The 6.8M earthquake that hit the northern island of Hokkaido in the first week of September, caused a total blackout of all the homes in Hokkaido for 2 – 3 days. We sent a team to Hokkaido immediately to the epicenter along the Hidaka coast where there had been major landslides in the rural and mountainous area. After bringing in some initial supplies of food, water and generators, as a number of communities were severely affected, we started operating an on-site volunteer base in the town of Tomikawa at facility owned by a church. In cooperation with a network of churches in Hokkaido, volunteers came in to help families clear out their homes that had been severely damaged, and make some repairs. A total of 523 persons benefited from our activities in Hokkaido.
We have started a new project to set up the only Learning Center for children in the town of Hobetsu, near the epicenter that had been damaged beyond repair and will be demolished by the government. This project will purchase a Trailer House that will be used to provide a place for over 47 children to continue their extra-curricular learning programs, and activities to relieve post-traumatic stress. If you are interested in this project, more details are at the following link.
Thank you for your support of our efforts in Hokkaido.
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