NCC Japan Ecumenical Disaster Response Office (NCC-JEDRO)
Elftes Projekt von JEDRO: Fuku-Hachi-Retreat with Children Project01. Juli -30. September 2012
Incorporated Non-Profit Organization ASAGAO
für 20 Kinder und 20 Mütter
Geplantes Budget von etwa 45.000 EURO
Aus dem Projekt-Antrag:
3. Detailed Project Description
＜Current Situation and Problems in Project Area and Among Intended Beneficiaries＞
Severely affected by the earthquake disaster of last year and still under the tension of potential recurrence of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, many residents of Minamisoma are in a state of PTSD, while also facing anxiety for the future. It is therefore difficult for many children to stay away from their parents, even for recuperation. There is a need for programs that offer short and frequent opportunities for parents and children to recuperate together.
In spite of the apparent recovery of peaceful life in Nakadori area (the inland region of Fukushima, where Fukushima and Koriyama cities are located), adults are still feeling much anxiety over radioactive contamination and potentially recurring disasters, as well an awkwardness of atmosphere that does not allow people to speak their minds. Parents in the child-rearing years and young people are in need of opportunities to talk openly, with focus on children's futures, on such occasions as a retreat for children.
There are differences in the local characters and the states of damage caused by the disaster between the Nakadori area and Minamisoma, which is in the Hamadori, or coastal, region of Fukushima. The point of this recreation camp is "reassurance" for participants, and therefore we feel such a camp needs to be family-oriented and participants should be people of different generations from a single area.
Hachijo Island, where the convalescence program will be carried out, is a unique community that has forged a convivial society through their experience of overcoming frequent natural disasters. Whilst there has been a gradual fall in the number of local residents due to aging of the population, the number of people migrating from other areas has been increasing in recent years, attracted by clean sea and green mountains, as well as a rich local "castaway" culture. Hachijo Island's people have warmly welcomed people who were afflicted by the Great East Japan Earthquake, based in part on their recent experience of accepting evacuees from Miyake Island during times of volcanic eruptions. They are still offering houses and farmlands for the suffered people. This time we aim to establish a connection between Hachijo Island and Fukushima, and a establish a foothold for developing a model for convivial society.