Japan Tsunami Relief- Experience Center
In response to the 9.0-‐magnitude earthquake and the tsunami that devastated coastal areas of northeast Japan on March 11, 2011, JDC opened an emergency mailbox and, with the help of the Jewish Community of Japan as well as long-‐standing relief partners, allocated funding for immediate relief efforts via local NGOs. Many international agencies responded by providing immediate relief in the wake of the crisis, but most left following the first anniversary. Because of its commitment to the human dimension of rebuilding lives shattered by the loss of family and friends, property, and employment, JDC has remained active there ever since. Now, over three years following the disaster, JDC is implementing a successful exit strategy in cooperation with its local partners to ensure long-‐ term sustainability and success of the projects it has undertaken. In the early days and weeks following the disaster, the immediate concern was to provide essential emergency supplies to the areas of northern Japan most affected by the tsunami. These provisions included food, water, tents, medications, and medical equipment, as well as learning materials and emergency services for children. In the aftermath of the crisis, drawing on partnerships with Japanese NGOs developed during the first-‐line response phase, JDC identified a number of areas in which it could contribute its experience and core capacities. The common thread running through most of these programs is the contribution they make to the psychosocial rehabilitation and well-‐being of victims who experienced trauma as a result of the disaster and suffered the loss of family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, property, and employment.
Working together with NICCO, JDC renovated the Tsunami Experience Center in Kesennuma city which is designed to enhance public awareness of disaster prevention. Within the Center, JDC is also providing support for the English translation of an educational movie on tsunamis.
- Disaster Prevention and Preparedness