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.
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.
After reaching out to our network we are pleased to announce that we have located a Japanese non-profit organization JEN (“Japanese Emergency NGO”), to work directly with on the ground in Tokyo and the tsunami affected northern areas of Japan. JEN came highly recommended to us by our partners over at the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, who vouched for JEN’s trustworthiness and effectiveness in disaster relief.
JEN is an officially registered Japanese non-profit founded in 1994 in response to the humanitarian crisis in Bosnia, and has since then been conducting relief around the world for victims of war, internal conflicts and natural disasters. JEN’s motto of “psycho-social care and assistance for self-reliance” is very similar to RMF’s goal of real medicine focusing on the person as a whole by providing medical/physical, emotional, economic and social support.
As the situation is very fluid day to day in Japan, JEN is currently focusing on delivering food and supplies to emergency shelters set up through the region. The situation on the ground will surely change as this crisis develops and our partners at JEN will keep us updated with the latest assessments and needs. JEN has been updating their blog with stories of delivering food and blankets to the tsunami victims. See their blog here.