Ishinomaki Report 2011.4.3

Arrived in Ishinomaki, Distributed Supplies, Made Hot Meals

~Delivering to People in Makeshift Shelters and Private Homes~

Our first delivery was to the same place as the previous shipment – a makeshift shelter in a general store that had survived the tsunami in Ishinomaki. We unloaded 6 tons of supplies, including futon, pillows, food, and baby supplies. A line of over 100 people gathered outside the shelter and the goods were distributed with a limit of 5 goods per person. Everything was gone within 30 minutes.

The shop owner is a former member of the Japan Overseas Volunteers Corps. We have asked her to survey the needs in the surrounding area so that we can make a plan for distributing supplies directly to households in distress. Here, too, good partners like this are essential for providing effective aid.

People gathered in front of the general store

~Ishinomaki High School Shelter~

At the high school shelter, I joined members of the Tokushima International Cooperation Organization (TICO), an NGO from Shikoku that we work with in Cambodia. Together, we made curry and rice for people in the shelter. The truck driver joined in the cooking, too!

Making curry.

Poster announcing the curry meal!

I met with the leader of the shelter, Mr. Takahashi. Struggling to keep back his tears, he told me, “Second Hand was the quickest to respond to our requests. It is so clear from the supplies you send that you have really thought about us and about what we need. Your help has provided the energy that keeps us going in our relief efforts… Nothing you sent was useless.” To all of you who have contributed, please know that your caring and compassion for the people in the disaster area has reached their hearts even through the supplies we’ve sent.

Inside the Ishinomaki High School Shelter

Changing room made from cardboard boxes. There’s no privacy in the shelter.

Many missing person notices are posted here.

The Ishinomaki High School Shelter will be reduced in size from April 20. Those who remain face a long struggle ahead and Second Hand intends to continue responding to their changing needs.

A scene a short distance from the shelter.

Many destroyed homes have signs like this saying where the occupants are.

 

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