Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Recipients as of December 2016
AFS Intercultural Programs Japan (AFS日本協会) AFS Intercultural Programs Japan is a non-profit international exchange organization for students and adults. AFS Japan provides a wide range of programming, including summer camp programs, school-based exchanges, and shorter summer programs for high school students. With support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, AFS Japan provides scholarships for students from the Tohoku region for school-based exchanges primarily to the United States.
Archi+ Aid (アーキエイド), an organization of architects dedicated to the recovery of the Tohoku region, works to give local citizens a say in the reconstruction of their devastated towns post- March 11. With the goals of safety, sustainability, and preserving local culture, Archi+ Aid uses funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to organize workshops that bring architects, architectural students, urban planners, and disaster prevention professionals together with local industry, cooperatives, and citizens to share their visions for the future of their cities.
Ashinaga (あしなが育英会) has provided financial, educational and emotional support to Japanese children who have lost one or both parents for any reason for the past 40 years. Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund were used for programs that provide needed emotional support for children from Tohoku.
Ashoka Japan (アショカ・ジャパン), a two-time Japan Earthquake Relief Fund recipient, provides opportunities for junior high, high school and college students who have creative and innovative ideas for revitalizing the Tohoku region to pitch their ideas as part of Tohoku Youth Venture. Successful students receive seed funding to put their ideas into action. The Youth Venture initiative was launched with the vision to change society by enabling and empowering youth.
Association for the Corporate Support for the Arts (企業メセナ協議会) conducts research, surveys and seminars to build partnerships between business and the arts. With a second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Association provides local communities in Tohoku with funds to revitalize local festivals and folk entertainment as part of its “Hundred Festivals Revival Fund,” which play a vital role in bringing communities together and preserving local cultural heritage.
BEYOND Tomorrow enables the youth of Tohoku to follow their dreams and aspirations while becoming the leaders of tomorrow through scholarships and mentoring programs. A second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports youth orphaned or severely affected by the disasters of March 11 through comprehensive leadership development and mentoring programs.
Care Center Yawaragi (ケア・センターやわらぎ) is a non-profit organization in Tokyo that offers personalized home care services for the elderly, including group homes, short-stay services, day services, and home help services. In response to the March 11 disaster and with support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the organization provided healthcare kits, including bicycles, ponchos, gloves, masks, and antiseptic, among other essentials necessary for healthcare providers in the region who care for the elderly, ill, disabled or pregnant. The healthcare workers focused on those outside of the shelters who lack mobility or means and require home care.
ETIC (エティック) is a leading organization in Japan that trains and supports young social and business entrepreneurs. In the most recent grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, ETIC will organize a series of events to commemorate the 5th Anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake with programs that reflect on the accomplishments in the region, but also looks to the future. The Relief Fund also supports ETIC’s efforts to nurture and support “hubs” that emphasize human resource development to promote self-sustaining economic and community revitalization. This grant builds on previous grants to match Fellows with specific expertise to small businesses, entrepreneurs and NPOs in an effort to help revitalize local economies. In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, the Relief Fund supported ETIC’s work to identify the most vulnerable (the elderly, disabled, those with special medical needs) and match them with the critical services they needed in the immediate aftermath of 3.11.
Fukushima Agriculture Revitalizing Network (FAR-Net) started the Minero Dairy Farm, a nonprofit corporation governed by its members, to help revitalize dairy farming in Fukushima. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the farm’s Mo-Mo School, which fosters the understanding of dairy farming through educational programs, as well as an internship program.
Fukushima Organic Agriculture Network (福島県有機農業ネットワーク ) is a network of organic farmers, agricultural scientists, consumers and wholesalers in Fukushima Prefecture that promotes organic farming. A second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief supports its work with local farmers through new sales outlets, the decontamination of local farmland, programs that improve farming in Fukushima, and the development of a new program to educate visitors about the situation in Fukushima.
Fukushima Solar and Agriculture Experience Association (福島復興ソーラー・アグリ体験交流の会) is an agricultural project powered with its own solar energy park. As part of the programming, the Association started the Green Academy, an experiential learning program for students, elementary through university, which emphasizes teaching students to think and act. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the construction of a permanent facility for the Green Academy.
Ganbatte 365, started after 3.11, used Japan Earthquake Relief Funds to work with organizations in the disaster affected areas to help them tell their stories of recovery and renewal through video, provides additional communication services to NPOs and other groups, and teaches children technology and presentation skills through storytelling.
General Reconstruction Association, Inc. (GRA) is working to revitalize strawberry farming in Miyagi Prefecture by hiring local strawberry farmers and using new technology that will enable them to grow strawberries year round. Support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund enables the company to purchase necessary equipment for state-of-the-art greenhouses.
