Tohoku Area was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami on March 11. JEN has sent over 3,000 volunteers to Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture, by September. About 20 volunteers participated each day to remove debris and sludge, and to distribute relief supplies to temporary housings.
After 6 months from the earthquake, sceneries by the main roads have come back to how it was before. On the other hand, there are still many needs of volunteering at houses and public spaces, including evacuation centers, and factories where they need help on cleaning up to re-start their business. Also, volunteer support is needed for fishery reconstruction.
We can all support those people to make a first step to regain their livelihoods and be optimistic about their future again.
Thank you very much for your support.
<Terms and conditions>
1. Transportation to and from Ishinomaki must be organized by the volunteers.
2. Volunteers will work and lodge in groups.
3. Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag, food and drinks for their consumption, work clothes (rubber boots, rubber gloves, long sleeve T-shirts and trousers).
4. Volunteers need to be covered by volunteering insurance.
October 2011 – February 2012
*Volunteering activities are closed on Mondays and Tuesday (from October 2011)
*Minimum activity period is 1 day. Weekday activities are welcome.
*Application deadline is 5pm of 1 week prior to participation date.
*Application will be closed once we reach the quota, 20 volunteers per day.
<For first time volunteers>
First time volunteers at JEN must attend the orientation.
Meeting point: Outside of JEN Ishinomaki Office*
Meeting time: 5pm, every Tuesday
★Orientation will be held after assembling. Volunteers will be sent to the accommodation after the orientation. (leaving 6pm)
*Address: SASADENBILL 201, 3-13 Isenba, Ishionmaki City (5 minutes walk from JR Ishionmaki Station)
Meeting point: Same as Tuesdays (Please refer to above)
Meeting time: 9am, every Saturday
★Orientation will be held after assembling. Volunteers will be sent to the work place.
JEN Watanoha Accommodation
Address: 48-2 Watanoha aza Yamazaki, Ishionmaki City
*Accommodation is 500yen per night per person.
◆Debris and sludge removal at house (cleaning up debris, sludge, mud, trash, furniture submerged in water brought by the tsunami)
◆Distribution of relief supplies to temporary housings
◆Supporting fishery reconstruction activities
◆Cleaning up streams, shrines, and parks
And, any other work necessary.
Work may change due to supporting needs. Thank you for your understanding.
◆Schedule and meeting point may change due to local situation. Please check our website before departure for any changes.
◆JEN will contact volunteers by email or phone to confirm application of volunteers.
◆Application will be closed once we have 20 volunteers. If the application does not reach the quota, the application sill be open for volunteering. Please contact JEN individually.
◆There is a possibility that work will be cancelled in case of rain.
◆As the office is small, there is no space for the volunteers to stay and wait. Please assemble approximately 5 minutes before the meeting time.
It is mandatory to join the Volunteering Insurance (Natural disaster plan which covers in case of earthquakes). Please apply for your own Volunteering Insurance at your nearest Japan National Council of Social Welfare. Once applied, it is valid until end of March 2012.
<How to apply for JEN Volunteer>
Please fill in the application form and send via E-mail or FAX.
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org / Fax 03-5225-9357
Application form→ 「application_eng.doc」をダウンロード
Volunteering guide→ 「manual_eng.pdf」をダウンロード
<For more information on Tohoku volunteering>
Phone: 080-3303-3249 or 080-3303-6727 (only from 9am to 6pm on weekdays)