Posted by: japanecolodge | April 12, 2011

Fine-combing every shelters along the affected coast

Sendai is a city most broadcast in the media for being the Miyagi prefectural capital where most of the goods were first carried in. Other relatively-large towns and villages are slowly but surely recovering over time, but many are still in dire need principally due to its remoteness. RQ, the non-profit conglomerate of nature schools and outdoor operators working on a mission of rescue ‘RQ’, are working on the 120km coastlines north of Sendai. These areas are swept with fine-comb to identify what are actually needed by over 60 volunteers based in RQ Tohoku Volunteer Center in Tome along with the local volunteers. (photo courtesy of Greenwood)

WHY DO WE BELIEVE IN WHAT WE DO?

There are numerous officially designated shelters, however, there are also unofficial, smaller-scale shelters where many victims are still at a loss without proper assistance. These people are not on the official map, thus no adequate assistance are provided. RQ is locating more and more of these ‘imbalance between shelters’ by talking face to face to the earthquake-stricken communities.

The delay and uneven distribution of official and unofficial aids are partly due to the characteristic of the quake itself. The 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji earthquake and 2004 Chuetsu  earthquake were both epicentral earthquake. This time the devastated areas spread along the whole Pacific coast of Tohoku and Kanto areas. To tackle with this issue, RQ is calling for more volunteers despite the so called ‘fear of nuclear irradiation.’ The representative of RQ Mr. Hirose says ‘We can use all the help we can get. We will continue to provide the support for volunteers that are coming into the areas, volunteers for volunteers. The nuclear threats are played up with the media, but once they step on the soil there, people immediately catch that they are much less important than stepping another day toward tomorrow.’

Since RQ has started the rescue mission, as of March 31, 140tons of goods were delivered into 60 different shelters primarily to the ones unofficial. 790 volunteers are now assisting more and more places, creating a new kind of a map. In some shelters,  now equipped with hot showers or delivery hot spring, some even started a cafe.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO HELP ALLEVIATE THE BURDENS WHERE MOST WANTED

OUR PROMISES

  1. you will get updates on our association and partners’ efforts – track where your donation money goes
  2. your contribution of every last yen will be used on relief efforts – entirely used to purchase goods or offer services
  3. count on environmental friendliness – buy local, buy green products, help revitalize the local economy

PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS for Tohoku earthquake & Tsunami Disaster Relief Fund

Choose from two payment methods

  1. International transaction to Bank of Kyoto
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Please see the payment instruction (pdf) on our website;
http://www.japan-ecolodge.org/english/pdfs/payment%20instruction.pdf

WE APPRECIATE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!

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