Machidukuri NPO Shinmachi Namie
In Namie Town, Fukushima….
“Even though we scatter ”
“wanna see my grandchild” “wanna see the face of my daughter” “wanna have a cuppa with my neighbor, Yocchan” ”wanna do gardening”, “wanna have cows” “ wanna run my business” “wanna go fishing in Takase River” “wanna see sunrise at Ukedo port” “wanna see my classmates”…
These are the voices of the people of Namie Town, who had to scatter all over Japan due to the radioactive contamination. Even now the entire population of the town, over 20,000, is forced to live away from home.
The town locals founded “Machidukuri NPO Shinmachi Namie” and they have been holding social events for Namie locals in various locations such as Sapporo, Nagoya, and Hakata. Living apart from each other they felt as if the home town abandoned them. However, after sharing their concerns with other, they gained back smiles and encouraged to go on to the next step.
“To ‘connect’ person to person is the power of resilience and this is the task only achieved by the civil society. We will reflect the voices of the people to the reconstruction of the town in corporation with the Welfare Council, the Volunteer Center and NPOs. The director Mr. Kanakura said.
This is a story from “Machidukuri NPO Shinmachi Namie” funded by JPF 8th and 9th round of “Stand by Together Fund”