INJM started as an informal collection of volunteers working from the Senshu university emergency campgrounds in Ishinomaki. One of the first volunteers, Jamie El-Banna, came to Tohoku on a week-long volunteer trip to Higashi Matsushima (Miyagi Prefecture) in May 2011. Returning to his work in Osaka as an English teacher, he felt the need to get back to Tohoku and subsequently quit his job to do exactly that. With minimal support, mostly from friends and personal savings, he returned to Ishinomaki with the intention of staying there long-term.He started this website (initially as a blog) relating an off-the-cuff, wryly humorous account of volunteer life. Soon some of his friends came over to Ishinomaki to volunteer “with him”.. and then their friends, and friends of friends. Before long, INJM became an informal group of volunteers camping out at the Senshu University grounds, helping various other more established local groups. Jamie and a core group of other long-term volunteers became a source of information, support and organization for individual and even big groups of volunteers wanting to help. These blog entries help capture the situation from those initial days of volunteering,By the end of September the INJM “campsite” was an eclectic collection of 15-20 tents, a supply tent, a kitchen tent and solar lights! Jamie was joined by Marci McComish, Masae Ishikawa and Manish Sreenivasa, key board members of INJM who were instrumental in deciding to make INJM an official NPO. Soon they were joined by many others, some of whom are continuing members of the group. At the end of September the Senshu University grounds were closed to volunteers and INJM had to find a new home. Jamie put out a request on Twitter, and several retweets later we got offered the excellent house that currently serves as the INJM HQ, and this started a brand new chapter in INJM’s story.
Since March 11, 2011, people have been living with increased levels of radiation released from the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in their daily lives. Independent monitoring has shown that the release of radiation is different than government projections. Internationally, there is no consensus about safe evacuation distances. It is necessary for everyone to make an effort to minimize exposure to harmful levels of radiation. Thus, following this, we decided to mount the CRMS Project: Tools : 1.We take the following measures: – Outer Radioactivity. -Scintillation counter and germanium for food, water, soil. -Measurement of internal radioactivity (Listening and public consultation, medical care in the long term monitoring of white blood cells). -Installation of monitoring station (geiger counters) 2. collection and publication of data – Calculating the exposure of populations through the data retrieved from March 12 – Publication of the measurements on food – Publication of the external measurements of radioactivity. 3. Exchange with national and international experts . Interpretation of the overall data set . 4. Installation of monitoring stations. 5. Training people to measurements and calculation of cumulative doses. 6. Communication with the population on the internal and external radiation.
IDRO Japan Mission Statement IDRO-Japan aims to provide aid and assistance for immediate post-disaster relief and also assist in long-term support through relief trips and the construction of housing and community centers in the Tohoku region. IDRO Japan hopes to attain official NPO status in Japan to provide disaster relief for the Tohoku region that was heavily damaged by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. By focusing on the affected areas of the Tohoku region, IDRO Japan will work to establish a network of volunteers and businesses that can cooperate to provide both short-term and long-term disaster relief. Short-term disaster relief for the Tohoku disaster area IDRO Japan plans to travel from Kyoto to the Tokoku region, and from there enter the affected area in order to: Distribute food, clothing and toiletries. Gather information for future relief efforts Be self sufficient NOT get in the way or otherwise hamper the efforts of others
O.G.A. FOR AID is committed to providing relief aid as first responders and to contribute to the rebuilding and recovery of individuals, families and communities in need. To aid those who might otherwise fall through the cracks of the social order of their circumstances. We are determined to the best of our ability to fill these holes and be a support from which the goal of self-efficiency can be attained. We promote the betterment of society and the world by the basic standard of “No person left behind”. Most especially, if they are WILLING and we can help it. O.G.A FOR AID has been actively involved in relief aid and recovery work in MSR since March 2011. Helping to build up a system of distribution where essential food, water, other emergency supplies were made accessible to ALL survivors and residents of the devastated area. Adapting to the changing needs and phases of recovery, O.G.A. FOR AID set in place various projects to support the economic, social and community rebuilding and healing. Our current operations include from the south in Kitakami, Ishinomaki, the four areas of Minamisanriku: Iriya, Utastu, Shizugawa, Togura and north to the area of Oya, in Kessenuma city.Recovery support essentially means establishing a long term support system from which local residents and victims of the disaster may use to regain their lives and livelihoods. Projects which fill the gaps in their situation and support both the local economy and socially foster new community rebuilding.
The Playground of Hope is a “social fabric” project that aims to restore playgrounds in disaster-affected Tohoku communities as quickly and efficiently as possible so as to enhance economic recovery by making communities “livable” again for children, their parents and grandparents. Like a school, hospital or retirement home, parks are an important part of any healthy community. The Playground of Hope is where parents take their children to exercise through play, where elderly can go to enjoy passing time and where all residents can visit to find hope for the future rebuilding of their community.All proceeds will go towards our playground projects in disaster-affected Tohoku communities. The Playground of Hope is a project of Side By Side International (SBSI), a Japanese registered NPO with over 27 years of experience.