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Volunteer Tour (Help needed !)
Posted March 24th, 2011 - 4:07 am by from Yokohama, Japan (Permalink)
Hello all who has good will.

I'd like to organize volunteers tour to Miyagi-ken from Tokyo, Kanagawa area for several days.
Will you reply to me if you're interested to join ?
I'm thinking to gather 4 or 5 people including me in one car.

Volunteer tour schedule is planned as followings.
【volunteer tour schedule】
Day 1 - Leaving tokyo in the morning. Stay at the hotel in Ichinoseki.

Day 2 - Volunteer (Cleaning, Cooking) and look around Kesennuma. Stay at the hotel in Ichinoseki.

Day 3 - Volunteer (Cleaning, Cooking) and look around Ofunato.Stay at the hotel in Ichinoseki.

Day 4 - Volunteer (Cleaning, Cooking) and look around Rikuzen Takada. Stay at the hotel in Ichinoseki.

Day 5 - Come back to Tokyo.

【expected aid supplies】
* diapers
* milk powder
* medicine
* dried food
* water

【needed stuff for the tour】
* car x 1
* warm clothes and gloves for cleaning
* cleaning stuff (broom, Kercher)
* some money for tour and donation
* good will


Especially I would appreciate if someone lend us a car.

Posted March 24th, 2011 - 3:25 pm by from Pleasant Hill, United States (Permalink)
I have no idea how long it would take, but maybe I could get a bunch of stuff shipped to you from CA? don't know if you will make more than one trip, but I can certainly get together supplies like dried milk powder, diapers, toilet paper, gloves, surgical gloves, dried snacks... things like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or whatever you can specify.

Maybe you'll go more than once?

Fleece blankets? Would those be helpful? I'm worried that people are cold.

Shipping water would be too expensive, but if you need it, I can send it.

I can probably get stuff together to ship internationally by Monday, March 28.

~ Victoria
San Francisco, Bay Area

Posted March 24th, 2011 - 3:26 pm by from Pleasant Hill, United States (Permalink)
Sorry: My email is juju-bee@pacbell.net

Posted March 27th, 2011 - 3:26 am by from Yokohama, Japan (Permalink)
Thank you for your great offer, Victoria.
However, shipping stuff from overseas like CA must cost a lot. So, how about doing like this way ?
I don't want to bother you so much.

①You buy supplies on website in Japan and ship it to my address. And I will bring them to victims.
I can support you for buying.

②We will buy some required supplies here in Japan by your donation. And I will report you the list that 'who receive what' by your donation.

If you have better idea, will you share with us ?

I'm planning to go there many times from now.
This is my first visit there, so I'd like to visit there and research the details what are required there.
As far as I konw, they need
* diapers
* milk powder
* medicine
* dried food
* water
* gasoline
and so on.

Posted April 8th, 2011 - 9:50 am by from Yokohama, Japan (Permalink)
We came back from Volunteer Tour on 6th April.
The tour was held from 2nd to 6th by 3 person.

We went through Fukushima, Hachinohe, Miyako, Kamaishi, Kesennuma, Minamisanriku, Sendai and came back to Tokyo.
We did cleaning by getting rid of mud.
There are tons of rubble in every cities, however volunteers cannot do anything about these rubble, based on following reason.

1. It's not effective to get rid of these rubble by hand, we need heavy machines as 'Self Defense Force' are doing.

2. The rubble are still belongs to someone's property. We need owner's permission to get rid of rubble. (It looks like rubble for others, but it is still property for them !)

So what we could do is to visit 'Social Welfare Association' in each cities and collaborate with them.

I can say that volunteers are needed every disastered towns, however facilities for volunteers to stay are still limited such as Miyako or Sendai. Facilities are destroyed by Tsunami in Kesennuma, Rikuzentakada, Minamisanriku, Ishinomaki.

Requirement for volunteers.

1. Time -- At least 3 days, ideally more than 1 week.
2. Equipment -- rubber gloves, jet hose is very efficient for getting rid of mud and joyful.
3. Food for yourself

I felt supplies are enough for disaster victims thanks to supplies all over the world. But there are big demand of volunteers or construction business.

Thank you, for joining Kelly, Manuel.

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 1:46 pm by from Frederiksberg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hi Tomomichi,

Wonderful idea! Have you had more feedback?
I'm a humanitarian photographer, making final plans before leaving Europe, to come for about 14 days to Japan, to cover the humanitarian side of the disaster.
I'm looking for transportation out of Tokyo and into the exact areas you mention. I would love to get a ride up with you - and possibly follow your team for parts of your work, and make a story about it.
Let me know what you think, and how we can move on together.
I'm planning to fly in this coming week (maybe 4 days from now).

All the best

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 2:54 pm by from Mexico City, Mexico (Permalink)
Hi Kasper:

I am also a photographer focus on humanitan issues. We should meet in Japan and support each other.

Posted March 27th, 2011 - 4:00 am by from Yokohama, Japan (Permalink)
Hello Kasper, Manuel.

If we can arrange a car, we could give you a ride.
I appreciate it if you can do some volunteer work.
And some supplies you can bring with you.

Please contact me when you arrive at Japan.
I'll let you know my contact individually.

Thank you.

Posted March 25th, 2011 - 2:50 pm by from Mexico City, Mexico (Permalink)
Hi Tomomichi:

I´m a mexican journalist and documentary photographer. I work as a correspondent for New America Media (media ONG based in California, USA), the mexican Magazine Proceso and the European Agency Gracn Angular. I will be reporting from Japan from March 28 to April 6.

I have a very personal relation with Japan since many years; I really feel like a part of this country. My wife is Japanese, from Nagoya, and that is why I travel very often there.

I would apreciate a lot if you let me go with you to Miyagi to document the humanitarian work you are doing. Please.

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 7:59 am by from Incheon, South Korea (Permalink)
Hi i will come to japan march 28 and really want to join your volunteer group ! please know me know if I can still help out in this or in the future !