Supporting the Recovery of the Shishiori District of Ksennuma City

Program background

In Kesennuma city of Miyagi prefecture, more than 1,000 lives were lost and approximately 9,500 houses were destroyed by the earthquake and the ensuing tsunami in March 2011. Over 6 years have passed since the disaster, but 2,500 people are still forced to live uncomfortably in temporary houses. In August 2011, JVC opened a local office in Kesennuma city and has continued support activities to help the residents (some 280 households) confronted with numerous problems in rebuilding their lives.

1. Dispatching Advisory Team on Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention

Having discussions on Archive for Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention.

The Council for Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention in Ohura district started its activities in 2011 and held general meetings as many as 40 times in total. The last issues that had remained unsolved concerning the use of green zones and tree planting in the premises of housing complex were also agreed upon. Residential construction underway in the Ohura district on the collaborative construction method was successfully completed. The objectives and methods of Archive for Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention were continuously discussed by three parties, the Council for Collective Relocation for Disaster Prevention, the advisory team and JVC.

2. Supporting the Community Development of the Urashima District

Study meeting held by voluntary residents on setting-up a NPO.

In the four years after the establishment, the Urashima District Development Promotion Committee, which supports the community development of the district, has taken root in the community. The roles previously played by JVC were handed over to the Committee. Regarding the use of the former Urashima Elementary School as a facility, the Committee came up with a final plan and notified the relevant administrative body. Recently there is a move among some volunteer residents of the Urashima District to set up an incorporated non-profit organization to work on local revitalization projects.

3. Watching over and supporting the residents

A get-together among the residents of a collective public housing for disaster evacuees.

JVC’s activities to maintain physical and mental health of the residents living in temporary houses have been placed in the hands of a local support organization. Assistance for those living in their own homes is to be undertaken by commissioned welfare volunteers in the community. In the Shishiori district, the construction of the city’s largest collective public housing for disaster evacuees was completed and residents have started to move in. JVC will continue to support networking among residents to facilitate their interaction and consensus building so that they can organize a residents’ association on their own initiative.

(source: “JVC Annual Report – 2016 report”)

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