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東北地方太平洋沖地震支援にご協力をお願いします。
2011 Japan Earthquake/Tsunami Disaster Relief

                                
                  - Supporting Japan -
                                     
  ヘルピングハンズアンドハーツフィリピンでは、東日本大震災の被災者支援として、サポーティングジャパン運動を行っております。食糧、生活物資配布を実施するための支援をお願いします。第1回目の締切を5月15日として、それまでに集まった義援金をNPO法人ホープインターナショナル(Hope International Development Agency)を通じて現地を直接支援します。
    支援活動の一部映像(Youtube) → こちら


On Friday afternoon, March 13, 2011, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck off the coast of northeast Japan, collapsing buildings, and setting off a chain reaction of gigantic tidal waves (tsunami). At the present more than 10,668 are reported dead, more than 16,574 is missing. We are determined to use our network of connections in Japan to assist.
                               

今後の活動(日本)
   3月19日 震災セミナー Tsunami Victim seminer
   4月17日 震災チャリティー特別英会話 Charity English class
             
      義援金先 認定NPO法人幼い難民を考える会
   6月19日 震災チャリティーコンサート Charity Concert
          義援金先 NPO法人Hope International

今後の活動(フィリピン)
 4月10日にフィリピンNo.1テレビ局(ABS-CBN)でプロジェクトの宣伝をし、TV,ラジオ、新聞等でプロジェクトを推進していきます。SMマカティーでミニコンサートを行い、義援金として寄付と物品の販売(T-シャツ、書籍、エコ商品)を行う。MRTの各駅の構内で、赤十字とブースを半分シェアして義援金を募ります。4月19,20日は当団体だけでブースを出し、日本の着物姿や少年空手のチームにもサポートして頂きます(NPO法人アクションと共同実施)

        Our song in Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmsorNR8R-M
                                     歌: Yolanda (Menjie) Kobayashi


             新聞記事: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/313313/supporting-japan-launched

      http://www.philippinetalks.com/%E2%80%98supporting-japan%E2%80%99-launched-2/


            Activity in the Philippine

We are going to launch the project on April 10 in ASAP- show at ABS-CBN and will promote daily the project through TV, Radio and newspapers.

 

Will organize dance and singing a MINI concert- at ground floor Headed by our Media Director Mickey Perz, super dancer of ASAP and former PBB house mate.

3.    Together with other PBB – Housemates.

4.    Singers of River Maya Band.

5.    Other ABS-CBN Artist –

6.    Dancers of limited Edition including star magic dancers.

 

 

Foundation will DO fundraising:

Items will be sold to raise funds

1.    Supporting Japan T-Shirts

2.    My bestselling book- Stress Free Life

3.    Our livelihood ECO friendly products

4.    Cash donations will be accepted

Official Reciept will be issued to all donations and purchasing amounted over 100 pesos

 

Special Participants:

1.    Japanese Ambasrdor

2.    Amb. Harry Angpin – representing Chinese community

3.    Mr. Ram Sitaldas – President Federation of Indian Chambers

4.    Mayor Jun Jun Binay

5.    Japanese Community living in the Philippines --- letter from Japanese embassy will be sent

6.    Indian communities living in the Philippines --- letter by the Indian Chamber president and Indian embassy will be sent asking all of them to support my event.

7.    We have 800 strong supports and contributors – my request will be sent and useally 60% attends the events

 

Public NOTICE – INVITATION

1.    Face book invitations will be sent

2.    Banners and posters will be displayed at MRT Stations

3.    Flyers will be distributed

4.    Add will be placed in the news paper

5.    We will request SM- Advantage Card and BDO Rewards Card to send Email blast

6.    ASAP shows will announce the event including Daily we will announce in TV- Radios.

7.    JICA will also sent email blast to thousand of Organization assisted by Japan Government.


             

フィリピンの最大手スーパーマーケット5社と地下鉄MRTの各駅構内で同時に4月30日まで義援金の募金を全国規模で行っております。フィリピンでこの規模で日本の為に募金活動をしているのは、当団体だけです。
 Landmark, Rustans, Shopwise, Watsons, SM Hypermarket, Bayad Centers


                       

MANILA, Philippines -- Helping Hands and Hearts Foundation, Inc. launched Supporting Japan on April 4, 2011 together with SM-Hypermart, Rustans, Shopwise, Landmark, Bayad Centers, and MRT.

All establishments will accept donations until April 30, 2011 for the Japan Tsunami Relief Project. Mickey Perz, Director and Public Affairs Head of the Foundation said, "Japan has been supporting the Philippines and our biggest aid provider. This time, HelpingHands2gether, with our partners and you all, will support Japan at 'Full Stretch.' This is our time to show solidarity and help build the community again."

