On March 11, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck northeastern Japan and triggered a devastating tsunami. It was the strongest tremor to have hit Japan, and its effects are still felt in communities on the island today.
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Relief Assistance for Tohoku Earthquake Affected
JEN has been carrying on the relief operations in Ishinomaki-city in Miyagi, which is one of the most severely affected municipalities. So far, we assessed needs to improve the quality of life of people who were affected by the earthquakes and the tsunami at the long-term level. Our operation has been shifting to the reconstruction activities, such as livelihood supports and rebuilding community networks rather than the initial emergency assistance and psychological first aid. project reportread updates from the field
Support high school students in Tohoku
AMDA operated mobile clinics in evacuation shelters in cities stricken by the Earthquake and Tsunami. One of these shelters was a high school gym. Students had lost their homes and financial backing. AMDA started 3-year programme of supporting high school students by providing grants. Students who wish to be health professionals will receive a grant of 15,000 yen/month untill they graduate from high school. 25 students of two high schools have already received this grant. project reportread updates from the field
Building Healthy Communities for Recovery
On March 11th, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the coastal areas of Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima Prefectures. More than 15,800 people were killed, and more than 3,200 are still missing. As of today, many survivors suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. This project aims to encourage the evacuees to take new steps forward, foster community bonds and develop social networks through activities that can help improve their physical and psychological conditions. project reportread updates from the field
Keep tsunami-stricken isatomae community alive
This project is to give hope for about 6,000 people in a small tsunami-stricken Tohoku community to be economically reactivated, instead of losing community-based economic activities due to inadequate governmental support to such small communities. People in Isatomae established their shops in a large-sized tent, but it still requires donations to maintain the operation of the community shops. It is just the beginning of rebuilding their community economic activities, and still requires support. project reportread updates from the field
Disaster Recovery Volunteer Project
Almost five years have passed since the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami struck the Pacific coast of northeast Japan, causing one of the most devastating natural disasters in recorded history. Hands On Tokyo is dedicated to continuing its support for the rebuilding and recovery in Tohoku through providing meaningful volunteer opportunities and relief efforts. project reportread updates from the field
In tsunami-stricken Rikuzen Takada City, many children lost family members, and exhibit psychological problems and very rough behavior. Especially pronouced is a case of lost mother with unemployed father inexperienced in child rearing. A childcare-support NPO, Kirarin (Shining) Kids needs professional training and skill-level improvement to cope with this unusually difficult situation. DSIA is trying to help financing the training of Kirarin Kids, so that it can serve a wider disaster area. project reportread updates from the field
Sponsor Fellows for Tohoku and Japan's Recovery
ETIC will train and match 200 young aspiring entrepreneurs (Fellows) with 100 social business leaders that are heading reconstruction efforts to rebuild Tohoku through economic empowerment in 3 years (from Jun 2011 to Mar 2014). The lack of young aspiring individuals is the bottleneck to promote recovery projects effectively and efficiently, and the demand for this service is larger than originally anticipated. project reportread updates from the field
Japan Earthquake Disaster Recovery
Peace Winds America is committed to providing disaster relief and recovery to the people of Japan. Following the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, PWA provided shelter, counseling, and medical care. Evacuees were moved from the Peace Winds emergency shelters to temporary housing by the end of the year 2016 where PWA distributed household items to each household. PWA also started creating community building events and structuring official townships at each temporary housing site. project reportread updates from the field
Tohoku Youth Venture
Tohoku Youth Venture (TYV) is an initiative to help young Japanese implement their ideas to rejuvenate the area struck by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear plant explosion on March 11, 2011. We reached 1800 youths between 12 and 20 years old in 2012. Among them 10 teams passed the panel and recognized as Youth Venturers. They received seed money and are given technical support over the course of one year. We aim at reaching 1800 more youths and helping 10~20 teams launch their ideas in 2013. project reportread updates from the field
Community Cyberspace: PTSD/TBI Care For Veterans
We live in parlous times with thousands touched daily by trauma. Terrorism and multiple wars rage all over the globe. Deadly violence against the innocent is epidemic. Apart from civilians, peace officers and servicemen return home psychologically scarred by the horrors they've seen and been part of. This project provides expert and confidential interventional training in PTSD therapy to first-line providers (e.g. primary care physicians) serving veterans and family members. project reportread updates from the field
School of Fun for Children in Fukushima
Many children in Fukushima, Japan, are affected by the fear of health risks from radioactivity having been released in the air by the nuclear disaster since March 2011. We conduct a series of outdoor/indoor camps to give such children what they miss and more: playing and learning opportunities in an extreme fashion, with university professors, corporate researchers, artists, athletes and other professionals, assisted by university students as elder friends of the children. project reportread updates from the field
Soma Children's Orchestra and Chorus
This project, the first El Sistema-inspired program in Japan takes place in Soma, Fukushima, one of the disaster areas of the East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami in March 2011, and serves the area's children who have been affected by that great tragedy by instructing and engaging children in a classical orchestral and chorus music education programs inspired by Venezuelan El Sistema's core values, such as teamwork, peer learning and joy. project reportread updates from the field
Restore 100 Hectares of the Miyagi Coastal Forest
This project will restore 100 hectares of the Coast Forest in Miyagi Prefecture, which was uprooted by the March 11 Tohoku Tsunami. 30 Natori City agricultural victims are given job opportunities to learn how to raise 500,000 Black Pine seedlings to reforest the coast to create a natural shield from destructive salty winds and sand storms. project reportread updates from the field
Support for children in disaster areas in Japan
Children affected by the disaster in the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011 have lost family, friends and the community. This project will reconstruct the community with a focus on children by providing play spaces in evacuees' housing areas and streets by "Play car", and building a park with the children, and conducting the event with local community people. project reportread updates from the field
Scholarships to Live Dreams and Move Forward
This project helps students and their families affected by the disaster pursue their education at Sendai YMCA College. Without these scholarships the student's families would not have the resources for them to pursue their chosen hotelier career. Tohoku youth will lead the recovery of Tohoku and this initiative helps train future leaders of the area's tourism industry. The program also provides English conversation lessons, volunteer, leadership and exchange opportunities. project reportread updates from the field
Rebuilding community from tsunami with education
Rebuilding community of Ogatsu, northern Japan, lost 80% of town from the tsunami of March 11, 2011. In a still damaged town, creating a sustainable learning center for children in Japan and all over the world. Providing Fishery, Agriculture, Forestry, Cooking, and Arts/Crafts experiences with locals in rich natural environment, to become active for the our planet's future. Restoring old wooden school into accommodation, restaurant, and classrooms to receive children and a place for community project reportread updates from the field
Help Students, Families and Schools Recover
This project will continue the work of the Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund in three areas: 1. Create a new community library and reading club for teachers and students 2. Implement exchange programs with Ishinomaki students 3. Provide continuing support for the Kessenuma Children's Home project reportread updates from the field
Healing Japan
"Just yesterday, she finally started to talk about that day - after almost 5 years.", our local partner psycho-therapist tells us about one of her numerous clients in Rikuzentakata. While more housings and infrastructure have been restored, the needs for mental health care services and resources in the disaster affected areas continue to grow larger. We support earthquake and tsunami survivors and care providers in their efforts to enhance the psychosocial recovery of the people in Tohoku. project reportread updates from the field
Earthquake;Encouraging Miyagi by a community space
This project aims to promote to exchange people all over Japan by offering lodging facilities and community space in Long Beach House that we has built. (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-ishinomaki-multi-purpose-recovery-base-project/) A mental care of an earthquake victims is still needed. We are going to support them with local people by a community-rooted way. project reportread updates from the field
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