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General Incorporated Association TSUNAGARI (http://tsunagari-project.com)

  • By Orie Kamio · Japan, APEC


General Incorporated Association TSUNAGARI (http://tsunagari-project.com)

Main aim of the charity

TSUNAGARI was established by the person who was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Their aim is to contribute for disaster relief aids mainly in Japan. But they have also widened their action to abroad, re-building the school in Nepal after Nepal earthquake in 2015.

How the employee got involved and why

Soon after the attack by Faxai, I heard lots of news about devastating damage in Chiba. I immediately donated money and supplies via some friends who rushed to the scene. However, more I heard about the situation, my will to want to actually go there and give aids got stronger. However, local governments only accept experienced volunteers with special skills such as construction & restoration. With no volunteer experience or such skills, I almost gave up. But then, I found about General Incorporated Association TSUNAGRI, who has been working in Tateyama, Chiba from the day 4 after the typhoon struck Chiba and willingly accepts anyone who have desire to support the people in needs regardless of age, experience or skill. They offer tools, meals, accommodation and insurance and so on – anything you would need for working on the disaster-stricken area. I immediately booked the transportation to Tateyama for the long weekend with no hesitation.

What work does the employee do for charity?

Remove debris (roof tiles, windowpanes, furniture and garden trees) Clean up the mildew floors, walls and ceiling Remove drift depositions on the beach Interviewing the local people affected by disaster if there is anything we can help Registration of new volunteer staffs Storing the supplies for the volunteer staffs

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Prize money amount will be not so big compare to the total damage caused by the typhoon, but still it would be a desirable support for them. When the winner of the country will be announced, they could have already left the site as they originally are located in Miyagi, quite distant from Chiba. Even so, they will keep raising the fund for the disaster area, I am certain the donation will be great encouragement for them. Also, since they always require the continuous support and will rush to anywhere disaster would hit, the winning might be a good chance to raise their profile among DHL employees, and I hope some of them might support their aids in future.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

It will be my great honor to be able to contribute the prize money for TSUNAGARI and support them by publicizing their devoted actions to DHL employees in Japan. The support I can offer on the site shall not be much, but I believe not only the action on the site in the wake of the disaster, but also introducing the situation in the disaster area would be the wonderful support for the people suffered from this catastrophic disaster. They need to be continuously recognized, cared and encouraged. Introducing the situation in Chiba and the aids by TSUNAGRI to all DHL Japan employees will be such a great opportunity to access and appeal to the people who thought it’s not their problem.

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