is now entering a crucial phase and will continue into next year and beyond.

This edition of the newsletter reports on our disaster relief activities in the areas affected by the Western Japan Floods and the Hokkaido Earthquake. It also includes a report on a study camp for scholarship students that was organized as a part of the “Dream Support Project” of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

http://www.civic-force.org/english/news/docs/NewsLetterVol.16en.pdf

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Inspecting Tenno Megumi
Inspecting Tenno Megumi

With your help, Civic Force has been supporting the victims of the West Japan floods since the disaster struck in early July. One area of need we identified was helping children return their lives to a semblance of normalcy. Tenno Megumi, a kindergarten located in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, needed our help to re-open its doors for young students to return. On August 8, we delivered 183 books to the kindergarten that Oheso, a nursery school in Saga, had collected.

"We wanted to do something for the schools and children's playrooms that were heavily damaged by the floods in July," said the principal of Oheso. In collaboration with other teachers and Civic Force, Oheso was able to collect an additional 322 books that were delivered later on August 30.

Civic Force also installed air conditioners at Tenno Megumi. This summer was particularly hot in Japan with an unprecedented heatwave killing at least 65. The school needed air conditioners to give the students a safe space throughout the day. During disaster recovery, returning children to their normal lives is critical to their mental health and helps their families rebuild their lives.

In late August, Civic Force delivered water containers from Dow Chemical to victims in Sawara, Hiroshima. Many disaster-affected areas did not have access to clean water for weeks, forcing victims to collect water from distribution centers. These water containers allowed victims to bring clean water back to their homes.

Since July, Civic Force has been working through our NGO partnership network to respond efficiently to the varied needs of disaster victims around the Okayama, Hiroshima, and Ehime Prefectures. This allowed for the quick allocation of resources, both human and financial, to reach those in need. One such partnership, the Disaster Area NGO Partnership Center, helped provide shuttle buses for volunteers from four different sites reach disaster-affected areas.

Another partnership was with the Hikuchi Volunteer Center in Ehime. We helped to continuously update needs assessments, organize and coordinate volunteer dispatch, and provide construction tools to volunteers and victims.

It has been a busy summer for Japan. Disaster after disaster struck, sometimes one right after the other, leaving emergency responders scrambling. Civic Force would like to thank all those who donated to relief efforts in Japan and for keeping us in your thoughts. Please continue to support us and the many volunteers invested in West Japan.

Delivering books to Tenno Megumi
Delivering books to Tenno Megumi
Installing air conditioners at Tenno Megumi
Installing air conditioners at Tenno Megumi
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Kaori Neki
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