humedica coordinator returns - disaster relief shifts to reconstruction aid

by Steffen Richter,  2011/04/21

More than five weeks have passed since the devastating earthquake and the following tsunami in Japan. While the immense problems that arose due to damage to several reactors of the Fukushima nuclear power plant have still not been solved, relief measures are developing further on other levels: the disaster relief measures humedica and local partners have been implementing are now shifting to reconstruction projects.

Return from a touching mission in his own native country: Satoshi Machii, whose adopted home town is Ulm, has returned safely to Germany. Photo: humedica/Stefan Herla

The journey to his native country has certainly not been an easy one for humedica coordinator Satoshi Machii. Although the family of Satoshi Machii, whose adopted home town is Ulm (Germany), has survived the disasters unharmed, the immense destruction in the north of Japan understandably grieves him deeply.

After he had stayed in Japan for another two weeks (Note: Satoshi Machii also was a member of the first humedica mission team that had to cancel their mission and return to Germany after three days), during which several relief good distributions took place in the country, Machii returned to Germany.

He brought back with him numerous touching experiences and an important realisation: the disaster relief measures that have been implemented in Japan now need to be replaced by projects in the field of reconstruction.

The decision to take this step is also based on the fact that the efficient infrastructure in highly-developed Japan renders both distributions and medical aid unnecessary. In cooperation with local partners of Liebenzell Mission and Japan Evangelical Alliance, humedica is now planning sustainable projects in the fields of rehabilitation and reconstruction that are appropriate to the current situation.

"The work Japanese relief assistants have accomplished in the disaster region is remarkable," said humedica CEO Wolfgang Groß. "We will be pleased to support any field of action, but we will now focus on long-term projects."

Preparations for a large-scale distribution of relief goods in the severely affected Sendai region. Photo: humedica

We are considering reconstruction and refurbishment measures for schools and children's homes, like the ones we are currently implementing in Haiti, as well as projects that include the construction of new buildings that are needed now due to the disasters.

We would like to ask you, dear friends and sponsors, to continue making targeted donations in order for us to realise this long-term reconstruction aid in the disaster region of Japan.

With all the concern about the situation regarding the Fukushima nuclear power plant, let us not forget that large parts of the coastal regions in the north have been devastated severely due to the earthquake and tsunami. Please support us by means of a targeted donation!

      humedica e. V.
      Donation reference "Earthquake Tsunami Japan"
      Account 47 47
      Bank Code 734 500 00
      Sparkasse Kaufbeuren

You can also support our commitment in Japan by means of an online donation.

Or support us in a safe, fast and direct way by means of sending a text message: send a text message containing the reference DOC to +49 81190. You will donate 5 euros, with 4.83 euros of this amount being directly channelled into the humedica relief projects.

Sad scenarios in the devastated regions of his native country: Satoshi Machii has dedicated himself to help those affected in Japan. Photo: humedica

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