Japan

November-December Field Report Update

January 17, 2012

Fumiko Tanaka

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 fishery assistance, building painting, and wrapping gift-sets of regional specialties.

Fishery Assistance
294 additional JEN volunteers were dispatched to help fishermen at various villages (‘hama’ in Japanese) of the Oshika Peninsula. At Jyusan-hama, assistance was given towards the cultivation of scallops between the 29th of November and the 6th of December. In Fukkiura and Odate, volunteers helped prepare the facilities for the aqua-farming of sea squirts, oysters and seaweed.

   

2) Community Building and Psychosocial Care through Community Space
JEN is managing community spaces where evacuees can gather for activities and share their experiences as part of psycho-social care and healing. By providing services that meet the needs of these communities for socializing activities (craft-making or DIY workshops) these spaces also offer interaction among the residents and lead to self-governing bodies prioritizing and solving the issues that lay in their community. Through our assistance, the residents are empowered to improve their own communities.  There are currently 3 places where activities have begun as pilot projects in existing communities, and 13 more at transitional shelter compounds.

Common Activities among All Community Spaces
■ Relaxation Activity – Psychosocial Care (Art therapy, Yoga therapy, Massage)

Nakayashiki: 

November 29th- 7 participants

December 13th- 7 participants

December 20th- 15 participants

Kazuma

December 6th- 15 participants

December 13th- 6 participants

December 20th- 8 participants

Koganehama

December 5th- 8 participants

December 19th- 8 participants

At Koganehama, a local volunteer who was exhausted and depressed was found on the 19th of November and was given intensive therapy and monitoring.

Nakayashiki Space
■ Two Christmas Parties were held on December 28th and December 25th. The party on the 28th of December was for children where participants played games with the 20 children participating. The party on the 25th of December was mainly for adults to listen to old records of Christmas songs with 10 people participating.
   Kazuma Space
■ Hana-Sou, a community space for local people was officially opened on the 29th of November. An opening ceremony was held and more than 100 local residents attended. The community space will be open daily from 10am to 4pm. On average, around 25 people use Hana-Sou every day. 7 care-takers were hired from the surrounding community.
■ Oshiruko (sweet rice cake soup) party at Hana-Sou: On the 10th of December in cooperation with volunteers and local people, JEN held an Oshiruko Party at Hana-Sou and around 350 meals were provided to local people.
■ Christmas party: On the 18th of December, a Christmas party was held at Hana-Sou.  Beauty professionals volunteered and approximately 70 local mothers enjoyed an esthetic massage.

   

Transitional Shelters 
■Tea Party (11 events)
November 25th – Shirasagidai Transitional Shelter Compound – 15 participants
November 25th – Kashiwagi Transitional Shelter Compound – 5 participants
November 25th – Minami Sakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 10 participants
November 26th – Minami Sakai No.7 Transitional Shelter Compound – 24 participants
November 25th – Omori No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 6 participants
December 27th – Minami Sakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compounds – 15 participants
December 5th – Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
December 8th – Tohoku Denshi Transitional Shelter Compounds – 10 participants
December 8th – Minami Sakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compounds – 15 participants
December 15th – Nukatsukamae – 7 participants
December 16th – Omori Transitional Shelter Compounds – 10 participants

■ Health Consultation (3 events)
November 25th – Shirasagidai Transitional Shelter Compound – 15 participants
November 27th – Omori No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 6 participants
December 16th – Omori Transitional Shelter Compounds – 10 participants

■ Flower Planting (3 events)
November 28th – Santanbashiri No.1&2 Transitional Shelter Compound – 12 participants
December 2nd – Minami Sakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 15 participants
December 9th – Minami Sakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 15 participants

■ Relaxation Activities and Psychological Care (3 events)
December 5th – Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
December 12th – Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
   December19th – Santanbashiri Transitional Shelter Compound – 15 participants

■ Legal Consultation (3 events)
November 26th – Minami Sakai No. 4&7 Transitional Shelter Compound – 34 participants
December 17th – Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter Compounds – 10 participants
December 17th – Tohoku Denshi Transitional Shelter Compounds – 8 participants

■ Craft Making (1 event)
December 15th – Nukatsukamae – 7 participants

■ Distribution of Materials
   ・This initiative supports local people living in private houses with subsidized rent from the local Ishinomaki government. Coinciding with the onset of the winter cold, JEN is providing a set of heated carpet and a fan heater. By the 22nd of December, 5,900 households out of 6,400 in Ishinomaki applied for our assistance through the city. JEN has already delivered heaters to 5,800 households.
   ・JEN distributed 1,200 bottles of shampoo and 2,000 air cleaners to the Onagawa Town transitional shelter compound and 1,700 air cleaners to the Higashi Matsushima City transitional shelter compound.

   

3) Economic Recovery Assistance
3-1. Assistance of Small to Mid-size Local Businesses
On the 18th of November, the temporary shopping arcade in Ayukawa-hama in Oshika Peninsula was opened with 16 shops and restaurants. JEN continues to monitor the profitability of each shop.

3-2. Fishery Assistance
JEN assists the fishermen of Oshika Peninsula who have lost their original aqua-farming livelihood due to the Tsunami. JEN supports them by 1) dispatching volunteers to help aqua-farming restoration activities, 2) providing necessary equipment for alternative boat-fishing such as fish trap baskets, fishing nets, fish tanks and forklifts, 3) supporting fish-net making in order to create the immediate incomes, mobilize the housewives for psychological care through working together, and to cover the shortage of fishing nets that exist in the market. Additionally, if beneficiaries are interested, the community development supports dispatching a facilitator for vision-creation in yoriai meeting.

Higashi-hama
   ・JEN ordered more materials to make fishery nets for prawns and will receive those in mid-January. Fishery net making is expected to begin in mid-January once enough nets are delivered to not cause further inequality within a community.
   ・13 fishery baskets were delivered to each household of 104.

Ogatsu / Ogino-hama / Yagawa –hama / Ura-hama / Jusan-hama / Sasu-hama
   ・Needs assessment for the fishery assistance was completed.
   ・18 representatives of 9 hama from Ogino-hama gathered for the detailed hearing.
   ・Oyster huts need is being assessed at Sasu-hama.

Ura-hama / Omote-hama
   MoU regarding the fishing net assistance scheme has been signed between the local fishery associations. A yoriai meeting with representatives of the villages was held. The quality of a trial set of fishing net materials was checked.

4) Education Assistance
4-1. Distribution of Musical Instruments to Local Schools
On December the 19th, a presentation ceremony for the musical instruments donated by Mudef was held at Yamashita Junior High School. This assistance provided musical instruments to 16 junior high schools in the Ishinomaki area and representatives of 15 out of 16 junior high schools attended the ceremony.