Call for Sludge Removal Volunteers!
Sludge, brought by the tsunami, is now emitting disturbing odor around communities (please see our blog on March 31st). It has been more than three weeks since the incident, and the sludge is drying up and hardening. Gradually this sludge will turn into dust. The dust will be blown up into the air which can have perverse effects to our health.
The tsunami brought heavy mud and sludge inside houses. Tatami mats and furnitures have absorbed water (one tatami can weigh up to 100kg), thus women and elders cannot even clean up their houses.
Most of the people staying at their homes live on the second floor because the ground floor is covered with mud and sludge. There are also evacuees who could return home once mud and sludge is cleared.
JEN is now receiving volunteers while coordinating with other organizations. We are now calling for volunteers to help us remove mud and sludge from houses.
Your participation will be greatly appreciated!
Please click here for the latest report on sludge removal volunteer.
Terms and conditions
- Transportation to come to Ishinomaki must be organized by the volunteers.
- Volunteers will lodge in tents, using sleeping bags.
- Volunteers need to bring a tent, a sleeping bag, food and drinks for their consumption, work clothes (a helmet, rubber boots, a goggle, rubber gloves, long sleeve T-shirt and trousers).
We are calling for volunteers on the following days:
Please note that the time and the meeting point may change due to local situation. Please check our website before your departure for any changes. Thank you for your cooperation.
Tuesdays (Application deadline: Every Monday at noon)
April 12th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 13th
April 19th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 20th
April 26th at 17:00, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Sludge removal will begin from 8:00 April 27th
Saturdays (Application deadline: Every Thursday at 17:00)
April 16th at 9:30, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Sludge removal will begin from 10:00 April 16th
April 23rd at 9:30, meeting at Ishinomaki Senshu University
Sludge removal will begin from 10:00 April 23rd
During the Golden Week
April 29th and 30th
May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th
[Application deadline for volunteers during the Golden Week]
For volunteers starting April 29th, 30th, May 1st and 2nd
Application deadline: April 28th at noon
For volunteers starting May 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th
Application deadline: May 2nd at noon
For volunteers starting May 7th and 8th
Application deadline: May 6th at noon
For more information: 「sludge_removal_volunteer.pdf」をダウンロード
Application form: 「application_form.doc」をダウンロード
Please indicate "sludge removal volunteer" in the subject section of your email.