We just received a project report from ICA Japan. Translation of the report is after the images.
Eastern Japan Great Earthquake, Victim Support #3
June 2011 ~
Miyagi Prefecture Southern Coastal Area, Fukushima Prefecture Northern Coastal Area
Four months has passed since the disaster. Transferring into temporary housings began in May, and more and more evacuation shelters are closing down. Supplies are not plenty yet, however, is going around to most people now. The season is transitioning from the rainy to the hot and humid, and Fukushima prefecture still faces the serious problem about the Nuclear Power Plant. In areas of high radiation levels, children cannot play in the sun, cannot open classroom windows despite the hot weather, and wear a mask when going outside.
Our current activities are researching needs through correspondence with local information sources and city halls, providing food supplies to school cafeterias, help businesses donate air purifiers to classrooms, and purchasing radiation measuring instruments to make it available to local communities. In addition, requested by the Soma-Futaba Fishery Association, we have rebuilt the Fishery office by the port, which was washed away by the tsunami. The construction cost was funded by the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund - Boston. The fish market area has been cleaned up and is waiting for the region's fishing to begin again around August.
After time, the method of support is beginning to change. Support activities that solely about distributing money or supplies will be difficult to truly help people who lost everything to step forward once again. We intend to vision something further, and continue our disaster relief activities to protect the lives that survived the most disastrous earthquake in Japan history.