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.
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
Our partners at JEN (Japanese Emergency NGO) have teams busy on the ground in the northern tsunami affected areas providing food, shelter, water and other basic survival items to the thousands of people stranded in shelters.
JEN staff prepare food for emergency shelter residents
Thanks to everyone’s donations, JEN is able to provide far more care than would have been previously possible.
JEN has been updating us with photos and updates from the field, and also posting regularly to their blog.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan and all those affected by the 8.9 earthquake that struck off its northeastern coast and the devasting tsunami that followed on Friday, March 11, 2011.
Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were affected by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter.
Google Inc. has just activated a Person Finder page to help people concerned about loved ones in the area affected by Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Person Finder page can be found athttp://japan.person-finder.appspot.com/ and is available in both Japanese and English