B2 Yamamoto

Supporting independent living for those in temporary accommodation

Organization Yamamoto Recovery Support Centre supported by: ADRA Japan
Location Yamamoto-cho, Miyagi
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 run the Yamamoto Recovery Support Centre in collaboration with the Social Welfare Council. The centre provides support for temporary accommodation, coordination of volunteers and management of  meeting space.
Capacity building Staff with experience of support for disaster victims will be seconded to provide expertise to staff of the centre.
Rationale for project Support for those in temporary accommodation is polarised and scattered. At the same time, local government has collapsed because the six districts in the town were destroyed by the tsunami. The elderly, as well as middle aged men, need reliable and caring support to prevent deaths in isolation.

The project aims to create a mutual support community working towards the rebuilding of lives and management of health of survivors. It will carry out effective support through assessment of the diverse needs of residents and good networks of local government and cooperating organizations. This will be achieved by:

- Hiring two coordinators/staff to run the centre

- working  with a livelihood support counselor

- conducting survey of the needs, Coordinating of support organisations,

- organising events, such as a cookery class, taking part in a meeting for recovery support, PR of the centre

This is a joint project with ADRA Japan, an international NGO with specialist knowledge of disaster recovery. The Centre has a key role in supporting the recovery efforts and in redressing imbalances in distribution of support and creating more effective systems. The transfer of expertise from the support organization will be of great assistance in recovery projects.

Website http://yamamoto-4clover.jimdo.com/
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