Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto

by OISCA International
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto
Community Revitalization Project in Kumamoto

Project Report | Jan 16, 2018
To the supporters of our project in Kumamoto

By Hiroki Hayashi | Project Coordinator

Briefing of volunteers prior to the activity.
Briefing of volunteers prior to the activity.

On behalf of the local residents of Nishihara Village especially the local farmers, we wish to extend our sincerest gratitude to the Global Giving Donors for your generous support to our project.

Compared with last year, the number of volunteers has declined to about one third. We felt the need to shift to a scheme for spreading volunteers more appropriately to elderly households and those farmers needing support. Concerning the declining number of volunteers, we intend to boost by planning and carrying out various promotional events.

From October to December, we have mobilized a total number of 243 volunteers who have helped 84 families. The volunteers helped in farming activities such as harvesting and post-harvesting of potatoes, planting garlic and Chinese cabbage seedlings, harvesting of yuzu, squash and taro.

The locals are aware that they cannot rely on the volunteers forever. Yet for now, there is really a need due to manpower shortage especially during the busy period. Moreover, families that are in need of support are the elderly farm households that due to old age cannot work properly. If they get out of agriculture (their main source of livelihood), they might lose the reason to live. With the presence of volunteers who can help even for a short time, their mental burden is somehow lessened.

It seems that sending volunteers in Nishihara Village not only helps the locals in their workloads but also, the volunteers brought a new stimulation that helps in the revitalization of the village. Moreover, as the volunteers work with the locals, they are incorporating new valuable skills/techniques in agriculture that can help improve the quality of farming of the locals.

Volunteers commented that they feel happy to see that the local farmers are gradually getting better. The volunteers are also appreciative of the vegetables and other agricultural products presented by the locals after the field work. Meanwhile, the Kumamoto Nishinichi Newspaper reported on the planned wedding of a couple who have met while volunteering in Nishihara Village. Local farmers are inviting to attend into their wedding.

On November 4, the organized Harvest Thanksgiving Festival was held with the participation of about 30 local farmers and 90 volunteers.

Volunteers during the Harvest Festival.
Volunteers during the Harvest Festival.
Sweet-potato post-harvesting.
Sweet-potato post-harvesting.
Harvesting of Japanese-yuzu.
Harvesting of Japanese-yuzu.
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Organization Information

OISCA International

Location: Suginami-ku, Tokyo - Japan
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Project Leader:
Ma. Grazen Acerit
Suginami-ku , Tokyo Japan

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