Animals
 Japan
Project #10670

Rebuilding 10000 lives in Japan - youth leadership

by IsraAID
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What are the youth who participeted in the Youth Leadership Program up to now?

The Nepalese and Japanese youth that participated in the Youth Leadership Program in 2015 are now back in their communities and actively involved in leading social activities. The Nepalese youth gather together once every two weeks at IsraAID Nepal to discuss how they can have an impact on their communites. Just this winter, the Nepali students created a project to distribute blankets, gloves, woolen caps and other winter items to children living in a remote mountainous area in Sindhupalchowk district, an area hard hit by the earthquake. Also a team including youth students Sharma and Tamang perfomerd a simple art therapy session and shared their knowledge about disaster preparedness with young Nepali children in hope that they will share their knowledge with their families and communities. In Tohoku, the youth are activlely involved in gathering donations for social projects and sharing what they have learned. Haruka, a Tohoku student has written an article on what PFA is how it can be utilised in disaster areas, even by high school students!  http://tobira.socialstudy.biz/activation/pfa

IsraAID, the youth from Nepal and Japan are now discussing about implementing another social project in Nepal. They are discussing what they can do together to improve the conditions in Nepal, a developing country. We would appreciate your donations so that their next joint project can be realised! 

IsraAID is planning to expand this program to connect Tohoku youth with other disaster afflicted areas of the world. 

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Nepali students in a preparatory meeting
Nepali students in a preparatory meeting

What is the Youth Leadership Project ?


The Youth Leadership Project brings together young people from disaster areas and train them in leadership and disaster-response skills. The young people will be also offered the opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku and Nepal.

What is New in The Project since the Last Report?

Well, a lot.


To recall, in the past few months we have initiated a contact between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal. As the first step, the students in Tohoku raised donations for high school students in Nepal affected by the recent earthquakes there.

As the second step, we have initiated a “Pen-Pal” project between the students in which they shared their every-day lives, hopes for the future and also their disaster experience. Realizing the full potential in these bonds between young people in different disaster areas, the program had entered its third stage.

In the third stage, we are happy to announce that later this month, 5 high school students from Nepal will come to Japan for a 1 week intensive training with 5 high school students from Tohoku.

The 10 students will be trained by our professional team in leadership and disaster-response skills. Together, they will tour Tohoku and meet with young people who became leaders in their communities after the disaster had hit the area in 2011. The students will then create their own social project, receive feedback, and will implement it through 2016.


We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.

Thank you all for your generous support!

2 of the Tohoku students in a preparatory meeting
2 of the Tohoku students in a preparatory meeting
Sumi, an earthquake survivor and a participant
Sumi, an earthquake survivor and a participant
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Santosh. "I'd like to help victims of the quake"

"10 years from now, where do you see yourself?"
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On July 25, a group discussion with high-school students from Iwanuma and Katmandu was held at Japan IsraAID Support P office. Yukine, a young girl from Tohoku, and Susmita, a young Nepali girl residing in Sendai e-met Sumee, a 16 years old surviver of the recent earthquake in Nepal. The girls shared their thoughts about school life, their culture, and future's dreams.

This is the first e-meeting, to be continued as a "Pen-Pal" program between youth in Tohoku and Nepal!

Yukine and Susmita, in Sendai, Tohoku, during the skype conversatin with Sumee, in Kathmandu. 


Sumee, as seen from the computer screen in Sendai.

On August 27, JISP team members delievered a letter from Yukine, a high school students from Tohoku to Sumee, in Kathmandu. Currently JISP is in the process of planning a real exchange program between high school students from Nepal and Tohoku to be held in Tohoku this winter. Updates will follow!

Meeting Sumee in real life, in Kathmandu, and delivering a letter from Yukine.

Thank you very much for all your kind support.

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with TOMODACHI alumni and seniour managers, Japan IsraAID Support Program has launched a leadership program for high-school students in the affected areas. The program, "Tohoku For Nepal", aims to create a bridge between high school students in Tohoku and in Nepal, which was affected by a recent massic earthquake.
A group of high school students in Sendai contacted JISP about a potential aid project to high school students in Nepal.
As a first step, the students decided to organize a fund-raising drive.
On May 30 and May 31, 15 high school students collected funds in the streets of Sendai. In just few hours, the students were able to collect slighly more than 1,000 US Dollars. These funds, together with future fund-raising drives will be sent directly to a high-school in Nepal.

As a second step, JISP met with the students and decided to launch a "pen-pal" program between schools who have overcame the disaster in Japan 4 years ago and students in Nepal.

We will update you about the developments and progress of this unique program in the next report.

Thank you all for your generous support.

High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal
High school students raise funds for Nepal

Our mission is to empower the youth of Tohoku by supporting development of creativity skills.

About Youth Leadership Project:

Youth Leadership Project aims at offering workshop and experience to learn creative thinking, problem
solving and team building skills to young people in Tohoku area. The young people will be also offered the
opportunities to lead the social projects in the community and local schools, utilizing the skills they
learned, to become leaders in the local societies of Tohoku.

Summary of Activities:

Together with our partners from ADRA Japan and Hasselblad camera-maker company we have launched a project with seventeen high-school students who evacuated from Futaba city in Fukushima after the nuclear crises.

These seventeen students were evacuated on March 11th 2011, the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Being only five kilometres from the nuclear plant the high school remains inaccessible and students evacuated, without their possessions, to numerous schools around the prefecture. Since the disaster the students have been living in dormitories, in temporary accomodation or with families.

This current exhibition, "Keep on Smiling", is the memories of those students over the past three years of high school under the guidance of their form tutor, Takeshi Nakamura.
Their photos were displayed in the Hasselblad Japan gallery in Harajuku, Tokyo, between February 25 and March 6.

This unique documentation projects allows the students to reflect on their final months of high-school through the camera lens, learn and use photography techniques, and connect to their class-mates and teachers in a new way. It also allows for people who live far aways in Tokyo to connect to the students and their experience, hopes, and feelings.


We appreciate all your support and looking forward to continue our support for the youth in Tohoku.

 

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IsraAID

Location: Be'er Sheva - Israel
Website: http:/​/​www.israaid.co.il
Project Leader:
Shachar Zahavi
Be'er Sheva, Israel

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