Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan

by Japan International Support Program
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Supporting the Typhoon Hagibis Survivors in Japan
Drying the clothes dyed by indigo
Drying the clothes dyed by indigo

    We hope that that this finds you well and healthy in this very challenging time when every single one of us in the world is being challenged with many difficulties in lives due to the impact of corona crisis. 

    Since Oct 2019, JISP has been supporting the communities of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture (located in North-Eestern part of Japan), which was severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms to have hit the area in several decades. Like everywhere else in the world, the survivors's day-to-day life is being severely affected by the emergence of COVID-19 since early last year. 

    As a humanitarian organization, finding the right way to support the disaster survivors in the right way has been a challenge to JISP. Ultimately, we believe that it is our own immunity that can keep us strong, both physically and spiritually, allowing us to live our lives to the fullest. So, whist taking the best possible measures against virus spread, we continue to provide opportunities to the survivors to socialize, exercise, strengthen community support network. 

    As reported in our previous activity report, we have recently introduced  "Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise (Iki 100")" which was developed by a Physical Therapist in Kochi Prefecture of Japan, to prevent elderly people to live a healthy and lively life without a need of receiving nusing care (please refer to the previous report for more details). Despite our initial concern that attracting elderly people to gather in one place and exercise together in the current circumstances could be a great challenge, we now have over 20 regular participants who are experiencing positive changes in their physical and mental health! 

    We also try to provide the survivors with opportunities to enjoy traditional and cultural events. One of the community events was held on the 13th September, on which an indigo dying experience event was held for the community residents. The indigo was grown by the survivors themselves in the agricultural land near the temporary housing complex. Blessed with a summer-like sunlight and fresh autumn breeze, the participants enjoyed an opportunty to gather in small groups, and deepen the unity of the community! 

We would like to thank you for taking interest and reading our report, and for your continued support. 

 

JISP Team

A scene from Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise
A scene from Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise
A scene from indigo dying event
A scene from indigo dying event
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A scene from Iki-100 activity @ Dotesaki Community
A scene from Iki-100 activity @ Dotesaki Community

    Spring time is almost here and flowers are blossoming, however, Miyagi Prefecture, in which our project site Ohsato town is situated, has been under a state of emergency due to concerns of wider virus spread since end of March 2021. In addition to the various challenges that the survivors are already facing in their recovery process such as building, rehabilitating or relocating to a new home, emergence of COVID-19 since last year has been severely affecting their day-to-day life. 

     Elderly people are the most vulnerable, since they have become reluctant to go outside or socialise with each other, and this has lead to many issues related to physical and mental health, such as depression, lack of motivation, anxiety, sleeplessness, worseing of dimentia. developmemnt of new diseases and weakened physical strength. JISP believes that the best way to stay healthy is to build up our immune system through exercising, so we decided to start up a new activity to improve physical and mental health, especially of elderly people! 

     "Iki Iki 100 Years Old Exercise (Iki 100")" was developed by a Physical Therapist in Kochi Prefecture of Japan, to prevent elderly people to live a healthy and lively life without a need of receiving nusing care. It's a set of very simple muscle exercise using light weights that can be wrapped around the wrists and ankles, and it can be safely performed by following the intstuctions which will be provided by Physiclal Therapist during the first 4 weeks. Once the particiapnts have gained confidence, they can perform it together as a social & health activity! What's attractive about this exercise is that the participants can confirm improvement of their physical strength through quarterly check-ups by a Pysical Therapists. 

      We've just started up the activity in April, and we are very happy to see that the participants are enjoying the Iki 100 which is completely new to them! We look forward to more and more participation from our beneficiary communities. 

     We would like to thank you for taking interest and reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support. 

JISP Team

Initial health check-up of a participant
Initial health check-up of a participant
Working on led muscle!
Working on led muscle!
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A scene from Christmas event
A scene from Christmas event

We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. As the year 2020 approaches its' end, we are pleased to be in touch with you, and provide recent update of our on-going activities to support the Typhoon Hagibis survivors. 

Since Oct 2019, JISP has been supporting the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts on supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture, in North-Eestern part of Japan. Like anywhere else in the world, the survivors's day-to-day life is being severely affected by the emergence of COVID-19 since around Feb this year, and the pandemic is posing great challenges to their recovery process. 

       One of the greatest challenges that the pandemic has brought to the target community, especially to the elderly people, is isolation from society. Many survivors have become reluctant to go outside, and this has lead to many challenges such as decreased amount of excercise, depression, lack of motivation, anxieties and sleeplessness, and all of these issues are accelerating their physical and mental health issues. To address such challenges, JISP continues to provide tailor-made support to each family living in the temprary housing complex. For instance, we continue to hold weekley salon gathering, and we use our creativeness to incorporate fun activities such as simple execercise, singing and dancing. We also pay door-to-door visits to make sure that no one is left out of required support. Additionally, as many of the survivors practiced home gardening before the typhoon, we have provided agricultural tools and seedlings/sees so that they can enjoy cultivation of vegetables and flowers in planters, right in front of their temprary residence. Horticalcural approach is very effective for the community where home gardening is part of most family's life, and it gives them opportunities to get some execercise and create conversation with neighbors! 

