brief break after harvesting taro.
On behalf of the local residents of Nishihara Village especially the local farmers, OISCA International wishes to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Global Giving Donors for your generous support to our project.
We felt the decline in the number of volunteers helping in our activities in Nishihara Village after Fukuoka Prefecture (Northern Kyushu) was affected by flashfloods. Most of our supporters, especially those living in Fukuoka felt the need to prioritize the flashflood victims.
Despite this situation, we are committed to reach out to help improve the quality of life of the earthquake survivors. We are collaborating with private companies and schools to mobilize volunteers. Moreover, we are organizing festivals such as potato digging competitions to entice volunteers to come and volunteer to the village.
From July to September, a total of 71 families were supported/assisted by the mobilized 263 volunteers. Activities include maintenance of the sweet potato and peanut fields, compost application for taro, maintenance of the chestnut and yuzu farm and harvesting of sweet potato and peanuts.
Apparently, the presence of the volunteers is encouraging the disaster survivors especially the aging farmers to continue farming. Moreover, the volunteers are of great help in coping with the manpower shortage during the busy period and or due to the sudden and unexpected situations.
Volunteers commented that as they get involved into the project, they felt the sense of fulfillment and they get exposed to farm work aside from the fact that it is also a good stress reliever. Meanwhile, one survivor whose father has suffered from sudden bone fracture almost gave up farming because of the thought that they will not be able to meet the deadline of the product shipment. The availability of 30 volunteers was really a big help as it made the work easier and it was fun.
On November 4, we will be organizing a Harvest Thanksgiving Event. The farm families of Nishihara Village are looking forward to meeting the volunteers who are helping them in their recovery.
We are looking forward to meeting the volunteers who have been helping us in this endeavor.
Even a small kid is doing his part.
The survivors happily mingling with the students.
Toshinori, 64 showing and student volunteer.