Update on Actions 2011.4.24

Supplies for the 9th shipment of goods were safely delivered to Ishinomaki residents living in shelters and at home. The shelter coordinators contacted us and specifically requested that we convey the residents’ gratitude and ask for continued support. So, many thanks to all of you for your help! Recovery will be a long-term process and we welcome any further assistance you are able to offer. (Also many thanks to those of you who came and stuffed envelops with our newsletter featuring a report on the disaster!)

The Cash For Work Project* is off to a good start. The project provides jobs to local disaster victims, helping them to stay and rebuild their communities and supporting a smoother economic recovery. Twelve people have already been hired in the initial phase. They are being paid 3,000 yen/day (750 yen/hour) to make homes inundated with dirt and debris livable again. Teams of workers are matched with local residents who are unable to clean their homes on their own. The project is being advertised through Hello Work and through the shelters. The response has been positive and the lessons learned will be applied as the project is expanded to hire more people and gradually extended to a broader area.

*Cash For Work is an internationally recognized method of recovery and was effectively used after such major disasters as the Sumatra earthquake and tsunami 2004 and the Haiti earthquake. The project is being coordinated by the Tohoku Region Earthquake Relief NGO Center and Second Hand is handling fundraising.

To support this project, please send donations to the following:

Our Paypal account: jimukyoku2hand@yahoo.co.jp (This is best if you are donating from overseas.)

Or/

Our bank account: (This is best if you are donating from within Japan.)

Bank: Japan Post Bank

Branch: Head Office

Bank Address: 3-2, Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo 100-8798, Japan

BIC (SWIFT Code): JPPSJPJ1

Account: 01620-6-60029

Name: SECOND HAND, Japan

Address: 1-1-18 Kanko-dori Takamatsu-Shi Kagawa-ken 760-0055, Japan

(Be sure to specify in the comment column “For the Tohoko Earthquake Relief Fund”.)

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