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Volunteer in Ishinomaki with "It’s Not Just Mud"

Volunteer in Ishinomaki with "It’s Not Just Mud"

* The following is an excellent editorial piece on a volunteering experience with the It’s Not Just Mud group, written by Brent Danley Jones, posted with permission.  THE PROGRAM:It’s Not Just Mud (INJM) is an NPO started by an Englishman-turned-teacher-turned volunteer leader who upon seeing the extent of the damage […]

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Tohoku Planning Forum #2

Tohoku Planning Forum

英語で行うが、この東北の震災後の復興計画に関するフォーラムはForeign Volunteers Japanの活動に役に立つかもしれません。 私は第一回のフォーラムでボランティア活動について発表をしていて、とっても良いディスカッションになりました。FVJは団体としてこれから段々大きくなって行くから、将来の活動についてはいろいろ考えなければならないと思うので、もし東京に居て、月曜日の夕方に都合が開いてたら、是非参加して見てください。 On Monday, January 16th, the Tohoku Planning Forum will be holding its second seminar regarding the rebuilding of the tsunami-hit regions of Tohoku. A few FVJ members took part in the first forum and found it to be a valuable experience providing many lively discussions on […]

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We Will Always Remember You

Screen shot from Kenji Araki's video conveying thanks to donors from the people of Tohoku.

In October, Kenji Araki, a director from NY came to Tohoku to film a video as part of another project, and joined the It’s Not Just Mud crew for a couple days. This video is addressed to international citizens as a thank you message from the people of Tohoku, and […]

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Please fill in the Survey on tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Please fill in the Survey on tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation

Relief supplies for Minamisoma – During delivery by Rescue Japan Please fill in the Survey on tokyo hazard vulnerability and preparation This survey aims to gather information related to disaster preparedness from residents in Tokyo targeting 4 Wards (Edogawa, Koto, Meguro and Minato) It focuses on the following hazards Floods, […]

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Coats for Kids

Coats for Kids

   Foreign Volunteers Japan has begun campaigning with Kanto-based International Schools to collect coats for children affected by the disaster in Tohoku, who will soon be facing a harsh Winter. If you work at, or are involved with a school that might be interested in getting involved, please feel free […]

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Romeo for Tohoku (Aroma Rich Juliet contest – I need your vote!)

Romeo for Tohoku (Aroma Rich Juliet contest – I need your vote!)

Posted on behalf of hard-working Tohoku Volunteer Dean Newcombe, in support of his work with Intrepid Model Adventures and their long-term volunteer project in Ishinomaki:  http://aroma-rich-romeo.jp/profile/dean.html Romeo and Juliet. We all know the story, but perhaps most of us don’t get the chance to be labeled as ‘Romeo’! That’s exactly […]

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Reflections and Narratives of Relief Work for Japan

* by David H. Slater The measure, experience and meaning of a “disaster” is in large part a function of the relief that is, or is not, provided to those in need. Focus: This is an open call for short (less than 700 words) pieces on the topic of relief […]

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Smiles & Dreams: Tohoku Kids Project

Smiles & Dreams: Tohoku Kids Project

Hi my name is Paul Yoo, Co-founder of volunteerAKITA and The Fruit Tree Project (www.volunteerakita.org).  Along with our on-going activities, we are also involved in the “Smiles & Dreams:Tohoku Kids Project” led by Living Dreams/SmileKidsJapan (www.livingdreams.jp and www.smilekidsjapan.org). Right now, we are working as Home Communication Managers (HCMs) to two orphanages in […]

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Aussie Beef

Aussie Beef

*Written by Jamie El-Banna The day started quite differently to others, as I had the morning off. I had stuff to do in the afternoon, but was free in the morning. I opted to spend my free time catching up on emails, listening to some beats and enjoying the breeze […]

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Time to plant those seeds.

Time to plant those seeds.

* Entry written by Dru Taylor Dave Enright, who held a fundraiser and bought this tractor, posing with his son after a job well done. I dont normally write stuff like this but this story is lovely. A couple of weeks ago we put an advert up in the BCCJ […]

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