Recent Reports

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April 15th-May 30th 2016

Through Real Medicine Foundation’s support, JEN is working to provide emergency assistance to earthquake-affected districts that have not yet received aid. JEN seeks out and provides aid for communities that are neglected due to severe road conditions, small populations, elderly populations, etc.

Main Issues and Concerns

Small earthquakes continue in the area; there have been more than 1,000 tremors. Even though the number of quakes is decreasing, area residents feel unsafe staying in their own houses; houses are more isolated, and since they have been hit by tremors more than 1,000 times,…

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In closing out our Tsunami/Earthquake relief project in Japan, our partner in Japan JEN (Japan Emergency NGO) interviewed a couple at one of the Community Gathering Centers and Shelters that we supported.  Mr. Ryozo SANJO (73) and Mrs. Kieko (69) SANJO, are residents of Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter.

Q: At first, could you please introduce yourselves briefly?

A: Now, my husband and I are living in a temporary house. Before the disaster, we used to live in the Nagatsura area in Ishinomaki city. My husband retired a few years ago from a plywood company after 30 years.…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

 

RMF partner JEN volunteers and local villagers making fishing nets in Fukkiuraüi (photo copyright JEN)

Yesterday marked the one year since an enormous earthquake sent a tsunami roaring into the east coast of Japan. Almost 19,000 people died in the ensuing tsunami waves with many coastal communities wiped off the map.

In the aftermath of this devastation, we partnered with a Japanese non-profit in Tokyo, Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN) in late March 2011, to deliver aid and supplies to those most affected.  Our relief efforts over the past year with JEN have reached more than 33,000…

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 Photo: Locals of the Oshika Peninsula, preparing aqua-farming equipment (JEN photo credit)

Project Period: October 1st – December 31st, 2011

Metabolic Studio/The Annenberg Foundation Grant Through the Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of The Annenberg Foundation, Real Medicine Foundation (RMF) received a $100,000 grant on September 12th, 2011, directed towards Tsunami/Earthquake Relief Efforts in Japan in partnership with the Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN).  Over the course of 3 months, from October 1st to December 31st, 2011, RMF and JEN were able to use these funds for a Fishery Rebuilding and Assistance effort on the Oshika Peninsula.

Project Objectives Recover the livelihood of Earthquake/Tsunami…

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Period of Report:  November 25 – December 22, 2011

Geographic Locations: Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

Beneficiaries Approximately 1,894 individuals, employees of 16 local companies, students at 16 schools, 10,823 households and the residents of 16 communities in the general Ishinomaki area were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

 

Activities 1) Volunteer Dispatch Debris Removal Supported by 45 volunteers, JEN completed removing rubble and sludge from a total of 3 buildings/locations in Ishinomaki City. During this reporting period, JEN dispatched volunteers cleaning ditches, assisting with document organization for…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

Period of Report:  October 23rd – November 24th, 2011

Geographic Locations  Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

Beneficiaries Approximately 5,040 individuals, employees of 7 local companies, 6 households and the residents of 24 communities were reached by JEN's/RMF sponsored activities during this period.

   

Activities Volunteer Dispatch Debris Removal Supported by 331 volunteers, JEN has completed removing the rubble and sludge from a total of 6 locations in Ishinomaki City. JEN dispatched volunteers to clean the houses, offices and factories.

Fishery Assistance  324 additional JEN volunteers were dispatched to help fishermen…

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The Fishery Assitance Program is a partnership between Real Medicine Foundation and the Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN) made possible by a grant provided by Metabolic Studio, a direct charitable activity of The Annenberg Foundation in Los Angeles.   

Photo: Volunteers assist with Aqua farming cleanup (Photo credit: JEN) 

Project Objective:

Recover the livelihood of Earthquake/Tsunami affected fishermen of Eastern Japan on the Oshika Peninsula.  The immediate objective is for the local fishermen of the Yoriiso-hama, Higashihama, and Omotehama communities to be able to restart aqua-farming of ascidiacea…

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PERIOD OF REPORT: 19 August – 22 September, 2011

1. BENEFICIARIES Approximately 1,690 individuals, employees of 7 local companies, 11 households and the residents of 11 communities of Ishinomaki were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

2. ACTIVITIES 1) Volunteer Dispatch • Supported by 2,890 volunteers, JEN has completed removing rubble and sludge from a total of 196 buildings in Ishinomaki City. JEN dispatched volunteers to clean places such as houses, an office and a factory.

