Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas

by Japan International Support Program
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas
Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas

Thank you for your support!
By JISP staff members


The Rebuilding Communities of Sanriku Coastal Areas Project facilitated healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011.  
We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community has emerged. 
With your kind support, in the past two years the project reached to 93 beneficiaries in various locations across the Sanriku Coastal Area. 
It was heart-warming to see the participants' positive attitude toward their new neighbors and toward their new community.

Due to various financial and Human-Resource reasons, JISP decided to bring the program to an end.

Thank you for all your support,  

JISP team

JISP is a Non-For-Profit, Non-Governmental, humanitarian organization.

JISP envisions a world where communities affected by potentially traumatic events such as disasters have access to high-quality and sustainable Psycho Social services. 
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In early July, the JISP team visited a newly established public housing complex of 9 house-holds in Ofunato town, Iwate Prefecture. 

This was the first time the new residents were able to gather together, in what became a precious opportunity to facilitate neighborly relations among the new community. 11 residents participated in the workshop.

JISP's Mental Health Psycho-Social Support Team, led by the facilitator Dr. Bijay Gyawali, introduced Nepali handwriting, culture, and food and the participants showed some great team-work. We also conducted a mindfulness session for the participants. 

It was heart-warming to see the participants' positive attitude toward their new neighbors and toward their new community.

Why Community Building?

6 Years after the triple disaster hit Tohoku, the majority of those who lost their homes in the Tsunami (about 470,000 people in total) have setteled in new homes. 

Still, 147,000 people still live in temporary housing across the Tohoku region (as of July 2016). 

86% of the people who found new homes reside in newly built public-housings (as of March 2017). 

But both those who found a new home and those who still live in termporary-housing often find themselves with new neighbours: the old social fabric was disrputed and the challenge is to create a renewed sense of community. 

The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011.  

We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community will emerge. 

Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

Entering the 7th year after the disasters, Japan IsraAID Support Program remains committed to the people of Tohoku, and continues to work to meet the current challenge of rebuilding communities. 


Thank you for your kind support!

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Activity Update

In April 22, JISP held a Community Building Workshop at a disaster public housing in Kawahara, Ohfunato city (Iwate prefecture). 

It was the second time we meet and we received a hearty welcome. 

JISP member Bijay introduced aspects of Nepali culutre and we made "Momo" (Nepali style Gyoza). After eating, we discussed the current situation in both Nepal and Tohoku. 

For the final part, we did some execrise, meditated and danced a local dance together. 

Spending this day with the resilient people of Iwate was a precious time. Thank you!

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Why Community Building?

6 Years after the triple disaster hit Tohoku, the majority of those who lost their homes in the Tsunami (about 470,000 people in total) have setteled in new homes. 

Still, 147,000 people still live in temporary housing across the Tohoku region (as of July 2016). 

86% of the people who found new homes reside in newly built public-housings (as of March 2017). 

But both those who found a new home and those who still live in termporary-housing often find themselves with new neighbours: the old social fabric was disrputed and the challenge is to create a renewed sense of community. 

The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011.  

We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community will emerge. 

Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

Entering the 7th year after the disasters, Japan IsraAID Support Program remains committed to the people of Tohoku, and continues to work to meet the current challenge of rebuilding communities. 


Thank you for your kind support!

Local residents dance in Nepali style
Local residents dance in Nepali style
Making Momo!
Making Momo!
Cultural exchange with Dr. Bijay Gyawali
Cultural exchange with Dr. Bijay Gyawali
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Community-Building Workshop in Ohfunato, 2016
Community-Building Workshop in Ohfunato, 2016

6 Years after the triple disaster hit Tohoku, the majority of those who lost their homes in the Tsunami (about 470,000 people in total) have setteled in new homes.

86% of those who found new homes reside in newly built public-housings (as of March 2017).

Still, 147,000 people still live in temporary housing across the Tohoku region (as of July 2016).

Those who found a new home often find themselves with new neighbours: the old social fabric was disrputed and the challenge is to create a renewed sense of community.

Those who still reside in termporary housing (many of which are senior citizens) face similar challenge.

The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011. 

We believe that by encouraging the residents of the Sanriku coastal areas to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings, a more supportive and resilient community will emerge.

Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

Entering the 7th year after the disasters, Japan IsraAID Support Program remains committed to the people of Tohoku, and continues to work to meet the current challenge of rebuilding communities.

Thank you for your kind support!

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The purpose of this project is to facilitate healthy interaction among residents and care providers of public housings and temporary housings, build after the triple disaster in March 2011. We believe that encouraging to communicate and express their thoughts and feelings will help create more supportive and resilience community for residents to empower themselves and to heal. Our aim is thus to help create a safe environment that promotes such interaction.

JISP conducted three community building workshops in Ohfunato (October 22-23):

1. 22 Oct AM: Support Center Tomioka (17 ppl)
2. 22 Oct PM: Kawara Disaster Public Housing (10 ppl)
3. 23 Oct AM: Kami Higashiyama (7 ppl)

Through activities such as art therapy activitiy, introduction of Nepali culture and the situation of recovery from last year’s disaster in Nepal, as well as joint cooking of Nepali dishes, JISP professionals facilitated stronger connection among the residents of new community (temporary & permanent residents).


Overall, 34 residents of temporary and public housing participated in the workshops.


One of the participants commented : "So many people from so many countries lent a hand after the Tohoku disaster. I will never forget it, and make an effort to tell that to the next generation".

JISP professional staff presents Nepali culture
JISP professional staff presents Nepali culture
Dr. Gyawali explains about the Nepali earthquake
Dr. Gyawali explains about the Nepali earthquake
Residents of the temporary housing experience Momo
Residents of the temporary housing experience Momo

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Japan International Support Program

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

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