B1 Miyako

Support for households living in affected area during the winter months and activities for community rebuilding

Organization Miyako Action Development supported by: Miyako-shi Social Welfare Council
Location Miyako-shi, Iwate
Period 1 December 2011 – 31 March 2012 (4 months)
Amount 2 million yen(1.5 million yen project funding / 500,000 yen organization capacity building)
Brief outline This project will conduct initiatives for the recreation of the local community, including a survey of households still living in affected areas and provide necessary items for winter, assist with snow removal.
Capacity building The support organization will provide advice to the applicant organization on management, good accounting practice, and approaches to solving the problems facing the region.
Rationale for project While damaged by the tsunami, many homes in the coastal Kuwagasaki and Kanehama areas are still habitable and many people remain in their own homes.

However, the chairman of the local council has evacuated to temporary accommodation inland, and the local government mechanisms have been disrupted. This has caused difficulty in assessing the needs and in distributing material support.

Support for survivors living in their own homes often falls outside the remit of official organizations, as it is hard to see how they meet eligibility criteria. Prefectural distribution of heaters free of charge is limited to those in temporary accommodation only, so those in their own homes do not receive them.

An insurance representative visited the area once only in March/April; since then there has been no evaluation of the situation or support provided.

There are not enough people to carry out snow clearing work.

This project will target the 700 households still living in their own homes in Kuwagasaki and Kanehama.

December and Feburary 2012 : Survey of households living in affected areas, over 20 days

December to March: snow shoveling, providing necessary items

January and March: organising events (eg mochi tsuki, hina matsuri)

By supporting a community organization developing from within the locality, it will be given the tools to support the recovery effectively.

Website http://madmiyako.seesaa.net/
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