• JEN was requested to send volunteers to help hold a sports event at Oshika Junior…

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Photo: Last Soup Kitchen Service at Nakayashiki (JEN Copyright)

PERIOD OF REPORT: July 22nd –August 18th, 2011

1. BENEFICIARIES Approximately 964 individuals, the employees of 7 local companies and 866 households in the general Ishinomaki area were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

2. ACTIVITIES 1) Volunteer Dispatch 1-1. Sludge Removal Supported by 2,546 volunteers, JEN has completed removing rubbles and sludge from a total of 185 buildings or places in Ishinomaki City.

JEN was requested to dispatch volunteers for the cleaning of a fish sausage factory in the…

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

BENEFICIARIES Approximately 1,265 individuals and 1,178 households of 6 communities and general Ishinomaki citizens were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

ACTIVITIES 1) Volunteer Dispatch

Sludge Removal Supported by 2,059 volunteers, JEN has completed removing rubble and sludge from a total of 176 buildings and lots in Ishinomaki City.

JEN’s volunteers participated in a joint ditch cleaning and park weeding effort organized by JEN and the community on July 9th and 10th in the South Kazuma area. JEN was requested to…

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JEN BI-WEEKLY SITUATION REPORT PERIOD OF REPORT: 24 Jun – 7Jul, 2011  

1. GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

2. BENEFICIARIES Approximately 8,695 individuals, 1,348 households and residents of 7 communities in Ishinomaki were reached by JEN’s relief activities during this period.

3. ACTIVITIES 1) Volunteer Dispatch 1-1. Sludge Removal Supported by 1,785 volunteers, JEN has completed removing rubble and sludge from a total of 172 houses in Ishinomaki City. Having completed sludge removal from the most needed houses in the area, JEN’s activities have shifted to the…

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PERIOD OF REPORT: 5th – 23rd Jun 2011

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture

BENEFICIARIES Approximately 3,777 individuals and 2,330 households, and evacuees at 5 evacuation centers in the Ishinomaki area were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

ACTIVITIES 1) Material Distribution Deodorant and cleaning materials were distributed at 4 evacuation centers (Oshika Peninsula, Ayukawa, Omotehama, Higashihama) and at the Ogihama primary school on the 15th of June. Items Distributed: Strong Deodorant:20ℓ * 50 bottles (to be diluted 1/5) Washing powder and Liquid:10ℓ Bathwater additive:450g (to be diluted…

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PERIOD OF REPORT: May 23- June 4, 2011

Location: Ishinomaki City

1. BENEFICIARIES Approximately 6,257 individuals and 895 households were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

2. ACTIVITIES 1) Material Distribution Four cases of canned food were distributed at the sports day event at Ogihama Primary School in Ishinomaki. In-kind donations (9,000 bottles of shampoo and bath towels) were prepared at JEN’s Ishinomaki warehouse for further distribution.

2) Sludge Removal Volunteer Dispatch Supported by 1,410 volunteers, JEN has completed removing rubble and sludge from…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

PERIOD OF REPORT: May 8th – 21st, 2011

1. BENEFICIARIES Approximately 6,905 individuals and 101 households were reached by JEN’s activities during this reporting period.

2. ACTIVITIES

1) Sludge Removal Volunteer Dispatch Supported by 1,307 volunteers, JEN has completed removing the rubble and sludge from a total of 134 houses in the Watanoha area and Oshika Peninsula of Ishinomaki City. The number of volunteers dropped drastically after the end of the Golden Week holidays in Japan (2 May – 8 May). Securing enough volunteers, especially on weekdays, will be an issue moving…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

Photo: Sludge Removal Volunteers at Orientation (Photo: JEN copyright)

Our Japan Relief partner, Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN) has updated us with the following field report of activities conducted from 24 April to 7 May with the help of RMF's funding.

Beneficiaries

Approximately 6,531 individuals and 241 households were reached by JEN’s activities during this period.

