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.
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.
You can make a difference every day. From distributing essential supplies to underpriviledge communities to teaching and educating local residents to working on economic recovery projects there is much to be done and hands on support is appreciated and needed.
"Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart"
"I always wondered why somebody did'nt do something about that. Then I relaized I am somebody"
"Stop wishing. Start doing"
"Of course I talk to Myself. Sometimes I need expert advice"