2011-05-12 18:42:05

Volunteering in Ofunato

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I'm home after spending a few days in Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture. First, I must say that I plan to go back. The people there are very strong, but they will continue to need help and support for a long time. You can watch the news, watch YouTube videos, and read the paper, but there is NOTHING like seeing the devastation with your own eyes and meeting the people who have lost so much.

I met a woman who lost her home and her livelihood. She pointed to what was left of her home and her photo studio.

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

I didn't know what to say. I couldn't believe something so horrible could happen to so many people.

Delivering the messages and occasional hugs seemed like trying to put tiny bandages on gaping wounds.

But, I went with a group of people who were also doing their best to bandage the wounds.

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

They prepared and served udon noodles.

Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)$Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

They donated and delivered partitions (temporary walls) for the shelters so people could have a little privacy.

I tried to help as much as I could, but mostly, I did my stuff.

Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)Welcome to Vincent's Room (瓶栓斗の部屋)

I handed out picture books and coloring books to the kids. I showed the messages of hope to as many people as I could. I gave out hugs.

For more information and more pictures of our trip, visit the websites below.

Miyashita-san's and YAS-san's blog are both in Japanese.

Yas-san's blog is here at Cafe de Pou.
Yas-san's first blog entry
Yas-san's second blog entry
Yas-san's third blog entry
Yas-san's fourth blog entry

Takeru Miyashita-san's blog is here.
Miyashita-san's first blog entry
Miyashita-san's second blog entry
Miyashita-san's third blog entry

And please check out my new website "1 True Spirit." All of the messages of hope are there as well as my videos.

Until next time...
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8 ■Re:無題

>リヤナさん
Well, some people aren't ready to volunteer just yet. That's okay. My wife didn't go with me, but she was with me in spirit. If you can, join a volunteer group by yourself. If you can't do that, send your positive thoughts and prayers and any support you can give. They sure need it up there.

7 ■Re:FEELING GOOD

>Cheleanさん
Rich in spirit is the most important thing! I'm not rich in cash right now either :)

6 ■Re:you in home,

>serpenteさん
Hi, :) yes I got a bit tired. I came home Thursday and took a long nap.

5 ■Re:thank you;D

>Cafe de Pouさん
I can never forget the feeling. I definitely want to go back and help out as much as I can. Thanks Kana-san.

4 ■無題

i always want to volunteer, but i'm too inferior.. i want to go with my husband but i always fail in convincing him..
i know i can't control people but i wish i can do volunteer with him.

any advice?

3 ■thank you;D

Thank you for joining us on our trip.
Please keep your feeling of what you see and find at the disaster area by the time you go there again with us.

Kana

2 ■FEELING GOOD

IT REALLY MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD WHEN
YOU CAN HELP SOMEONE
IN NEED

I WISH I WAS RICH ENOUGH TO HELP THE WHOLE WORLD

BUT I AM NOT RICH IN CASH

BUT RICH IN SPIRIT RIGHT NOW

I AM STILL TRYING TO HELP ME OUT

BEING UNEMPLOYED SUCKS

BUT NEVER GIVE UP

THAT IS WHAT I SAY

THAT IS REALLY COOL U CAM HELP PEOPLE I COMMEND U CHEERS**__

1 ■you in home,

get tired?
take a rest,wish you good sleep,

i knew we couldn't know and understand on TV,
amd other information by media,
we have to keep doing danate and help,suport,

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