How does humanitarian aid support survivors after a major disaster or crisis?

We are focused on Identifying Solutions. Our tactics allow us as first responders, to directly engage with survivors and facilitate on-going support - directly to community leaders and for the devastated community to draw on as they rebuild through the phases of recovery and revitalization.

2016 Kumamoto Earthquake

There is a a process to best practice for helping after a natural disaster. Our experience shows us that often times (not always) volunteers end up becoming another burden rather than the relief aid they intended. This is due to their lack of understanding of the region, its culture and the complexities of a social fabric. As we learned in Tohoku – waiting to see where the gaps between government support and community needs develop is when NPO’s and other supporters can best determine how and where to support – financially and with man power/in kind supplies.

 

Hoshi san's thoughts on Kumamoto.

"From my experience with 2011's earthquake, I learned the importance of planning when providing and receiving support/supplies at the time of disaster. Without advance coordination with the local community in the disaster-affected region, those good intentions of supporters could become a cause of problem for the survivors. I believe we should take some time to do more research, identify the needs of the local community, then provide the support on the ground once the urgency is controlled by the government."

 

OGA for Aid, having experienced "first response" in Tohoku will work with partners on the ground in Kumamoto, and sponsors here in Tokyo and overseas to send in a research and assessment team – with our experienced leaders from Minamisanrikucho a plan to support families in the long run will be established. Thank you for your continued support to create a world where survivors are inspired and connected throughout recovery.

Earthquake Relief Fund for Kumamoto

O.G.A for AID and Hoshi-gumi, a women ‘s community group of Minami-Sanrikucho, are raising funds to support children and mothers affected by the Kumamoto earthquakes in the rebuilding of their homes and community. DONATE NOW

Creating Awareness

Latest news

28 / April / 2016
May Place To Grow workshop and the annual international get - together in Minamisanriku will be held on May 28th and 29th this year. Click here to see more details.
21 / April / 2016
Earthquake Relief Fund for Kumamoto
O.G.A for AID and Hoshi-gumi, a women ‘s community group of Minami-Sanrikucho, are raising funds to support children and mothers affected by the Kumamoto earthquakes in the rebuilding of their homes and community. DONATE NOW
19 / April / 2016
OGA for AID Monthly Newsletter Feb. 2016 issue available from here!

O.G.A for Aid

Volunteering can be a big investment of your time but it can be a life changing experience that brings you new skills, new outlooks on life, a renewed self confidence, an appreciation for what you have and also new friends.


Mayor Sato Jin of Minamisanriku-cho commented “When you see the smiles of local people at O.G.A's events, you know the reason why you continue. So if you can, always remember for whom you are doing what you do".

 

Our team has also discovered that this sense of responsibility and feeling of value that we get as volunteers by giving back –it doesn’t just apply to us - it is how survivors recover.

When we bring that energy to the survivors of the disaster in Tohoku - by continuing to be there for them when the attention of the world has moved on - we become a catalyst for passing on that inspiration and can-do attitude to the community when it matters most.

The biggest fear we hear from survivors is: “Don’t forget us.” We can remind them they are not forgotten.
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