Hand-in-Hand is a collaborative program that brought three chorus groups from Tohoku, a region known for having among the best chorus groups in Japan, to New York on March 28, 2012 for a special performance with the New York City Opera Orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center. The program included 90 elementary school and college students and was intended to lift their spirits and restore their hopes for the future.
Human Rights Watch Japan (ヒューマン・ライツ・ウォッチ) is a non-profit international organization dedicated to raising human rights awareness through reports and media coverage that focus international attention where human rights are violated. Focusing on children from Tohoku who lost one or both parents and are in alternative care, Human Rights Watch Japan, working with the government and civic groups, investigated and reported on the current situation of these vulnerable children in an effort to improve alternative care not only in Tohoku, but throughout Japan.
IIE (イー) works with craftsmen to market and brand the highest level crafts produced in Tohoku as part of an effort to revitalization local communities. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports IIE’s Tohok Produce Project, which provides educational opportunities for local craftsmen, assistance to develop new products, and disseminates information on the crafts through a website and publication.
Iitate Village （飯舘村）was evacuated as a result of radioactive contamination from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Although located outside the radiation exclusion zone, radiation carried by wind contaminated the village. The village’s dynamic Mayor, Norio Kanno, is determined to bring the village back to life, but until it is safe for villagers, the Relief Fund supports reunions organized by the village to help residents stay connected and maintain their sense of community.
Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan (JCN) (東日本大震災支援全国ネットワーク ) is a network of 600 organizations that provide support to survivors of the 3.11 earthquake and tsunamis. With Japan Earthquake Relief Fund support, JCN sheds light on the situation of citizens who have had to evacuate from the Tohoku region, many of whom find themselves isolated and without support. JCN will play a critical role in information sharing and networking among the approximately 200 organizations helping former Tohoku residents, who are scattered from Hokkaido to Okinawa.
Japan Community Cinema Center (コミュニティシネマセンター), which brings quality, community-based film programs to regional areas throughout Japan, uses its second grant to continue providing cultural and emotional support and unity in Tohoku through small and large-scale screenings of classic and contemporary films. Films and workshops will take place at temporary housing locations and in community spaces.
Japanese Medical Society of America (JMSA) ( 米国日本人医師会) a two-time Japan Earthquake Relief Fund grant recipient, is a professional medical association of Japanese-speaking doctors in New York. The first grant supports JMSA’s partnership with Kokoro-no-Care Nagomi, a project to create community-based multidisciplinary mental health care in Fukushima. Services are provided to patients with symptoms resulting from the March 11 disaster, as well as those with pre-existing conditions. Through the second grant, JMSA partners with the Kokoro-no-Kakehashi and a coalition of collaborators, including the Japan Association for Emergency Psychiatry, Japan Medical Support Network, University of California San Francisco, JAMSnet Tokyo and New York and various local welfare organizations in Iwate Prefecture, to provide mental health services to citizens in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture and to create a new regional model for mental health care using mobile units and new communication technologies. The project will also support the training and development of disaster psychiatrists and educate those affected by the disaster on issues of mental health.
Japan NPO Center (日本NPOセンター), established after the Kobe earthquake to support the development of NPOs throughout Japan, in partnership with its sister organization, the Civil Society Initiative Fund (市民社会創造ファンド), used funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to identify and support local community-based, grassroots NPOs and volunteer organizations involved in relief and sustainable recovery work throughout the affected region. The grants were mostly small in size, averaging 1,000,000 yen each, and reach smaller community-based organizations with speed and flexibility. In this way, community-based organizations that are not well known, but known in their communities, were supported in their efforts in amounts appropriate to their size.
Japan Primary Care Association (日本プライマリ・ケア連合学会) is a professional society of medical practitioners, researchers and students that promotes best practices in the medical and health and welfare fields. In response to the Tohoku earthquake, the Japan Primary Care Association established the Primary Care for All Team (PCAT) to undertake medical relief work in the region. The Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supported PCAT—multidisciplinary healthcare teams headed by doctors—who provided medical care to evacuees in shelters and temporary housing, and to those in need in their homes. The healthcare teams also provided long-term support for local physicians in the region to ensure that patients had access to continued primary care, including a specialized team in obstetrics.
Japanese Society of Certified Clinical Psychologists (日本臨床心理士会) is an association of certified clinical psychologists with organizations in all 47 prefectures in Japan, which serves and educates clinical psychologist. Funds will support psychological support programs in Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures.
JEN (ジェン), a three-time Japan Earthquake Relief Fund recipient, is an international humanitarian relief and development organization with experience responding to disasters around the world, including Japan. Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund support JEN’s work in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, and enabled JEN to provide emergency relief and debris and sludge clean up, and provided timely support to aqua-farmers and fishermen in four ports on the Oshika peninsula. The third grant supports JEN’s “Memory Program,” a storytelling contest that highlights the work of individuals active in Tohoku reconstruction.
