TOMODACHI AID FOR 3.11 is an emergency relief mission for the victims of Great North-Eastern Japan Earthquake/Tsunami. A team of 7 staff members travel 1200 km from Tokyo to Tohoku, the Tsunami-stricken areas, and conduct various aid works. Through the project, we've been handing out soup, fruits, vegetables, clean water, sanitary kits, diapers, shirts, socks, hot coffee, coockies & chocolate, (and more importantly someone to talk to) for over 7000 people at 53 shelters. Our mission is to reach out to the devastated people in the most remote and isolated areas where other organizations would not visit, so that no one will be forgotten or abandoned.
This is the 5th "house" in 7 months for the 70 year-old woman.
(October, 2011) She said she moved around 5 different shelters following the local government's request. The situation in Fukushima is more complex than other areas as 3 major catastrophies (nuclear plant explosion, tsunami, and the earthquake) happened at the same time. She couldn't stop talking about her sad story. We brought lots of Belgian waffles to her and the rest of the refugees in this shelter in Fukushima.
Rice field is all turning red in Fukushima.
(October, 2011) Tomodachi Aid For 3.11 Team has visited various cities including Soma city, Minami Soma city, and Tsukidate in Fukushima Prefecture. The rice fields were turning red everywhere. They grow brand rices called Koshihikari and Hitomebore which are famous for both its highest quality and price. We just felt so sad looking over this beautiful field and so much effort and time that the farmers in Fukushima poured.
Current situation in Karakuwa aea:
(Sept. 2011)The local government is currently able to distribute one piece of rice ball per person for breakfast and a bento box per person for lunch and dinner. So the shelter people still rushed to food, shirts, and vegetables, and everything was gone in 30 minutes. This clearly indicates the high level of needs. Some remote areas are definitely slipped out of people's eyes. We will continue to focus on these people.
We brought fruits and vegetables to the people at Kesennuma Civic Hall.
(Sept.2011) People at Kesennuma Civic Hall really enjoyed hot coffee, chocolate, and fresh fruit especially watermelons which help preventing from dehydration.
British cookies & fresh vegetables for childrens' institutions.
(Sept. 2011) We visited to have childrens' institutions including Asahigaoka Gakuen in Kesennuma and Taiyo Gakuen in Ohfunato. Some partｓ of their buildings are damaged by the earthquake and its aftershocks. Asahigaoka Gakuen looks after 78 children who have severe difficulties in living at home with their parents due to the domestic violence, negligence, alcoholism, etc. We had a meeting with the head of the institutions and were able to find out what we can do for them. After 3.11, some of their children have been showing mental health symptoms such as bullying, self-harm. They definitely need long-term mental care to heal the trauma of the disaster. We'd like to continue offering what's best for the children.
We visited Shishiori Junior High School Shelter.
At Shishiori Junior High School shelter
(July, 2011) About 110 people are still living in this local junior high school's gymnasium.
TOMODACHI AID FOR 3.11は7月30-31日の2日間、宮城県気仙沼市唐桑半島にある避難所や仮設住宅を訪問し、人気定番メニューである応援メッセージ入りトモダチＴシャツ、靴下、デザートとして冷たい桃のゼリー、スターバックスのアイスコーヒーをお届けしました。
TOMODACHI AID FOR 3.11は7月30-31日の2日間、宮城県気仙沼市唐桑半島にある避難所や仮設住宅を訪問し、応援メッセージ入りトモダチＴシャツ、靴下、デザートとして冷たい桃のゼリー、スターバックスのアイスコーヒーをお届けしました。 初日である7月30日(土)は鹿折中学校体育館避難所を訪問しました。この避難所は宮城県唐桑半島の付け根にある大峠山の中に位置しています。海からは少々離れた山間の町で、緑豊かな場所でした。2011年7月30日現在、約135名の方が避難生活をされています。
RIKUZEN TAKATA LOST THE ENTIRE INFRASTRUCTURE. - MAY 2011
Tomodachi T-shirt were gone instantly
We visited Rikuzen Takata which was one of the worst stricken cities. Tsunami victims still need the basic items -food and clothes. No water was still accessible at this point as the entire city's infrastructure got wiped out.
TOMODACHI T-SHIRTS AT OFUNATO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL SHELTER. - MAY, 2011
At Ofunato Junior High School shelter
Distributed hot coffee and Tomodachi T-shirts at Ofunato Junior High Shelter. TOMODACHI AID スタッフ４名が岩手県大船渡市にある大船渡中学校体育館避難所、陸前高田市高寿園避難所、宮城県気仙沼市気仙沼中学校体育館避難所３か所を回って物資を届けました。当初支援物資として送られた衣類は冬物であったこともあり、｢今後夏に向けて下着・パジャマとして使い勝手の良いＴシャツが欲しい。｣という希望が多く寄せられました。
WE ARE PROUD OF OUR SELF-DEFENSE FORCES FOR THEIR HARD WORK.-APR. 2011
Hard efforts made by Japan Self-Defense Forces
Self-Defence Forces were stationed in the coast area for rescue mission. They provide food and bath services for tsunami victims.