Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas

by Japan IsraAID Support Program


5 years after the powerful tsunami which destroyed nearly 400,000 houses, many victims are still continuing their endless journey to find a new "home" where peace can be found. Whilst they struggle to adjust to a new environment, they are placed under extreme stress, and suffer isolation and depression. It is thus crucial that the residents of each new community can develop strong bonds with others. Through this project, JISP aims to support the local efforts to build a resilient community
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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.

Long-Term Impact

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.



Organization Information

Japan IsraAID Support Program

Location: Sendai - Japan
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Mayumi Yoshida
Japan IsraAID Support Program Country Director
Sendai, Miyagi Japan

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