Supporting for Recovery of Shishiori District in Kesennuma City
(Great East Japan Earthquake)
Program backgroundOver 1,000 lives were lost and approximately 9,500 households destroyed in the city of Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, by the tsunami of March 2011. Over 8,000 residents who lost their homes are still forced to live uncomfortably in temporary housing. JVC established an office in Kesennuma City in August 2011 and has continuously supported the citizens of the city’s Shishiori District (home to approximately 280 households) as they have struggled with the numerous problems they face.
Summary of Activities
1. Supporting Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention
JVC dispatched an advisory team composed of architects and town planners to Kesennuma City, where they have continually held individual consultations and visits to construction sites, and participated in briefing sessions by the local government. JVC has also been able to provide a collaborative construction system that serves as a safety net for those residents having difficulties raising money and in finding contractors.
2. Supporting the Regional Strengthening of the Urashima District
The Urashima District Promotion Committee established three subgroups (“Facility Utilization”, “Regional Resources Development” and “Environment and Culture”) to strengthen its functions. In order to make good use of the former Urashima Elementary School’s facilities, JVC and the committee members visited previous projects in Niigata and Kochi Prefectures and conducted a public survey to collect opinion of the local inhabitants for future project planning.
3. Supporting the Residents of Temporary Housing
JVC has assisted the neighborhood association for those in temporary housing in cooperation with the regional assistants who provide it with administrative support. JVC has also organized recreational events for those residents planning to enter the disaster relief public housing being constructed in the Shishiori District to allow them to interact with each other beforehand. Since October, health and mental consultations have been held on a regular basis for the 60 residents of the temporary housings.
4. Support for Those Living in Their Own Homes
JVC paid regular visits to 9 families still living in their own homes and therefore having little contact with others. JVC also collaborated with several local groups to share information and discussed how to support those isolated families in the future.
(source: “JVC Annual Report – 2014 report”)Share This: