JEN has been carrying on the relief operations in Ishinomaki-city in Miyagi, which is one of the most severely affected municipalities. So far, we assessed needs to improve the quality of life of people who were affected by the earthquakes and the tsunami at the long-term level. Our operation has been shifting to the reconstruction activities, such as livelihood supports and rebuilding community networks rather than the initial emergency assistance and psychological first aid.
The Great East Japan earthquake and the tsunami devastated the vast coastal areas of Tohoku. It is now at the recovery phase. The affected regions have been facing the deep-rooted challenges such as the outflow of young generations, who are seeking job opportunities and better housing in outside the devastated cities, and also caretakers' increasing burden due to the rapidly aging communities and poverty which are revealed and worsened after 3.11.
JEN has encouraged the local people to meet other people from outside of Tohoku. It helps develop the friendship between the area suffering from depopulation and the others from outside of Tohoku in a different aspect. Seeking the lasting solutions for those issues, JEN's main roles are as follows: (1) joint project planning with partner organizations; (2) providing financial inputs, and (3) building capacities of the partner organizations by providing training and supporting advocacy.
JEN has worked with people from different background, generation and gender. Therefore, the support in above contributes to people's self-reliance that helps the reconstruction of the communities.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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