Japan Earthquake Relief Fund Recipients as of November 2013
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, and school-based exchange 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 long-term exchange programs 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 will use 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. It will use funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund for programs that provide needed emotional support for children from Tohoku.
Ashoka Japan’s（アショカ・ジャパン）Tohoku Youth Venture provides opportunities for junior high, high school and college students who have creative and innovative ideas for revitalizing the Tohoku region to pitch their idea as part of Tohoku Youth Venture initiative, and potentially 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. Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will support the “Hundred Festivals Revival Fund” to revitalize local festivals and folk entertainment in Tohoku, 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), a leading organization in Japan that trains young social and business entrepreneurs, is using its third grant from the Relief Fund 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 tap into ETIC’s extensive network of a younger generation of business and social entrepreneurs 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 and to match fellows with specific expertise, to small businesses, entrepreneurs and NPOs in an effort to help revitalize local economies.
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.
Ganbatte 365 works 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 will enable the company to purchase necessary equipment for state-of-the-art greenhouses.
Hand-in-Hand is a collaborative program that features three chorus groups from Tohoku, a region known for having among the best chorus groups in Japan. The program includes 90 elementary school and college students and is intended to lift their spirits and restore their hopes for the future. On March 28, 2012, students perform with the New York City Opera Orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.
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, will investigate and report on the current situation of these vulnerable children in an effort to improve alternative care not only in Tohoku, but throughout Japan.
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 will support 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 will shed 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, will use 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 allows JMSA, in partnership with the Fukushima Prefectural University Medical Center, to support the Medical Center’s “Kokoro no Care” program, a project to create community-based multidisciplinary mental health clinics. These clinics provide mental healthcare 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 Otsuchi-cho Mental Health Care Support group (a coalition of 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 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, partners with its sister organization, the Civil Society Initiative Fund (市民社会創造ファンド), to use 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. These grants are 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 know their community and its needs, can be 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 supports PCAT teams—multidisciplinary healthcare teams headed by doctors—who provide medical care to evacuees in shelters and temporary housing, and to those in need in their homes. The healthcare teams also provide long-term support for local physicians in the region to ensure that patients have 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 two-time Japan Earthquake Relief Fund recipient, is an international humanitarian relief and development organization with experience in Japan, spending five years in Niigata in response to the 2004 and 2007 earthquakes. Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund support JEN’s work in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, a fishing village that is among the hardest hit by the tsunami. The first grant enabled JEN to provide emergency relief and to help communities clean up debris and sludge. The second grant will assist JEN in its efforts, in collaboration with local fishery associations, to support the work of aqua-farmers and fishermen in four ports on the Oshika peninsula. The overall effort will help members of the community remain in the area and begin the process of revitalizing the local fishing industry.
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 will support 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, also available on YouTube.
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 will use JERF funds to establish and manage Cocolin in Sendai, a co-working and support facility for entrepreneurs.
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 provides 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 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 as a small community space where local residents could relax, come together over tea or coffee, and share information in Rikuzentaka. Given the success of the space, the Relief Fund will provide support to build a larger café that will be designed by architect Yuri Naruse so the organization can provide more services and activities for the community.
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 will continue support for the Satoyama Activity Center’s educational and recreational programs for children and adults.
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 is 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 can be 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 will organize its fourth Fukushima Kids Summer Camp in Hokkaido.
Sweet Treat 311 provides educational support to 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 a matching grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will support 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.
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 region (1998 Fukushima flood). Funds from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund support 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, it will use the wood blocks 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 space that will serve as an archive for 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 will work with the local fishing community on the Oshika Peninsula to revitalize the cultivation and sale of seaweed (wakame) and seaweed products.
World in Asia (WiA) works with social enterprises in Tohoku to strengthen their capacity and impact in the region. The grant from the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund will provide administrative support to the organization as well as support for four of the social enterprises they work with.