3.11 disaster had left hundreds of thousands homeless. Tohoku's close-knit traditional community support system collapsed, but victims managed to create a new community at the temporary housing site during few years of their residency. But each of them has to move on to find a permanent home now. Those who chose the public disaster housing face the challenge of building a community from zero. True recovery depends upon successful development of a supportive and resilient community.
Community workshops with elements of psychosocial care will be conducted for the new residents of public disaster housing, to offer opportunities of "ice-breaking" between strange neighbours, to communicate and understand each other. Through various tailor-made workshops containing music, dance, drawing, yoga, culinary and cultural activities, we will help improve communication. Self-care workshops for Community Supporters will be provided to enforce sustainability of community support system.
Communities that are supportive, friendly, and resilient will be formed, and the close relationships between people and mutual support system of the community will contribute to mitigating serious issues such as social withdrawal, PTSD, and solitary death. We will support residents of disaster permanent housing (801 households in Ofunato, 895 in Rikuzentakata, and 3250 in Ishinomaki) and temporary housing, social workers, and other community supporters.