IsraAID has been conducting post-trauma workshops in Tohoku during which we came to realize that the people feel the need to share their stories of survival and endurance. For many of the participants, sharing their stories helps to unload the burden of events that changed their lives. For the elderly people it is a chance to leave a massage for future generations. For the community the archive serves as a historic monument for the community endurance and memorial for the dead.
"Voices of Tohoku" had trained a group of local volunteers that will document oral history. The final product will serve both the individuals affected and the community at large. - Each community video archive will include the guided stories of those who are interested in telling his/her story. - Each community will also be featured in a short documentary film that tells its story. - Each participant will receive a book about the community and a copy of their "Life story" on DVD.
The affected communities that suffered from the events on March 2011 could move forward in their lives with a new sense of collective memory. The individuals participating in the project will have a gift to pass on to future generations. For this purpose HP has donated the printing of 3000 books for the residents of Tohoku. In addition, the collected stories could be used for qualitative research on disaster prevention.
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