Japan: Relief Efforts Field Report

December 29, 2011

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 at various villages (‘hama’ in Japanese) of Oshika Peninsula. At Odate-hama, income generation support through the making of fishing nets has started. The fishing nets will be used for prawn-fishing which is expected to start in May and continue till July. About 7,000 rolls of fishing nets will be necessary in five villages of the Tobu branch of the fishery association including Odate-hama. As it would be difficult for the local fishermen to prepare the quantity themselves needed by May of next year, volunteers’ help is needed. In Jusan-hama, volunteers supported the repair of fishing equipment and at Yagawa-hama, they helped preparatory works of sea squirt aqua-farming.
 

   

Community Building and Psychosocial Care through Community Space
JEN has opened community spaces where evacuees can gather for activities and share their experiences as psycho-social care. These centers provide services such as socializing activities (craft-making or DYI workshop) to help interaction among the residents, and community workshops to form the self-governing bodies, that realize, prioritize, and solve the issues encountered in their community.  

Nakayashiki Space
 Around 100 general users were recorded in a month. A person with severe PTSD was found in Nakayashiki on November 15th. We are encouraging him to continuously take part in our activities as well as provide individual consultations. If the level of the participants improves and the completed crafts meet the market competition, JEN will assist with promotion and finding sales channels. A health check was conducted by nurses on the 26th of October.

Kazuma Space
 A Great Ochakko-nomi (tea party) was held on the 23rd of October with 1,000 participants.
JEN had stalls of shaved ice and water balloons opened. This party, organized by the self-governing bodies in the Kazuma area, aimed to offer a good opportunity for people to connect and was featured by local newspapers.

   

 

■The construction of a permanent building called Hana-Sou (this means ‘flower house’ and can also signify ‘Let’s talk’ in Japanese) was completed and handed over to JEN on the 19th of November. 

■Cinema Screening by ‘GENKI CINEMA PROJECT’ – November 12th with 7 participants

■The 1st Community Workshop – 29th of October with 9 participants

Koganehama Space

■ JEN’s facilitation of a discussion among the Chiefs of the Self-Governing Bodies of the Communities – October 29th. JEN facilitated the discussion among community chiefs about the management of the Koganehama Space. As a result of this discussion, a task list with deadlines was circulated to the chiefs and local organization representatives to be signed by all stakeholders.
 

■ Exercise and Balloon Art Class for Children – October 21st with 20 participants

Transitional Shelters 
Tea Parties Held at Transitional Shelters
27 October – Oppagawa-Kasen Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
28 October – Minamizakai No.4 Transitional Shelter Compound – 10 participants
8 November – Oppagawa-Tamokuteki Transitional Shelter Compound – 28 participants
9 & 15 November – Sue-Nukatsukamae No.1 & No.2 – 20 participants & 15 participants
10 November – Shirasagidai Transitional Shelter Compound – 16 participants with health consultation by P-CAT
11 November – Oshika-Ohara Transitional Shelter Compound – 14 participants with health consultation by PCAT
17 November – Omori No .2 , 3, 4 Transitional Shelter Compounds – 40 participants
18 November - Oppagawa-Tamokuteki-Sue Transitional Shelter Compound - 15 participants
24 November – Ohara & Kyu-Ohara Junior High School Transitional Shelter Compounds – 18 participants

   

 

Flower Planting held at Transitional Shelters
27 October – Oppagawa-Kasen Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
8 November – Oppagawa-Tamokuteki Transitional Shelter Compound – 28 participants
15 November – Nukatsukamae No.1 & No.2 – 15 participants
17 November – Omori No .2 &3&4 Transitional Shelter Compounds – 40 participants
24 November – Ohara & Kyu Ohara Junior High School Transitional Shelter Compounds – 18 participants

