SPECIFIED NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION (SNPO)石巻復興支援ネットワーク Ishinomaki Revival Support Network After the Great East Japan Earthquake, an uncomfortable atmosphere has prevailed our cities and towns. Yappesu-chan has come down to help our communities restore warmth and smiles. Yappesu Ishinomaki
What we are:Mission: Let us connect with each other with smiles ～ toward the future ～Leader: Yoshie KanekoNumber of members: 12History: Originally a group of local PTA members who were carrying outenvironmental education for children and consultations for child-rearingmothers.The “Association for the Environment and Children” established the network asits parent organization jointly with members of “Tsuna Puro.”In December 1011, IRSN was registered as an NPO.
What we do:1. Bring up child leaders We give assistance to children, who will grow into adults, and bring up leaders among them.2. Coordination for volunteers We coordinate volunteers from the viewpoint of assisting disaster-hit areas and of cultivating young people.3. Community building employing multiple perspectives We offer opportunities to think about how to build a better community with consultation between local governments and citizens, employing multiple perspectives.4. Community building within temporary housing We promote community building and create jobs worth living for so as to prevent solitary deaths, suicides, domestic violence, etc. that happen within (real or counted as) temporary housing.5. Matching and local coordination We conduct local coordination and matching that connect outside assistance organizations with our localities.
１．We bring up child leaders in cooperation with boards of education and other organizations Knotting 10,000 misanga good luck bracelets After the disaster, some children wanted to do something and came up with WMI (We make Ishinomaki). Four junior and high school students in Ishinomaki City are at the center of the movement. They knot misangas (braided bracelets) and give them as a thank-you to those who give assistance. We carry out a student exchange program between Ishinomaki City and Kobe City This is a program through which junior high and high school students in Ishinomaki and students of Kobe, which was hit by the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake in 1995, deepen their ties throught exchanges and take joint action on the reconstruction. We support the Ishinomaki Nichi-nichi Kodomo Shimbun In collaboration with the Kids Media Station, a general incorporated association, we help children become child reporters and issue a newspaper for children in cooperation with local newspaper companies. We support “Geroppa (Get up!!)” activities. We support “Geroppa,” a junior-leader circle in Ishinomaki City.
２．Coordination for volunteersWe coordinate volunteers for effective assistance to disaster-afflictedareas and for bringing up young human resources. We also doacceptance or matching of short-term or long-term interns for otherorganizations.【Cooperative organizations include the following】 (SNPO) edge (SNPO) ETIC (SNPO) Youth Vision (SNPO) Brain Humanity The Board of Education of Ishinomaki City, schools in the city (Social Welfare Corporation) Yumemi no Sato
３．Community building from multiple perspectivesWe build citizen-driven communities where people can lead acomfortable life helping each other. We plan events for community building by children, the hope of the future. We plan events making use of the voices of children, women, child-rearing mothers, foreigners residing in Japan, the disabled and the aged, whose say is usually weak in society. We plan events to make people think about the possible future and other problems by inviting experts who have a good knowledge of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake.
４．Promotion of Community buildingCarrying out events in temporary houses and other places We try to build all-inclusive communities to reduce to zero the numbers of solitary deaths and suicides, by, for example, tea parties, stretching (exercise) classes, handicraft classes or illustrated letter classes.Creating jobs worth living for We provide simple manual work that can be done in an assembly hall. We provide people with jobs that bring them an income of 20,000-30,000 yen per person and give them a feeling that they belong to a community as they can find their own roles while working with others. We produce products using local resources.
５．Matching and local coordinationMatching We connect outside assistance organizations with local communities in Ishinomaki. We connect them with local governments, firms, citizens’ organizations, commerce and industry associations, and local key persons.Local coordination Making use of the local network, we coordinate local activities. (industry) We arrange industrial inspection, assist business exchange between firms in and out of afflicted areas, support employment-oriented meetings by the commerce and industry associations, and local coordination for tours to disaster areas. (education) We assist in creating places for children, conduct children’s conferences for rehabilitation, and carry out study tours. (others) We distribute aid goods, and support assistance organizations.