Quick update from our partner on the ground in Japan, Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN) for the past two weeks of their relief efforts in and around Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

Photo: Meals served by JEN Staff (Photo copyright JEN)

Approximately 6,905 individuals and 101 households were reached by JEN’s activities during this period with hot meals provided, rubble/sludge removal, and the opening of Community Cafe’s which provide a warm and social gathering place for the affected communities with such service as hair dressing, massages, plays and other entertainment for all.

One major issue facing the city of Ishinomaki is that the clearance of rubble is lagging, and seems impossible to accomplish the task without the use of heavy machinery and manpower from outside the city. 

The amount of rubble has been estimated to be about 6,160,000 tons and thus far only 270,000 tons have been cleared from the city, a mere 4%.  JEN is contuining to work on procuring more heavy machinery and volunteer labor to tackle this enormous challenge.

JEN will also begin projects to encourage the revitalization of small to mid-size local businesses over the next year. 

If you are interesting in donating to the earthquake/tsunami relief efforts with our partner JEN in Japan, click here

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