I grabbed this off of a friend on facebook about what’s happening in Iwate.
By Gasing Yu
It has been several weeks since the disaster in Japan struck, but the effect it has still lingers. It is true that the nuclear disaster in Fukushima has dominated the headlines and has overshadowed the plight of those on the tsunami ravaged coast. It is important for us not forget about the survivors. Many are still without homes, power, running water, heat, and other basic necessities. Many people are donating their time and effort to bring goods and services to these people and help instil a sense of normality to their daily lives.
One company that is doing their utmost is多田自然農場 (Tada Shizen Noujyou), a small organic farm based in Tono City, Iwate Prefecture, specializing in dairy products. They are involved in many volunteer activities in Kamaishi City including: bringing water and foods to refugee centres, post-tsunami reconstruction, and providing daytrips for survivors to public baths and restaurants further inland in Towa and Tono cities. I went with them to Kamaishi to help with the cleanup, and I also learned more about the services they provide to refugees.
To learn more about what they are doing to help, please check out their blog at http://tadanaturalfarm.blogspot.com/. It is available in Japanese, English, Italian, and Spanish. Their company web page can be found at http://www.lascaux21.com/tadanojo/index.html.