Sponsor Fellows for Tohoku and Japan's Recovery

 
$10,422
$157,578
Raised
Remaining
Feb 19, 2014

Gouta's Story: Ishinomaki 2.0

Gouta (right) with a Fellow
Gouta (right) with a Fellow

Before 3.11, Gouta Matsumura, the president of ISHINOMAKI 2.0, used to support communities in the coastal city of Ishinomaki. The earthquakes and tsunami on March 11th severely affected  his office, which was situated nearby a river, causing flooding on the ground floor and demolition of nearly the half of the building. In the beginning of the disaster recovery, he was working hard to clean mud and rubles. Gradually, more and more people, including volunteer staff from less affected regions, also joined the cleaning.

This was how ISHINOMAKI 2.0 started as an established organization that aims to involve both the locals and volunteers in community re-building in Ishinomaki. Declaring a mission of making Ishinomaki a city of openness and creativity, the organization has actively developed a variety of activities, such as publishing free magazines, organizing events, providing spaces for community activities, broadcasting radio programs, and running an affordable accommodation. Two staff members newly joined the organization in April, 2013, and since then, they have contributed to accelerating the organizational development.

Gouta hopes that, towards 2017, ISHINOMAKI 2.0 will catalyze more bottom-up initiatives for the town of Ishinomaki, which will hopefully boost communication between the locals and non-locals within the community.

Links:

Feb 11, 2014

Fellow's Story: Healthcare Support for Local People

local people come to their class for exercise
local people come to their class for exercise

Ishinomaki city, Miyagi prefecture was enormously damaged by the earthquake on March 11, 2011. Tsunami destroyed almost all area of the center of Ishinomaki city except uplands. Out of a population of 160,000, about 4,000 people were killed or went missing. About 25,000 houses were completely or partially destroyed.

In 2013, Mr. Daigo Hashimoto, who had worked in Ishinomaki as a Fellow, launched “Local Health Support Project” in the north area of Isninomaki city, where the population aging rate approaches to 30%. This project aims to promote better health of local people. He came to Tohoku in May 2011 as a Fellow. Utilizing his expertise as a physical therapist, he supported rehabilitation program in temporary housings, while coordinating volunteers. After his working period as a Fellow, he decided to stay at Ishinomaki city in order to launch the new project. ETIC supported him through our incubation program in Tohoku.

In “Local Health Support Project”, they provide day service to elderly people. They also developed fitness program for rehabilitation to prevent elderly people to fall sick and rely on the nursing-care insurance support. Six months have passed since the launch on May 2013, and now about 40 people aged among 40s to 90s use their services.

They also hold exchange events with local users, and help to establish network among local experts of medical and nursing care fields. They plan to involve local inhabitants as health supporters and to construct environment for local inhabitants to take care of their health by themselves.

“There are many aging areas and depopulation areas across Japan. I want to expand our model to other areas” Mr. Hashimoto says. 

Also provide opportunities to interact with others
Also provide opportunities to interact with others
Oct 21, 2013

Fellow's story: Kesennuma Smart City Project

Forest Academy to learn about forest industry
Forest Academy to learn about forest industry

Kesennuma city is one of the worst-hit places in the Japan’s quake disaster, extremely damaged by tsunami and widespread fire. Kesennuma city reported more than 1,000 of its 70,000 citizens were dead and the figure of damaged housings rose to at least 15,000.

In Kesennuma city, “Smart City Project” was launched through collaboration between the local government and local companies. The project aims to promote city-planning including energy system redesigning and community building.

Mr. Masaki Takahashi, a president of Kesennuma Regional Energy Development Co., has been working on a new challenge to promote and industrialize renewable energy system with utilization of woody biomass. With a concept of “For the city of Forest, Ocean and Mountain”, Mr. Takahashi established a project to create biomass fuels using woody pellet from local thinned wood as an energy source. Electronic power plant using local unutilized wood resources is an unprecedented attempt in Japan.

They started “Forest Academy”, including a training lecture of how to use a chain saw, has brought a connection between local forest owners and those who want to start forestry business. They also created a monetary unit of local currency “Reneria” in order to circulate the benefits of the forestry business within the local community. As of now, Reneria can be used in more than 180 shops in Kessennuma city.