KISYN（帰心の会), an organization started by five leading Japanese architects, Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, Riken Yamamoto and Hiroshi Naito, builds communal spaces called “Home-for-All” in communities devastated by the tsunami. Partnering with a younger generation of architects and in close collaboration with local residents, “Home-for-All” provides a place of comfort, for sharing information, and a place for discussing recovery and reconstruction. The Relief Fund supported the construction of a “Home-for-All” for fishermen in Kamaishi city.
Kokoro no Sodanshitsu (心の相談室) is a collaborative effort of medical professionals and spiritual leaders to provide psycho-social support to those affected by the 3-11 disasters through toll free telephone consultations and “Café de Monk”, a radio program aired in Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures.
MAKOTO supports and trains entrepreneurs in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures and started the Council of Supporting Entrepreneurs for Recovery, which brings together organizations, government officials, corporations and universities interested in supporting entrepreneurship in Tohoku. MAKOTO’s programs include cocolin, a co-working space in Sendai; a crowd funding site, Challenge Star; and a crowd sourcing program to match entrepreneurs with expertise. A second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports MAKOTO's work with entrepreneurs in Tohoku.
Mirai Kikin (東日本大震災こども未来基金) is a foundation established in direct response to the large number of children who lost one or both parents in the March 11 disaster. Using a grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, Mirai Kikin provided children who lost one or both parents with financial support for educational expenses. Working with local boards of education and school principals, eligible children, from elementary to high school students, can receive a maximum of five years of financial support.
NPO Asueno Kibo (アスヘノキボウ) works to build connections between the NPO, public, and private sectors to support entrepreneurs and NPO leaders as part of the long term reconstruction and revitalization of Onagawa. With support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, Asueno Kibo is undertaking a groundbreaking effort to collect relevant data that local government, the civil sector and businesses can use to better understand the current situation in Onagawa and better measure impact and progress as stakeholders move forward on reconstruction and revitalization. Onagawa will serve as a model for the data collection and analysis project, and two other towns will participate to assess the value and relevance of data collection and analysis project for their respective towns.
NPO Jibunmirai Club (ＮＰＯ法人じぶん未来クラブ) partners with Young Americans, an American non-profit group, to bring Japanese and American youth together through the popular musical workshops that instill respect, self-esteem, teamwork and the discovery of one’s potential. With a second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, a series of workshops will take place in Tohoku in the fall of 2013.
NPO Riku Café (りくカフェ) started after 3.11 as a small community space where local residents could relax, come together over tea or coffee, and share information in Rikuzentakata. Given the success of the space, the Relief Fund supports the building of a larger café designed by architect Yuri Naruse so the organization can provide more services and activities for the community. A second grant to NPO Riku Café helps to bridge the increased costs of construction due to the building boom in Tohoku.
re:terra started the Kesen Tsubaki Dream Project, a community development project that includes job creation, forestry conservation and tourism. Partnering with a small refinery that was damaged as a result of 3.11, an NPO that helps the disabled find employment, and a group of women doctors, re:terra developed and sells Kesen Tsubaki hand crème using oil from camellia seeds. re:terra also supports the conservation of the cedar forests in Kesen where the camellia plants grow.
Rias no Mori (りあすの森) works in Ishinomaki on restoration and community-building efforts in a way that takes into consideration the area’s educational, environmental, economic and welfare needs. A second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund continues support for the Satoyama Activity Center and its educational and recreational programs for children and adults.
Safecast is a Tokyo-based global volunteer-centered citizen science project that aggregates radioactivity data from throughout the world in order to provide real-time hyper-local information about the status of the environment. With the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund grant, Safecast will install seven Pointcast sensors in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, and develop the generation Pointcast sensor.
Sanaburi Foundation (地域創造基金さなぶり), the only community foundation in Tohoku, supports local groups working on long term recovery and community development efforts in Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures. Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the Foundation’s data initiative, which will help the region better understand the needs in each prefecture as well as their progress through the use of data.
Studio for Cultural Exchange (文化交流工房) was founded to promote cultural exchange activities between Japan and the United States. Voices from Japan: Despair and Hope from Disaster was its first collaborative project and includes tanka written by survivors of the earthquake and tsunamis. With support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the experience of the tanka poets from Tohoku were shared in the U.S and beyond.
Supporting Union for Practical-Use of Educational Resources (教育支援協会), in partnership with Abukuma NS Net, both of which run summer camps for children all over Japan, started the Fukushima Kids Summer Camp (ふくしまキッズ夏季林間学校) in the summer of 2011 for first through ninth graders from Fukushima Prefecture who were not able to enjoy the outdoors due to radiation concerns. In the summer of 2014, with support from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the Supporting Union’s fourth Fukushima Kids Summer Camp takes place in Hokkaido.
