My name is Shibata, and I am a member of the Ishinomaki Relief Effort team. I am presenting a report on our relief effort in Ishinomaki. This is the first part of my report, and I will report on the rest in later articles.
(2HJ) started food supply to
Ishinomaki right after the 3.11 disaster.
Since then 2HJ has been delivering relief supplies donated from
individuals and companies to the Self-Defense Forces temporary warehouse in
Ishinomaki City Athletic Park (until June), NGOs and NPOs based in Ishinomaki
Senshu University, evacuation centers, and survivors living in temporary houses
or in their houses every weekend until now. Since survivors living in their
houses receive little relief supplies from the local government, 2HJ has been
regularly holding supply-distribution events in areas such as Minato,
Kazuma, Watanoha, and Shiotomi, where lots of residents suffered
serious damages from the tsunami. Japan
|2HJ’s 4-ton truck has been very useful for our relief efforts in Ishinomaki. In this picture, the truck had just arrived at the WFP warehouse built in Ishinomaki Senshu University (April, 2011).|
|Unloading relief supplies in the Self-Defense Forces temporary warehouse in Ishinomaki City Athletic Park|
|Preparing for a supply-distribution event in Kazuma area in April, 2011|
After eight months since the disaster, most debris has been cleared, and disaster areas are relatively clean now. More and more stores are reopened, and local people can enjoy shopping. But in areas devastated by the tsunami, local businesses have not recovered yet. Survivors there have difficulties in going for shopping without cars or bicycles. Furthermore, many people have lost their jobs. Food supplies for them are still strongly needed. 2HJ wishes to ask for your unfailing support so we can continue to provide relief supplies for survivors until they rebuild their lives and stand on their feet.