We are assisting the disaster victims in North-East Japan
We would like to express our most sincere sympathies to those suffering from this unprecedented earthquake and tsunami occurred on March 11.
March 20, Japan International Volunteer Center (JVC) has sent two staff members who have much experienced in emergency relief activities to Miyagi Prefecture with medical and daily items and distributed them at the heavily damaged towns and villages.
At the same time, they are investigating what we should do to assist the activities of local NPOs and community groups.
Relief items we brought in
- 1. Medical items
- Antiseptic alcohol cotton
First aid kits etc.
- 2. Daily items (including those in preparation)
Nail clippers etc.
Staff members we sent
Toshihiro Shimizu (Secretary General)
Tomonori Shimoda (in charge of emergency relief)
Both have experienced emergency relief activities at Niigata Cyuetsu earthquake, Sumatra-Andaman earthquake and tsunami, Pakistan earthquake, Indonesian java earthquake, etc.
The above activities are enforced in cooperation with Services for the Health in Asian and African Regions (SHARE), International Volunteer Center of Yamagata(IVY).
The project in Kesennuma, Miyagi
(sorry, under construction)
The project in Minami-Soma, Fukushima
Minami-Soma is in the eastern Fukushima prefecture and it is one of the closest cities from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Minami-Soma has the largest population around the non-entry zone. The southernmost tip of the city is only 10 km away from the power plant and the southern part of the city (Odaka district) is also specified as a non-entry zone.
Supporting project for RSDR in Minami-Soma
- To provide precise information of radiation level through radio broadcasting
- To make a solid basement of continuous administration
- To improve the quality of contents
JVC has been supporting a radio station for disaster responses (RSDR) in Minami-Soma city, Fukushima. People in Minami-Soma are living under the pressure of radiation pollution. And what people need in order to protect themselves from radiation is quick and correct information about staying healthy.
Minami-Soma city opened an RSDR in order to transmit information to citizens on April however the city did not have enough manpower and know-how to keep it running due to the confusion from the tsunami, earthquake and the accident at the nuclear power plant. We received a request from Minami-Soma city and decided to start supporting this very needed project.
We broadcast radiation level of each 48 places of the city and important information from the city hall. Also, we are concentrating on training local staffs.
Mitsubishi-Shouji, Chikyu-Shimin Foundation, AYUS, FELISSIMO, Think the earth, Jodo-Shu Peace Association
Supporting project for survivors in Temporary houses
- To prevent aggravation of health and mental condition of residents in temporary houses through the community space (salon) activity
- To enhance self initiative of residents through their commitment to salon activity
Approximately 15,000 people lost their houses in Minami-Soma. 12,000 of them are from Odaka district which is specified as a no-entry. JVC has been doing a survey on Odaka people at temporary house Most of the residents at temporary houses are from Odaka district but they do not know each other in new communities. The average age of residents is over seventy years old. They have desire to go back to their own houses but it will not possible for a long time. It leads to their mental agony.
JVC started “Salon activity” in temporary house in cooperation with residents committee and local CBO “Tsunagappe Minami-Soma”. We made “a salon” in the community room of temporary house which was usually locked. We provide tea, coffee, and several equipments like an electric massage chair. A resident manager is stationed there six days a week. A large number of people visit salon and it helps them to communicate each other. In most of the case, the residents do not know each other in this new community but a salon makes place for communication and know each other.
Direct Relief International
Your donation is needed now !
JVC is now accepting donations to support the victims of this devastating Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Your contributions are extremely needed and appreciated. At the same time, we ask you to understand that up to 20% of all donation will be used as the management cost.
Account No: 00190-9-27495
Account Name: JVC Tokyo Jimusho
*Please note [Japan Earthquake and Tsunami] in the space for message.
Bank name: The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,Ltd.
SWIFT CODE: BOTKJPJT
Branch: Uenochuo Branch
Address: 6-1-14, Ueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 110-0005
Account No: 065-1675420
Account Name: Japan International Volunteer Center
Address of JVC: 1-20-6, Higashiueno, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 110-8605
*This account is only for the donation related to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.Those who need a receipt, please inform us the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org TEL:03-3834-2388 FAX:03-3835-0519.
- The name, date, amount of the donation.
- The name, address, telephone no. of the recipient of the receipt.
Donation to the activities of JVC (Japanese only)
Donation to the Japanese NGOs including JVC (28 groups as of March 23) all of which are active for the emergency assistance for the victims of Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (English)
At the present time, JVC does not accept volunteers to go and assist the victims of this disaster. Also, JVC does not accept any goods and meterials to support the victims.