Sweet Treat 311 supports children affected by the 3.11 disasters through the Ogatsu Academy, which provides academic support, farming, fishing and nature programs, and IT training programs for children of Ogatsu. Sweet Treat 311 recently purchased an abandoned school, and with a second grant—a matching grant—from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the renovation of the school into a place that connects the children and citizens of Ogatsu to nature and others from around Japan and the world.
The Taylor Anderson Memorial Fund (テイラー・アンダーソン記念基金) was started by Taylor’s family to honor her memory after 3.11. Taylor was teaching English in Ishinomaki as part of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme when the earthquake and tsunami struck Tohoku. The Memorial Fund focuses on recovery projects in Ishinomaki that benefit students, schools and families, starting with creation of reading corners in schools and inviting Japanese students to the United States. The Memorial Fund now supports eight projects in Ishinomaki.
http://www.taylorandersonmemorialfund.org/ (English and Japanese)
Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster Relief (東京災害ボランティアネットワーク) is an experienced disaster preparedness, relief and recovery organization based in Tokyo with experience in the region (1998 Fukushima flood). Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supported the establishment of a distribution center in the city Tome, Miyagi Prefecture for the food, water, blankets and other goods the Network will collect and distribute. The network coordinated the efforts of approximately 3,000 volunteers who came to the region in groups of 15-50 for one week at a time to help distribute emergency relief supplies and help with clean-up efforts.
Tsumugi, Inc. (紬) a social business, started the Kumiki Project, which produces interlocking wood blocks that can be made into furniture and buildings. With a grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, the wood blocks are used to construct a building in Ishinomaki that will serve as a community space, a market for local businesses who haven’t been able to rebuild, and archive space on the disaster.
Tumugiya (つむぎや) provides economic, social and community support in Tohoku. With a second grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, Tumugiya works with the local fishing community on the Oshika Peninsula to revitalize the cultivation and sale of seaweed (wakame) and seaweed products.
Voluntary Architects Network (ボランタリー・アーキテクツ・ネットワーク) was established by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban as a disaster assistance organization that focuses on architectural projects in post-disaster areas around the world. Mr. Ban designed the new train station in Onagawa, which was swept away by the tsunami. A public bath was included as part of the train station and the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund supports the Onagawa Town Onsen Hot Bath Facility Tile Art Project. Local residents and individuals involved in the recovery process will be invited to paint tiles for two murals that will decorate the public bath. Working with Mr. Ban, Hiroshi Senju, artist, and Eiji Mitooka, industrial designer, will oversee the design of the murals.
https://www.facebook.com/VoluntaryArchitectsNetwork (English and Japanese)
World in Tohoku (WiT) works with social enterprises in Tohoku to strengthen their capacity and impact in the region. The grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund provides administrative support to the organization as well as support for four of the social enterprises they work with.
The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), an international organization that works with people with disabilities in emergency situations, is rebuilding Tanpopo House, a center for disabled persons in the village of Nishihara. JERF will provide institutional support and fund the purchase of equipment for the house and kitchen, which will serve the disabled, the economically disadvantaged, and the elderly.
FUMIDAS, which engages and nurtures college students through mid-to-long-term internships on Kyushu, will accelerate the work of local businesses and organizations working on recovery by partnering them with professionals, called right arm fellows, who have specific business knowledge such as branding, sales, IT, and management. JERF will provide institutional support and the right arm fellows.
Recognizing that many of the local NPOs in Kumamoto have limited experience in recovery and reconstruction, JEN—a leader in post-disaster relief, recovery and reconstruction in Japan—will partner with 20 local community leaders to enhance recovery and reconstruction efforts and strengthen the capacity of local leaders. JERF will support training programs for local leaders.
Katariba, which works with junior and senior high schools students throughout Japan, started the Kumamoto Collab School in Mashiki village to provide support to junior and senior high school students with afterschool tutoring, mental health support, and a place to hang out, and talk about their hopes and desires for the future. JERF provide institutional support and four retreats over the next year to engage students, expand their horizons and knowledge, inspire them, and bring them together with other students.
The Kumamoto Wellness Support Institute started KumaCafe to support residents living in temporary housing in Mashiki, Mifune, Minami-Aso, Ushiki, Uzuchi and Kousa towns in Kumamoto. Through the café, it builds self-reliance and healthy living through programs such as exercise classes that prevent health problems due to inactivity, including the so-called “economy class syndrome”, stress elimination classes, and community gardening. The Japan Earthquake Relief fund will support the purchase of equipment and the work of healthcare professionals at Kumacafe.