Activities

1) Material Distribution

JEN distributed sludge removal kits including rubber boots, rain coats, jerry cans, and shovels to evacuees in Oshika Peninsula, a 2 hour-drive from Ishinomaki City, where assistance has been delayed. These same…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

PERIOD OF REPORT: 9 April – 23 April 2011

Progress report from our partners on the ground at Japan Emergency NGO (JEN)

Approximately 5,735 people were reached by JEN’s activities during this last period Evacuees at evacuation centers as well as those in their own houses without food stocks in Ishinomaki City are the primary target groups of JEN  

ACTIVITIES 1) Material Distribution Between 16 and 21 April, JEN distributed portable heating pads, wet tissues, and dust-protective masks, clothing and sludge removal equipment to the evacuees in Oshika Peninsula…

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JAPAN RELIEF/JEN SITUATION REPORT  

PERIOD OF REPORT: 12 MARCH– 19 APRIL 2011

1. BENEFICIARIES

Approximately 150,000 people were reached by JEN’s activities during this period Evacuees in Ishinomaki City are the primary target groups of JEN Other non-target groups that you are providing assistance to: Evacuees in own house without food stocks and elderly at nursery houses

2. ACTIVITIES 1) Material Distribution The following food and non-food items were delivered to evacuation centers and homes for the elderly.

2) Sludge Removal Volunteer Dispatch Supported by…

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I returned from Ishinomaki on early morning yesterday. Being faced with the familiar outlooks of my hometown after getting off a highway, I was surprised. While devastating conditions in the Tohoku region go on, everything seems to have been back to normal here in Tokyo except for sporadic power supply cuts.

Photo above: Coordination meeting in Ishinomaki City, 7am every day (Photo copyright JEN)

What surprised me most was that there was neither mud nor trash on the roads. Regardless of the fact that people must live in extremely inconvenient circumstances, silently remove…

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RMF Japan Relief partner JEN has been sending us the enclosed photos from their teams on the ground in northeastern Japan and posting their field updates to their blog

Photo below: Volunteers assist at JEN funded soup kitchen (Photo copyright JEN)

From the blog:

JEN’s Ishinomaki Team is divided into four groups:

• Sludge removal team (removing sludge from evacuation centers and individual homes) • Soup kitchen team (distribution of food at evacuation centers) • Psychosocial care team (psychological support for those affected by the earthquake) • Household visiting…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

Our partners at JEN (Japanese Emergency NGO) have teams busy on the ground in the northern tsunami affected areas providing food, shelter, water and other basic survival items to the thousands of people stranded in shelters.

Thanks to everyone’s donations, JEN is able to provide far more care than would have been previously possible.

JEN has been updating us with photos and updates from the field, and also posting regularly to their blog.

Most recent update from JEN of last week’s relief work from their blog:

"On March 23rd, JEN dispatched…

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We are very pleased to announce that the kind folks over at Rudy's Barber Shop www.RudysBarbershop.com, Ace Hotel www.acehotel.com, Cha Cha Lounge www.chachalounge.com and Bimbos Cantina www.bimboscantina.com have agreed to match donations to our Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief dollar for dollar up to $18,000!

Currently, our relief efforts are focused on partnering directly with a Japanese non-profit organization, JEN ("Japanese Emergency NGO" http://www.jen-npo.org/en/index.html) based in Tokyo. JEN is an officially registered Japanese non-profit founded…

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After reaching out to our network we are pleased to announce that we have located a Japanese non-profit organization JEN ("Japanese Emergency NGO"), to work directly with on the ground in Tokyo and the tsunami affected northern areas of Japan. JEN came highly recommended to us by our partners over at the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, who vouched for JEN's trustworthiness and effectiveness in disaster relief.

JEN is an officially registered Japanese non-profit founded in 1994 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Bosnia, and has since then been conducting relief around the…

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September 25, 2013 - Japan

Over the weekend we have communicated with our partners at the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), regarding the relief efforts in Japan and where our help might be needed most. JICA is Japan’s international aid and development arm (similar to USAID); we have been working with them for the past two years as project partners in our South Sudan initiative.

According to our contact at JICA, the relief activities are in full swing but still not perfectly coordinated, Japanese Self-Defense Forces are in the Miyagi Prefecture, and the Japanese government is getting ready to accept larger…

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and all those affected by the 8.9 earthquake that struck off its northeastern coast and the devasting tsunami that followed on Friday, March 11, 2011.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were affected by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.

Google Inc. has just activated a Person Finder page to help people concerned about loved ones in the area affected by Friday's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Person Finder…

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