We were very pleased and heart-warmed to ready today, that a mystery benefactor had anonymously sent gold bars to three of the residents of Ishinomaki, the town where our relief efforts with our partner Japanese Emergency NGO focused for months after the Tsunami hit. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-21487092
May there be many more for the deserving residents of Ishinomaki and other Tsunami affected villages in Japan!
RMF partner Japanese Emergency NGO distributing donated goods after Tsunami
In closing out our Tsunami/Earthquake relief project in Japan, our partner in Japan, JEN (Japan Emergency NGO), interviewed a couple at one of the Community Gathering Centers and Shelters that we supported. Mr. Ryozo Sanjo (73) and Mrs. Kieko Sanjo (69) , are residents of Oppagawa Kasen Transitional Shelter.
Written by JEN staff
Q: At first, could you please introduce yourselves briefly?
A: Now, my husband and I are living in a temporary house. Before the disaster, we used to live in the Nagatsura area in Ishinomaki city. My husband retired a few years ago from a plywood company after 30 years. However, from time to time, he used to go and help the company and have a small income. I used to give care to my mother, who died after the disaster at the age of 98, and do farm work. We had two sons and they had their family with three children in total.
Photo: Dr. Martina C. Fuchs, RMF Founder/CEO, making new friends at the Lwala, Kenya Community Hospital, October 1, 2011
We are so grateful to all our friends, supporters and teams around the world and wish everyone a fantastic 2012!
Having wrapped up another successful we want to pause and say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who supported our work in 2011. You have helped us achieve so much, and we give our deep thanks to everyone for your generosity and support!
Doll Making Event at one of JEN's Evacuation Centers
Approximately 3,777 individuals and 2,330 households, and evacuees at 5 evacuation centers in the Ishinomaki area were reached by our partner Japanese Emergency NGO’s (JEN) activities during this period.
In addition to the continued soup kitchen support, rubble and sludge removal, and other material donations by JEN, there have been some fun entertainment and relaxation activites at the Community Cafe’s that JEN has set up for the residents/evacuees of the Ishinomaki area
Quick update from our partner on the ground in Japan, Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN) for the past two weeks of their relief effortsin and around Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
Photo: Meals served by JEN Staff (Photo copyright JEN)
Approximately 6,905 individuals and 101 households were reached by JEN’s activities during this period with hot meals provided, rubble/sludge removal, and the opening of Community Cafe’s which provide a warm and social gathering place for the affected communities with such service as hair dressing, massages, plays and other entertainment for all.
One major issue facing the city of Ishinomaki is that the clearance of rubble is lagging, and seems impossible to accomplish the task without the use of heavy machinery and manpower from outside the city.