Fire and Tsunami Evacuation Drills
In collaboration with the local fire station, an evacuation drill and fire extinguisher workshop was held. Fire extinguishers were delivered to every household of the compounds. In certain areas, an explanation on how to use a fire extinguisher was made to each household.
24 October – Shimizudahama Transitional Shelter Compound – 32 participants
29 October – 3 Transitional Shelter Compounds in Oshika area – 56 participants
1 November - Other 3 Transitional Shelter Compounds in Oshika area – 61 participants
6 November – 1 Transitional Shelter Compound in Oshika area – 40 participants
9 November – Yoriisohama-Umesawa, Maeamihama-Akashima & Onigatayama Transitional Shelter Compounds – to each household
11 November – 2 Transitional Shelter Compounds in Oshika area –24 participants

Relaxation Activities and Psychological Care
31 October - Santanbashiri Transitional Shelter Compound – 20 participants
21 November – Santanbashiri No. 1&2 Transitional Shelter Compounds – 15 participants

Legal Consultation
12 November – Santanbashiri No. 1&2 Transitional Shelter Compound – 8 participants

Other activities

At Minamizakai No. 4 Transitional Shelter Compound, explanatory meetings about community building were held by the personnel in charge of the transitional shelter department in Ishinomaki City on the 28th of October and 11th of November with 10 and 20 participants respectively.

   

 

3) Economic Recovery Assistance
Rubble Clearance through Assisting Local Waste Management Contractors
This project was completed on the 29th of October. However, after exchanging memorandums with contractors, it was decided that this project will be extended until February 29, 2012. To restart the operation, we will ask the contractors to return the vehicles and then redistribute them upon completing of signatures on the new contract. The costs for vehicles such as insurance will be paid by them.
On the 6th of November, as the conditioned CSR activity of the beneficiary company, a large amount of soil (equivalent of 4 truck loads) was transported from Misato-cho to Konori-hama in Onagawa-cho and a sand pool for children was created. The total income of 7 contractors was JPY42 mil. Total amount of rubble removed was 15,071 tons and total number of day jobs created was 1,957.

Assistance of Small to Mid-size Local Businesses
The construction of a temporary shopping arcade in Ayukawa-hama in Oshika Peninsula has been completed and the facility has been handed over to JEN on the 10th of November. At the same time, we delivered its key to the chamber of commerce and industry of Oshika-Inai.  On the 18th of November, the temporary shopping arcade opened with 16 shops and restaurants. The opening ceremony was held with all stakeholders and about 500 residents and visitors. This event was fully featured by the local and national newspapers. We exchanged a MoU of assistance with the chamber of commerce and industry.

Fishery AssistanceJEN will assist the fishermen of Oshika Peninsula who have lost their original aqua-farming livelihood due to the Tsunami. JEN will support them by 1) dispatching volunteers to help aqua-farming restoration activities, 2) providing necessary equipments 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, to mobilize the housewives for psychological care through working together, and to cover the shortage of fishing nets existing in the market.
 

Yoriiso-hama

A generator was delivered. We exchanged a MoU of fish tanks and tents.
 

Higashihama

・As fishery equipment assistance, JEN provided 5 tents, 50 sky-tanks and 1,600 fish baskets. MoUs for supporting tents and fishermen kits were exchanged with fishermen groups of the eastern branch of Ishinomaki City.
・JEN also provided the eastern branch of Ishinomaki City with 140 sets of raw materials to make fishing nets for income generation on November 24th. The stock status of raw materials for fishing nets was very tight, we had to collect much information to buy enough quantity of materials. Fishermen living in a transitional shelter nearby have started teaching volunteers how to make the fishing nets. After they get used to it, they will be able to make one fishing net for prawns per day. Since the fishing season for prawns is between May and July, they are planning to make 2,100 sets by April 2012 at the latest.
・Ms. Misako Konno – a goodwill ambassador of UNDP visited and was interviewed by the Ishinomaki nichi-nichi newspaper.
 

Ura-hama
JEN delivered a tent to each, Yagawa-hama, Samenoura and Maeami-hama.