Donation raised will be forwarded to Helping Hands Japan - www.hhahj.jpn.org and our team from the Philippines and India will also visit Japan for actual community work.



http://ph.news.yahoo.com/supporting-japan-launched-20110407-204018-980.html


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                 Earthquake and Tsunami Victim
Over a week has passed since the unprecedented natural disaster, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake followed by catastrophic tsunami hit north east Japan on March 11.  An 80 yr old woman and her 16 grandson from Ishinomaki-city, Miyagi prefecture were rescued by the national police on March 20, 9 days after their town was hit by the quake and the strong tsunami carried their half-crushed house away some 100 meters to the northwest of their original address.  They were in the kitchen on the second floor when the tsunami hit and brought down cupboard, they have survived below zero degree Celsius with barely dry blankets taking water, milk, coke and yogurt in the refrigerator.

Disaster victims are still afraid of subsequent aftershocks everyday following the main quake.  The Japan Meteorological Agency reports that from March 23, it is expected to have severe cold weather with below freezing temperature in the disaster area.  Electricity has resumed in most of the areas by now, though in some parts of affected communities have still no electricity, a number of evacuation centers (many of them local public schools or gymnasium) as well as individual houses other lifelines such as
water and gas supply has been cut.  Survivors in Sendai City, Miyagi prefecture fall in line everyday for three to five hours to get six liters of water for their family.  In evacuation centers in Tohoku and in Kanto
regions where hundreds and thousands of survivors seek refuge, there is possibility of developing communicable diseases such as flu.

Concerns are greatest for the continued emergency assistance to the evacuees with food, water, personal hygiene products, and heating devices with fuels, with special attention to the weaker ones such as infants and children, expecting and feeding mothers, the elders, the disabled persons, foreign residents who are not Japanese speakers, etc.


BRIEF BACKGROUND OF THE DISASTER AREA

Tohoku region includes Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, and Fukushima prefectures.  Much damage was inflicted along the east coast of this region facing the Pacific Ocean during an earthquake on March 11.

Traditionally a poor rural backcountry with a harsh climate, Tohoku is an agrarian region with well developed forestry and mining industries.  The biggest percentage of population is employed in agriculture, forestry, and fishing.  Tohoku provides 20 percent of the nation’s rice crop.  It is also known for its production of beef, pork, poultry and mixed feed, and there are a number of meat processing and food manufacturing plants in the region. Whereas its coastlines do not favor large seaport development, it offers
Japan’s leading fishing grounds for many local fishermen.

Among farmers engaged in rice and vegetable growing, fathers and/or sons commonly find seasonal jobs (mainly construction work) in cities, after the harvest season during winter time when the fields are covered by the snow. They are called “dekasegi” or migrant workers from the countryside to the cities to help rebuild the war-ravaged nation and later contributed to the economic development of the country.

In the 1960s iron, steel, cement, chemical, pulp and petroleum refining industries begun developed at industrial complexes in Sendai-Shiogama (Miyagi), Hachinohe (Iwate), Akita, and Joban-Koriyama (Fukushima) urban areas most of which were severely damaged by the earthquake and the tsunami on March 11.

With severe recession of Japan’s economy over two decades and less employment opportunities in their hometowns, there has been a trend that the younger generations are motivated to find jobs in cities.  This results in less population in rural towns with aging residents, which in turn makes the local government units operate on an austere budget.

One should note that a poor town in rural areas have little options to continue to live, and one of them is to accept a plan to build nuclear power plant and/or spent fuel reprocessing facilities that brings them much subsidies from the national government as well as the power corporations, not to mention that the various type of employment opportunities to the local residents that power plants provide.


DISASTER VICTIMS

Overall Situation:

A week after the calamity, as access to devastated areas improved by the removal of debris on the streets, the search for victims gradually widened. Still over 18,000 missing persons are being searched by the Japan Self Defense Force, the police, firefighters, and local members of community-based volunteer fire companies.  Death toll increases day by day reaching 8,394 from the most damaged Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures as of March 20.  With the number of missing persons, the number of estimated casualties reached more than 20,000, while nearly 350,000 people have been evacuated and having stressful days in evacuation shelters.  The number of partially or completely destroyed buildings and houses has exceeded 100,396.

Because of its geographical drawbacks, both Iwate and Miyagi have isolated communities after the disaster. The prefectural governments have identified those communities and the survivors, and will soon bring food and relief goods by helicopters, nevertheless lack of relief supplies and adequate medical care surface.  Fuels have been in serious shortage, causing troubles in distribution system.

At evacuation centers disaster victims have been spending anxious days and nights.  They lost either their relatives/friends, their houses, their cars, their fishing boats, means for livelihood, or more than two of them or all. Every day a number of survivors visit other shelters, city hall, their friends, and the morgue looking for their missing loved ones.

As victims from fishing communities lost their boats, tsunami also damaged huge part of paddy fields with sea water.  Livestock industry is also hit by the massive quake with severe lack of water and fodders due to water cut, lack of fuels/means of transportation, and the serious damage of feedstuff bases on the coastline.

In Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi prefecture, whole town has vanished by the catastrophic tsunami, while the entire town population from Futaba near Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant moved to their new shelter at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama Prefecture near Tokyo.

Filipino and other foreign victims:

Among the Filipinos residing in Japan, 44 are still missing as of March 19 according to the Embassy.  For those who wish to evacuate to Tokyo, the Embassy team has sent buses that hold up to 50 passengers and shuttle evacuees back and forth.  Many of Filipino families from Fukushima and Sendai have been resting at church facilities in Tokyo until they process documentations (including passports for all family members that they failed to bring along) and confirm tickets to return home.  Some of the evacuees/families are staying at home of their fellow Filipinos in Yokohama City.

Many say they will bring their children to safer place with their relatives in the Philippines, and plan to return to Japan soon later to work, to go back to university again, or to join their Japanese spouses who stay back with their old parents.

Among Filipino nurse or care worker candidates/trainees under the EPA agreement between Japan and the Philippines, 373 who live in Tohoku are confirmed to be safe.

There are said to be about 500 Indonesians who live in Iwate, Miyagi, and Ibaraki prefectures.  The Indonesian Embassy has confirmed safety of 165 of them, but due to interrupted telecommunication after the disaster, whereabouts of the rest Indonesians is still uncertain.  Furthermore, four Indonesian fishermen are among the missing.  Their tuna boat had been located but rescue personnel had found no trace of the crew.

Chinese Embassy and the Consul General in Niigata prefecture, in view of the fact of radiation leak occurred at Fukushima dai-ichi nuclear plant in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster, have also sent busses to Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki prefectures and assist those who wish to return home from Narita or Niigata International Airport.  Before the disaster, there are about 16,000 Chinese residents in Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.  A number of Chinese workers/trainees under the technical intern training program, however, are reported to prefer to stay until they complete their contracts with the host companies/factories.

With the worsening situation of the nuclear accidents in Fukushima, foreign embassies have advised their citizens and/or sent chartered flights in order to leave Japan to neighboring countries such as Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc.


RELEIF ASSISTANCE

The catastrophic earthquake and tsunami caused massive casualties including local government units as well as local chapters of the Red Cross society.

The national government continues to facilitate transportation of relief goods, including find ways to transport fuels to affected areas for vehicles as well as for heating, and further responds to the housing need of the evacuees.  In some evacuation centers, construction of prefabricated temporary housing facilities has already started and prefectural governments all over Japan now offer vacant rooms at prefecture-own public housing complex.

Medical assistance to hospitals and evacuation centers in disaster areas is being coordinated through prefectural governments.  On March 16, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has sent a communication to Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima prefectural governments that foreign medical doctors among the international rescue teams are allowed to provide emergency medical care to victims, without Japanese medical license.  With regards to foreign nurses, normally it is also expected to obtain the Japanese license, however, the ministry official mentioned that their nursing care to the disaster victims is considered to be legitimate act under the Penal Code.

In the Philippines it is reported that the Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has formed a professional team of surgeons, emergency medical professionals, anesthetists and pediatricians.  The PMA has started coordination/negotiation with the Japan Medical Association.  The Medecins sans Frontiers Japon appeals also for expected needs for clinical psychologists and psychiatrists who have experiences in psychotherapy.

Japan National Council of Social Welfare and their member councils in each municipalities coordinate establishment and information dissemination of volunteer centers in affected areas.  Due to blocked roads, lack of fuels, and a series of afterquake, most of the centers accept only local residents/volunteers.  They are engaged in managing evacuation centers, preparing meals to the evacuees, helping survivors clean debris and clatters in their houses, etc.

More than 30 social development NGOs (most of them are member organizations of the Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation or JANIC) have sent their staff to bring relief supplies to evacuation centers and nursing homes for the elderly.  With their long-time experience supporting communities and individuals in developing countries, they further interview/research on other urgent needs as well as potential long-term assistance to the victims.

Radio and web-based information dissemination in different languages have also been coordinated and established by NGOs that cater to the needs of non-Japanese communities.

There are also relief NGOs/NPOs, established through the experience of Kobe-Hanshin earthquake in 1995, which have been sending relief goods to different evacuation centers.  Among NPOs that are found in 1995, a NPO or a foundation to support disabled victims and their partner social welfare organizations have sent staff members with relief goods to different organizations and homes of the disabled persons in disaster area. Arrangements have been being made for the disabled victims who find difficulties to continue to live in afflicted area to move to organizations in Tokyo, Nagoya and other parts of Japan.

In disaster-stricken area, victims help other victims.  A group in Sendai who supports the homeless people reopened their soup kitchen in the city and other local NPOs in disaster areas gradually started to give hands one another.  Locally-based NPO center in Miyagi has just established a center for coordination/collaboration towards rehabilitation, in order to collect, collate and share information of disaster relief activities by local NPOs/NGOs .


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