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Support for Tohoku

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake (or The Tohoku Earthquake) on March 11, 2011, there have been many people who have wanted to send support to Tohoku through HOPE. In response to this request, within days after the earthquake HOPE began to collect lots of donations from people both within and outside Japan to fund sending emergency supplies and other necessary support. In addition, with our partner Oak Lawn Marketing (hereafter OLM) “OLMxHOPE=Genki Japan” was formed. About 1.8 hundred million yen was given to Genki Japan by OLM business partners and many other individuals. Thanks to all of you and the funds provided by Genki Japan we were able to support those in Tohoku.

 

Activities Outline

Support following a disaster, usually, happens in 3 phases.
   Phase 1:Search and rescue
   Phase 2:Emergency Relief
   Phase 3:Support in Rebuilding

 

※Using experiences from working overseas, HOPE began work in Tohoku from Phase 2.

 

Phase 2

Thanks to the tremendous support from many volunteers, HOPE was able to deliver over 500 tons of emergency relief supplies to about 200,000 people.

 

HOPE mainly sent: drinking water, food stuff, water filters, blankets, electric generators and bicycles

 

Phase 3

In Phase 3, HOPE is focusing on helping rebuild a base for their lives by focusing on support that will result in providing people with an income. The full time staff in Miyagi Prefecture work with the community to know their individual needs; finding out what supplies or financial support is necessary.

 

Please click here to read the 3-year report.

 

Economic Support

 

Location Partners Activities
Kesennuma City, Kesennuma Oshima Young Fishmen’s Group Buying bamboo for building rafts used for oyster farming
Kesennuma City, Karakuwa Karakuwa Fishermen’s Cooperative Setting up storage and a rest area
Kesennuma City, Motoyoshi-cho Kurauchi no Megumi’s Aquafarmers’ Group Buying refrigerators for storing wakame
Kesennuma City  Karakuwa Karakuwa Fishermen’s Cooperative: Oyster Division Updating the business infrastructure by reintroducing the Karakuwa Guard House
Kesennuma City, Kurauchi Kurauchi no Megumi Buying refrigerators for Kurauchi to store their wakame
Kesennuma City PEACE JAM Rejuvenating the community and creating jobs for women with infants
Minami Sanriku-cho, Babanakayama area Babanakayama Aquafarming Association Rebuilding the shipyard
Minami Sanriku-cho, Babanakayama area Babanakayama Aquafarming Association Buying and inspecting fishing boats, buying and transporting fishing boats, and supplying fishing equipment
Minami Sanriku-cho (whole area) Green Farmers Association Giving farmers start up money and equipment
Minami Sanriku-cho, Inabuchi Inabuchi’s Aquafarming Association Setting up a shared storage space
Minami Sanriku-cho, Ishihama Ishihama’s Farmers Group Putting up a temporary, inflatable pier; beginning construction for a wakame processing plant
Minami Sanriku-cho, Tanoura Tanoura’s New Wakame Farmers Group Buying materials for building a wakame aquafarm
Minami Sanriku-cho, Hoshoura area Hoshoura’s Wakame Volunteer Association Setting up temporary tents to be used during construction
Minami Sanriku-cho, Utatsu Dressing : Hair Salon Starting a new beauty salon
Minami Sanriku-cho, Utatsu area Styling Room Plus Buying materials for building a barber’s shop
Minami Sanriku-cho, Tanoura area Tanoura’s Aquafarming Association Buying supplies for a cargo ship
Minami Sanriku-cho Minami Sanriku Conference : Yume Mirai Minami Sanriku Kyougikai Setting up and buying equipment for a farmer’s market, ‘Minasan Kan’
Ishinomaki City Yamagata’s International NPO Volunteer Center Providing cash for clearing rubble and mud, demolition work
Ishinomaki City Ishinomaki Workshop (Ishinomaki Koubou) Holding a workshop for residence about furniture and design
Ishinomaki City, Kitakami-cho Yoshihama’s Neighborhood Council Rebuilding of Yoshihama community center
Ishinomaki City Ogatsu-cho, Kitakami-cho, Kahoku-cho, Oshika-cho, Onagawa-cho and Higashi Matsushima City Tamanegi : Deli and Vegetable Shop Upgrading trucks for moving goods
Ishinomaki City, Okawa area Yachi・Magaki Producer’s Assocaition Setting up a preparation room for establishing the farming corporation “Okawa farming company”
Ishinomaki City, Onagawa-cho, Oura Miyage Prefecture’s Fishermen’s Cooperative : Onagawa Branch, Oura Subdivision Setting up a machine for lifting fishing boats
Ishinomaki City, Onagawa-cho, Izushima, Terama Area Terama Area’s Scallop and Sea Squirt Aquafarmers’ Group Buying supplies for setting up a scallops and sea squirt fish farm
Ishinomaki City, Ogatsu-cho Terappatake Buying kitchen supplies necessary for rebuilding a Japanese soba restaurant
Ishinomaki City, Ogatsu-cho Takahashi Fishery Buying the salting machine used for wakame and kelp
Ishinomaki City, Ogatsu-cho Namiita Area Assembly Setting up a stone processing factory in Ogatsu (Namiita workshop)
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula Ayukawahama Oyster Revival Support Conference Buying equipment for re-establishing oysters in the Oshika Peninsula area
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula Kyuubunhama Kyuubunhama’s Oyster Association Buying fishing supplies needed for cold weather
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula Ayukawahama Oyster Fishing Cooperative Setting up work tents
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula Kobuchihama Kobuchi Wakame and Oyster Part time workers Group Setting up work and storage areas
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula Omotehama Miyagi Prefecture’s Fishing Cooperative, Omotehama branch Setting up a rental service for transporting wakame
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Peninsula (whole area) Japan Coast to Coast Loaning money for participants in a Tohoku Cycling Festival in the devastated areas
Ishinomaki City, Oshika Yoriisohama Area Yoriiso’s Sea Urchin and Abalone Fishermen’s Group Restarting sea urchin and abalone fishing businesses in Yoriisohama
Ishinomaki City Kokoro Smile: General Incorporated Association Supporting an exhibition
Oshika Peninsula, Oshika Area Ganbattecha OShika Buying PR supplies for local businesses
Iwanuma City, Hayamata Area Iwanuma’s Farmers’ Market: Asa Dori Building a produce stand

 

Community Support: Rebuilding

 

Location Partners Activities
Minami Sanriku-cho, Kurosaki OGA For Aid: General Incorporated Association Establishing a community learning center and a café inside the center
Minami Sanriku-cho, Utatsu Café de lien Putting in a café in a barber shop
Ishinomaki City Kamizoku House Church
Network
Putting up a community sports center
Ishinomaki City Coffee Shop Roots Setting up a cafe
Ishinomaki City (whole area) Team Oukan: General Incorporated Association Setting up a space for school aged children and the elderly
Ishinomaki City, Onagawa-cho Onagawa Art Guild Company Putting in a café inside a design company as a community space
Ishinomaki City, Onagawa-cho Daishin : Fashionable women’s clothing store Putting in a café inside a shop

 

In addition, in Karakuwa-cho, Minami Sanriku-cho, and Ishinomaki City, HOPE helped to provide working areas and fishing supplies, storage for farming equipment, industrial strength tents, meeting places and tents for educational purposes. This was done with the help of the Canadian NGO GlobalMedic, fish cooperatives, NPOs and other volunteer groups.(As of April, 2012: 11, October 2012: 22, April 2013: 4)

 

 

 

 

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Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation

Saving lives in times of disaster or conflict and helping survivors rebuild their lives, livelihoods and communities better than they were.