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3. Rehabilitation Phase

Rehabilitation Phase
Having moved on from living in evacuation centers to temporary housing and other temporary arrangements, this is not only a period of preparation for the survivors to rebuild their lives, but also a period that will require mid-to-long term recovery support. The agitation and sense of solidarity that developed while living in evacuation centers following the disaster now subside and things calm down.
During this period, communities will need to be reorganized as people move into purpose-built temporary housing or rented homes. Agencies that came to specifically provide emergency relief and support now start to pull out.
Café & Ochakko
600640_10151373575197470_1097763428_n”Cafes” that were started to provide a place and form of relaxation from life in the evacuation centers now evolved as a means to rebuild communities that were disrupted by the disaster. The meeting rooms of these kasetsus were the main places for running a café event. Arts & crafts, musician guests, guest speakers, balloon art, gospel hula, massage sessions were packaged into these café, or ochakko, sessions with a wide variety of guests and activities mixed in together.
Relief supplies
553875_10151344012767470_390188605_nThanks to donations and also because people were able to start working again, many have been able to return to procuring their daily needs such as food and necessities. Yet, there are those who still face an uncertain future or struggle under multiple debts, and relief supplies are needed for them. These people not only accepted these supplies, but were encouraged and consoled that people still remembered them and continued to visit them.
Food banking
285396_417862921631930_1425743344_nThe food bank activity that we did was supported by the Chinese Christian Relief Association. For a given period, food and daily necessities were delivered every month by the church to economically challenged households. We are now carrying on with this activity in a different format after the support period ended. (as a clarification, this is a different work from what Second Harvest Japan does in cooperation with foodstuffs manufacturers and the restaurant industry)
Children’s care
543802_10151197277132470_132557378_nChildren living in kasetsu-s struggle with the lack of appropriate play space and a calm ambience in which to study. For the sake of these children, our various locations are involved in providing care for the children through providing play space, learning assistance, or working together with local after-school programs. On a different note, the extended time spent living as refugees has not only brought out domestic issues that predated the disaster, but the stress experienced has manifested itself in the form of child-rearing issues, and there is a need to pull up alongside families to tackle these issues.
DIY carpentry
The temporary housings come in all shapes and sizes because the time of construction or the contractors involved are different. This can result in inconveniences and deficiencies towards a normal life. There are not enough carpenters to go around due to the pressing need for trained professionals in the reconstruction efforts, and they do not have time for simple repair or modification work, such as fixing a new shelf. We went around inquiring of the needs of the people living in the kasetsus, and this work was well received. This work also helps us to maintain contact with those folks who are unable to join the café or ochakko sessions we organize.
Home renovation assistance
There are not that many cases, but we are helping out people who want to rebuild their homes or shops on their own with their renovation work.
Learning support
Other than the learning support provided after school, English classes and other learning support is being rendered to students facing entry exams. We organize these on our own and also in support of local after school programs.
Consolation visits
734533_10200388162859083_1578732406_nAcross our locations, visitations involving music have been well received. Many Christian artists have come multiple times and held concerts in places as small as kasetsu meeting rooms to fairly large events. Our very own missionary staff, Catherine Porter, is a harpist and she goes around reaching out through visitations by playing her harp.
Supporting local activities
6727_10200383623105592_486881785_nOther than our own direct involvement with the disaster victims, we also get involved with locally organized events in locations where our operating bases are situated (such as events organized by the local community center or a local association of some kind) as a way of showing our appreciation to the local community. We also work with regional volunteer centers and other organizations in large scale events (such as a summer festival).
Rendering support to care workers
The focus of this activity is to support the care-workers stationed at the various kasetsus. We listen to the worries and concerns of these people who encounter a great deal of stress in their line of work.

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Date/Time 2015-02-10 / 11:00
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