To all the supporters of our project in Nishihara Village, Kumamoto
By Masataka Kawai | Project Coordinator
Mobilized volunteers while planting sweet potatoes
On behalf of the local residents of Nishihara Village, I wish to extend my deepest gratitude to the GlobalGiving donors.
After the 2016 earthquake, the population of the village dropped by half wherein most of them live in temporary housing. One of the consequences of village`s population decline is the difficulty of maintaining the public and communal lands. We helped solved this problem by mobilizing volunteers to help in mowing these lands, as well as helping the local villagers in their agricultural farms.
From April to June, the mobilized volunteers helped in planting of sweet potatoes and grass cutting of the village`s common and public lands. These months happened to be the busiest period for the local rice farmers. They were appreciative of the presence of the volunteers as they can focus in tending their rice farms.
Compared with last year, the number of requests from the locals has declined. As they are gradually working towards self-reliance, the locals knew that they cannot depend from the volunteers forever. As for the volunteers, they are aware of how they motivate the locals to start living again and it is fulfilling.
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