March 29 Volunteers from around the nation
Volunteers rich in diversity come to JIFH base-camp from all over the nation: a Christian youth group from Kanto area, pastors and members of local churches, a group sent by a national organization of university students, a group of Brazilians living in Aichi prefecture, and other individuals.
They all come to Sendai City in order to engage themselves in relief efforts such as distribution of food, soup-run services, and cleaning up damaged houses.
A group of volunteers from Hiroshima arrived yesterday (March 28) with the food for 5000 people following them in a few days. Driven by the desire to be of any help for the suffering people, those volunteers come to Sendai all by themselves at their own expense carrying their own food.
At 8 o'clock meeting, held in the base-camp every evening, those volunteers share information regarding their day's work. "Not all the needs out there are met yet. The government hasn't been able to handle all the work." "In Ishinomaki City, basic utilities are not back yet. Let's take a power generator with us tomorrow." "There's a huge gap in the town's atmosphere between daytime and nighttime after five when both the police and the Self-Defense-Force leave." "Let's plan a fun activity for children at an evacuation center as the requests of cleaning up damaged houses are not so many as before."
Local church members bring information on the needs of the quake-victims and situation of evacuation centers in the vicinity. JIFH relief efforts are supported by those volunteers from around the nation, local volunteers, and material and financial donations from home and abroad.