Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture: “We are Happy to be able to Eat What We Made on Our Own”
This garden was named as “Fureai Noen” by the users. As the land became settled and the vegetables began to grow, smiles on the faces of people chatting as they pulled weeds or watered the vegetables, and mothers preparing snacks for afternoon tea time, have become more noticeable.
|May 24th, 2012 – In the spaces that had already been cultivated, vegetables such as green peppers, eggplants, and potatoes are starting to grow. The green against the clear blue sky gives off an uplifting feeling. (Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture)|
Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture: Working Together to Set Up Greenhouses
|April 25th, 2012 – We delivered hoes and shovels to residents of “Hibiki Farm”. Pictured second from the left is Shuji OMATSU of AAR Japan Sendai office. (Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture)|
At Uchihibiki temporary housing complex, Ms. Tomiko FUKUDA, a local resident, garnered support from the community council chairperson and a local support center and initiated the creation of a vegetable garden on a piece of land located next to the complex, which was to be shared among the residents. AAR Japan decided to provide farming tools such as hoes and shovels, a storage room, and greenhouses to what they named “Hibiki Farm”. With the greenhouses, the residents can grow vegetables even when it is cold.
The completed greenhouses will start to be used around October. All the other pieces of land have been allocated to the residents, with roughly 25 residents starting to grow vegetables. Residents who previously rarely interacted with each other have begun to talk to one another through their activities at Hibiki Farm.
|May 13th, 2012 – Temporary housing complex residents that use “Hibiki Farm” were able to build the greenhouses in 1 day by working together. (Higashi-Matsushima City, Miyagi Prefecture)|
The activity of making vegetables is well received even among the elderly and men who have had the tendency of isolating themselves in their homes, as they have found it easy to participate in something where they can utilize their skills. AAR Japan will continue to support such disaster survivors so that they can engage in a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally.
AAR Japan Sendai office:Shinichiro OHARAAfter graduating from university, worked at a private company. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, volunteered in the disaster sites until July 2011 and joined AAR Japan Sendai office in August.