This project involves conducting interviews in the disaster affected regions of Tohoku (northern Japan).
Stories about disaster relief activities are collected from volunteers and locals. We aim to promote awareness of local NPOs in Japan and learn about support projects that can be applied globally. A copy of the storytelling form is available at the following links: www.globalgiving.org/s/279 (English) and www.globalgiving.org/s/276 (Japanese).
Since the March 2011 disaster a number of local non-profit organizations (NPOs) were started to assist Tohoku, Japan. Now that over two years have gone by it is getting more difficult for them to get funding. This problem is exacerbated by most Japanese in English abilities. Foreign donors know very little about the disaster relief projects, and often money goes to ineffective organizations with better PR campaigns.
This project will help the world learn more about the projects that local NPOs around Japan are doing. The storytelling will allow a wide variety of local people in disaster affected communities to share their opinions. The project also provides an educational activity for volunteers, most of whom are university students, to go out and collect interviews. It will help us learn about the good projects that a variety of organizations do.
The storytelling project is part of a wider Global Giving initiative that originally began in Africa. It has since developed to Japan and will soon be used in the UK. Both grant makers and researchers can use this free resource to support existing humanitarian projects and start new ones. The free online database will collect interesting and effective disaster relief activities and local organizations, and it will provide a link in English that small NPOs can use to advertise in English.