Children participate in a snack-making activity
Over two years have passed since Kumamoto earthquake survivors moved into temporary housing. Families are doing their best to make a new life for themselves. As time passes, it becomes difficult for families to remain hopeful that they will leave. This burden of uncertainty takes its toll, especially on the elderly. With the often dreary months during fall and winter, this frame of mind can lead to isolation and depression, making it difficult for people to seek support and social engagement.
Peace Winds is partnering with local NGOs to improve engagement by hosting community events and social activities for residents. Plans are underway for get-togethers for Culture Day (November 3), Labor Thanksgiving Day (November 23), the Emperor's Birthday (December 23-24), Christmas (December 25), New Year (January 1-3), Coming of Age Day (January 8), National Foundation Day (February 11-12), and Girls’ Festival (March 3). The local township leaders urge community involvement while they continue to assess and meet the needs of the residents. Township leadership during these difficult fall and winter months is critical and welcomed by the residents, especially children and the elderly.
Peace Winds’ priority is to encourage bonds among community members, enhancing solidarity and support of each other. As our Kumamoto project draws down, Peace Winds ensures the township leaders have the training and tools/supplies to keep their communities engaged, to provide counseling, and to encourage and reassure families.
We are most grateful for your kind support to these families. Our successful projects have helped Kumamoto families toward recovery and resilience.
Our sincerest gratitude -- arigatou gozaimashita!