Japan Kyushu earthquake response

by IsraAID
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Japan Kyushu earthquake response
Yoga Therapy for children
Yoga Therapy for children

In the past year, Japan IsraAID Support Program (JISP) reached over 2,828 people affected by devastating earthquakes. JISP extends its deepest gratitude to all of you who made this possible; to the donors, the volunteers and specialists who participated in this program, and to the people of Kumamoto.

JISP is committed to continuing its psycho-social activities in Kumamoto in 2017. You can become a part of the Kumamoto program this year as well! Help us to continue to reach out to the most vulnerable groups affected by the earthquake.

What have we been doing in Kumamoto?

JISP initiated relief-activities in Kumamoto, Japan in April 15, 2016. At the first stage, we distributed food and water to over 2,000 people. At the second stage, JISP’s specialists conducted a needs-assessment, and at the third state, the organization launched psycho-social relief activities targeting children, parents, school-teachers, and foreign residents living in the area.

What are we planning for 2017?

In 2017, the Kumamoto program will focus on children suffering from post-disaster stress as well as foreign residents.Together with its local partners, JISP clinical psychologists will provide Yoga Therapy sessions for children in elementary schools, and conduct long-term trainings on disaster preparedness and leadership for the foreign minorities who experienced tremendous trauma at the time of the disaster due to lack of social support.

But…to do that, we need your kind help.

Starting from April 13, exactly a year after the earthquakes hit Kumamoto, GlobalGiving will initiate a “matching campaign”. This means that each incoming donation to the Kumamoto program will be 100 % matched by GlobalGiving!

We need your help raising awareness and funds for the Kumamoto program - remember to donate on the April 13! There is a lot more work to be done and with your amazing support we can make a lasting difference in these wonderful people’s lives. Thank you!

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Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids

With your kind support, JISP continues its relief efforts in Kumamoto, focusing on extending psycho-social support to the evacuees in the temporary shelters and to the foreign community in the area. Our program brings experienced clinical psychologists to the field, combining direct contact with those affected by the earthquakes as well as with those working with disaster preparedness.

Please find a few examples of actvities from the last months;

  • A JISP psychologist trained 40 participants in knowledge and skills related to the human mind and disasters, especially tailored to those supporting foreign residents in Japan . The meeting discussed the handeling of the Kumamoto Earthquake and was held in Kumamoto International Centre.  
  • Yoga therapy session for 23 kids from the Kengun Higashi and Higashimachi elementary schools was held by another JISP staff. The session began with a self-introduction; the kids did so with much confidence. They later practiced breathing, movement of the body and even offered massage to each other. Before the disaster, the kids from these two schools did not have many opportunities to meet eachother; now both schools use the same sport facility.

Once again, thank you for supporting our programs!

 

Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
Yoga-therapy session for elementary school kids
During training session
During training session
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Yoga Japan
Yoga Japan

On September 27th, JISP held Yoga sessions at Higashimachi Primary school in Kumamoto City for the children with special needs, their parents and teachers. In the first session, Ms. Ohtaki, JISP’s specialist on post-disaster psychosocial care and a Yoga instructor offered a Yoga session to 9 parents and 4 children from Higashimachi elementary school in Kumamoto. In the second session, Ms. Ohtaki also offered Yoga sessions to the Nakayoshi Class(a class for children with special needs) a total of nine children. This was the second time that JISP had offered Yoga class to these children, and they seemed to be more focused and comfortable this time, and the second grade children were even able to perform meditation! After the session, the children felt much more relaxed and even performed their own dance and songs. Since the earthquake, there has been additional psychical and emotional burdens on the children and the parents. Through these sessions, the parents, teachers and the children were able to enjoy some relaxing time together and release the tensions that have been accumulating since the traumatic earthquakes. In the future, JISP plans to continue similar Yoga sessions not only for children with special needs but also for the teachers and parents who are placed under tremendous stress due to change of life environment, as a way of stress management and self-care. 

JISP Yoga
JISP Yoga
Yoga for Resilience
Yoga for Resilience
Children Doing Yoga
Children Doing Yoga
Yoga in Japan
Yoga in Japan
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    Starting with a magnitude-6.5 quake on April 14, a series of major earthquakes have hit the central Kumamoto area of Japan, causing deaths, injuries and widespread damage to the area’s residences and infrastructure. As aftershocks continue, tens of thousands of people have moved into evacuation centers which are doing their best to support the evacuees’ needs.

  Japan IsraAID Support program has been actively involved in providing disaster relief activities to the victims of the earthquake. To begin with IsraAID distributed to over 2000 people bananas, water and rice balls etc to people at the Kumamoto East ward city office while surveying the psychosocial needs of people in the districts of Mifune town, Mashiki town, and Minamiaso village etc. Currently, JISP has been conducting the following activities in collaboration with Kumamoto City International Center, and evacuation centers, and primary schools etc. 

Child friendly spaces

 JISP has been providing child friendly spaces workshops for children at evacuation centers and primary schools. Many of the children are still traumatized from the earthquake and live in fear as the after quakes continue. Currently there is also a lack of space for children to play and release their stress so these workshops enable the children to realize their energy in a positive way. On June 10th, JISP provided Yoga sessions for about 20 children with special needs at Higashi with a professional yoga instructor. These sessions helped the children to move their bodies and release tension that had been accumulating since the earthquake. 

PFA and disaster preparedness for Foreigners Living in Kumamoto

In May, JISP provided counseling sessions and psychological first aid (PFA) sessions for foreigners living in Kumamoto. There are about 4000 plus non -Japanese residents that live in Kumamoto, and many of them were at loss as to how to respond to the earthquake. for some of them it was the first time that they had even experienced an earthquake! In addition, many of them fell out of the aid relief networks due to language and religious barriers. In collaboration with Kumamoto City International Center, JISP provided knowledge and skills on how to respond to disasters and how to help others in need through PFA and group facilitation work. In July 16, JISP plans to hodl a disaster prevention training sessions for foreigners on how to understand the mechanisms of earthquakes and how to respond to earthquakes in the future. 

 We are very grateful for your continuous support. We look foraward to updating you further about our activities in Kumamoto in the following reports. 

 

 

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Location: Tel Aviv, Merkaz - Israel
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Project Leader:
Shachar Zahavi
Be'er Sheva, Be'er Sheva Israel

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