Ms. Yuko Goto joined this project as a Fellow from May 2012 after 15 years of engagement as a system planner in a big enterprise in Tokyo. Utilizing an abundant experience of designing operation and system development from past carrier, she took charge of developing the supply system of woody biomass fuels. She played a critical role in executing questionnaire surveys, holding training lectures, making purchasing rule of thinned wood and managing monetary unit of local currency. As a result, about 70 people participated in the workshop and they could gather 600 tons of lumber, which was a lot more than they had expected.

She is still remaining in Kesennuma city and continues implementing the project after one year Fellowship period.

Forest Academy to learn about forest industry
Forest Academy to learn about forest industry
Jun 14, 2013

Update from Tohoku Fellows

Rikuzentakata Shopping Street Project
Rikuzentakata Shopping Street Project

Seitaro Kuroda, Rikuzentakata Shopping Street Project

Before the earthquake, Rikuzentakata city in Iwate prefecture, one of the areas where we send Fellows, had a population of 24,246. By the disasters, 1,787 inhabitants died or went missing. In addition, over 1,000 inhabitants have moved out of city after the disaster.

As we have reported in the past report, “Rikuzentakata Shopping Street Project” was launched to build new shopping street using containers and prefabricated building in Rikuzentakata city, with shop owners who suffered devastating damage from the disaster.

Finally, the shopping street held its grand opening in March 2013, two years after the disaster. They aim to rebuild the shopping street as a fun community place to stay for local inhabitants, from children to elderly people. They hold events where local people can gather together—for example, “Kesen morning market”, which has a 300-year-old history in Rikuzentakata.

Mr. Seitaro Kuroda, who had been thinking of working for local revitalization, took part in this project as a Fellow last July. He is in charge of fundraising and PR, and conducted opening events.

*Please check their Facebook page to see latest pictures!

Takuya Yaguchi, Iwaki Organic Cotton Project 

Iwaki city in Fukushima prefecture is another area where we send Fellows. Since they accommodated the refugees from the nuclear disaster, their population has increased by 25,000 people. Now the friction between local people and refugees from other area is becoming a serious issue in the city.

“Iwaki Organic Cotton Project” cultivates organic cotton in deserted arable land, and develops products. The project provides opportunities for both local people and refugees to communicating with each other. Through these activities, they try to ease friction in the community while conserving farm land.

Mr. Takuya Yaguchi participated in this project as a Fellow January 2013. His main roles are managing cultivating plan for their 15 farms and planning how to sell their products. He is also promoting collaboration with other organizations in Fukushima prefecture.

*Please check their Facebook page to see latest pictures!

Iwaki Organic Cotton Project
Iwaki Organic Cotton Project

Links:

Feb 11, 2013

Update: 127 Fellows have worked for 63 projects

Profile of Fellows
Profile of Fellows

We would like to express our deepest appreciation for your generous supports to our recovery efforts. Almost two years have passed since the earthquake. As a matter of course, people’s memory of the disaster is gradually diminishing. However, thanks to your continuous support we have been able to promote the Fellowship Program steadily.

Since the launch of Fellowship program just after the earthquake, we have selected 127 Fellows from 353 applications and dispatched them to 63 projects led by good recovery leaders. Your support covered stipends and related expenses.

We will continue to explore good leaders, recruit good Fellows and provide various supports to them. Your continuous support would be highly appreciated.

Project example: Community and Livelihood Support Project for damaged residents

Location: Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Pref.
Organization: Health and Life Revival Council in Ishinomaki district (RCI)

This project consists of two units: the medical care & health unit and the community & life unit. There are approximately 12,000 households where the residents had once evacuated but then returned to their damaged housings in Ishinomaki city and Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture. The medical care & health unit has visited each of these households and conducted health and life assessments since October 2012. All the data collected through the assessments are stored in the database that is referred to by the Residence Support Specialists to provide appropriate health cares to each household. The community & life unit works together with the medical care & health unit, other organizations, government, and companies to rebuild the bonds among local community. It supports community recovery and provides relevant information to the victims to restart independent living.

A Fellow Kanako Tsuchiya has worked for the community & life unit since 11/5/2012. She has a major role in coordinating local organizations and community recovery. Her business background as a consultant greatly helps the unit that originally consisted of health-care professionals only to accelerate its project including operational improvements.

Category of 63 projects
Category of 63 projects
Kanako Tsuchiya, Fellow working for RCI
Kanako Tsuchiya, Fellow working for RCI

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Donation Options
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

ETIC

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan
http://www.etic.or.jp/

Project Leader

Koji Yamauchi

Director
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo Japan

Where is this project located?