3/11 Disaster Relief and Recovery Journal

Just days after the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, JCIE began documenting the work being done by NGOs in the region. For nearly two years—through December 2012—we provided short updates on our website that offered a glimpse into the day-to-day activities being undertaken to provide relief, support, and healing for those affected by the disaster.

These updates focused on the work done by the grantees of the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund, whether through our funding or through support from other sources. Together, they form a journal that offers a unique look at how NGOs engage in post-disaster assistance in the initial phases and how their work shifts over time.

These posts are on the initial two years. Information from January 2013 on is available on our 3/11 Disaster Relief & Recovery Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

NICCO‘s survey team found that the town of Rikuzentakata lost roughly half of its employees in the disaster, making it difficult for the town to respond to the emergency. Accordingly, NICCO personnel joined with doctors and experts in electrical and water supply and headed to … Read more…

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

JEN sent its third team to Miyagi Prefecture, where they joined other teams conducting surveys of the northern part of the prefecture. In addition to JEN’s ongoing efforts in Sendai, they are planning to expand their efforts to this hard-hit northern area that has not … Read more…

Thursday, March 24—Friday, March 25, 2011

Thursday, March 24—Friday, March 25, 2011

Japan Platform reported that relief supplies raised through its matching program reached the Natori relief supply warehouse (the town’s recreation center) today. Sanitary supplies provided by Kao (hand sanitizer, etc.) were being distributed to evacuees with the help of the Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA) … Read more…

Saturday, March 26—Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26—Sunday, March 27, 2011

JEN has been posting weekly lists of items that are needed in the region, and on the 26th they announced that a truck full of supplies had successfully headed off to deliver the collected supplies. Items on their request list for the coming week include … Read more…

Monday, March 28—Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Monday, March 28—Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In Iwate Prefecture’s Kamaishi City, the larger evacuation centers have been receiving relief supplies and medical services, but AMDA reports that the management of aid stocks needs to be improved. They also report that communication lines to the town of Otsuchi are still out and some evacuation … Read more…

Wednesday, March 30—Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wednesday, March 30—Thursday, March 31, 2011

On the 29th, JEN distributed fleece clothing and underwear that was donated by UNIQLO to evacuees in Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture). The UNIQLO employees assisted in delivering these goods to more than 750 residents at three sites that had been announced on the radio. JEN is … Read more…

April 2–April 3, 2011

April 2–April 3, 2011

Peace Winds Japan has been examining medium- to long-term needs in the region and is currently working on plans in two areas: (1) supplying household items for those who are moving into temporary residences, and (2) providing play spaces where children and caregivers can play, and … Read more…

April 4–April 5, 2011

April 4–April 5, 2011

On April 2–3, JEN brought its third shipment of relief supplies to Ishinomaki (Miyagi Prefecture), providing clothing donated by UNIQLO as well as other supplies donated from around the country. They have assisted more than 2,000 people in that town to date. Among the donated … Read more…