     We are attaching some photos from the Christmas event which brought joys to many children and elderly people, as they enjoyed freshly cooked "takoyaki" (octopus dumpling) which is the favourite of almost any Japanese people. 

Again, we would like to thank you for taking interest in and supporting our activities. Despite the chaotic situation that the world is experiencing right now, we would like to wish you a Happy New Year and Good Health! 

JISP Team

     

Cooking takoyaki at a Christmas event!
Cooking takoyaki at a Christmas event!
Elderly survivors enjoying growing vegetables!
Elderly survivors enjoying growing vegetables!
Getting some exercise in weekly saloon gathering!
Getting some exercise in weekly saloon gathering!
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One of the saloon participants performing a dance
One of the saloon participants performing a dance

    We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. Here is our recent update on our on-going activities to support Hagibis survivors. 

    Since Oct 2019, JISP has been working to support the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts on supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture, in North-western part of Japan. Hoever, since February 2020, the suvivors who were in the midst of their recovery efforts started experiencing another crisis, COVID-19, which has been posing a great challenge to their day-to-day life. 

    One of JISP's focus of activities were to provide the residents of temporary housing complex with opporunities to socialise with each other so that a community support network can be created among people who came to live in one community from different areas. Due to measures established by the local government to prevent further spread of the virus, our weekly sloon activity had to be halted between March and July, however, during that time, we continued communicating with the suvivors through a door-to-door visit to ensure that they do not feel left out whenever they needed support. It is exciting to report, however, that the much awaited saloon activities restarted in early July, by taking strict measures to prevent spread of virus, such as tempature screening, hand washing and disinfection of the meeting room etc. The residents once again started socialising with each other, share the stories of the difficulties they face due to COVID-19 crisis and in rebuilng their lives, as well as fun activities such as dancing and singing. We heard many voices of the participants that the weekly gathering has become an important part of their lives. 

    As reported in our last Project Report, we have initiated a gardening activity at Hello Garden with the residents of the temprary housing complex, and we are now planning to expand the activity so that evryone can enjoy cultivating vegetables and growing flowers in planter boxes around the temporary house! We are now at the stage of making plans with the residents, and I look forward to reporting more on our new initiative in our next report. 

    Thank you very much for reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support! 

JISP Team

A scene from a weekly sloon
A scene from a weekly sloon
Gardening is also a chance of socialization!
Gardening is also a chance of socialization!
Successfully grown lettuce, waiting for harvest!
Successfully grown lettuce, waiting for harvest!
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An skilled farmer and a child enjoying farming!
An skilled farmer and a child enjoying farming!

We hope that you are staying safe and healthy in these worrying times. Through this report, we wanted to let you know that JISP is committed to continuing our on-going project to support Hagibis survivors. 

Since Oct 2019, JISP has been working to support the communities severely affected by Typhoon Hagibis, one of the most powerful tropical storms in several decades. Currently, we are focsing our efforts in supporting the people of Ohsato Town, Miyagi prefecture. 

Up until March this year, we had been providing weekly salon activities for the residents of temporary housing complex, as well as in affected communities of Naka Kasukawa ward, to provide survivors with an opportunity to socialise, enjoy activities such as dancing, music and exercising. With the increasing spread of COVID-19 throughout Japan, however, any activity involving close interaction between people had to be halted as of early April, in order to prevent wider spread. Because of the restrictions on activities by care providers and support organizations, the survivers' access to social activities, and psyhosocial and physical support had become even more limited. 

Our team had repeated discussions with the Heath & Welfare Dept of Ohsato Municipality and Soscial Welfare Council to see if there is any alternative way to continue supporting the survivors, while mitigating risks. As a result, we decided to establish "Hello Garden" where the survivors can enjoy farming, an activity which is inseparable part of most survivor's life but was taken away from them by last years flood. Wth the cooperation of a generous landlord who allowed us to use their farmland close to the temporary housing complex, we started up our Hello Garden Project in late April. On the opening day, a few residents including elderly couples, young mother and their small children enjoyed plowing the land and planting some vegetable. It is a small start, but we hope that the garden will eventually become a place which can provide joy and hopes for the residents of affected community! 

Thank you very much for reading our report, for your contibutions and your continued support! 

JISP Team

Project team checking the seedlings.
Project team checking the seedlings.
Deciding slots for each participating family.
Deciding slots for each participating family.
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Japan International Support Program

Location: Sendai, Miyagi - Japan
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Project Leader:
Mayumi Yoshida
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Sendai, Miyagi Japan
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