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One year after Japan's triple disaster: Help for the Fujinosono children's home

In March 2012, one year after the earthquake, the snow has returned to Ichinoseki. This time, the children are able to enjoy the winter. Photo: Kazushi Abe
In March 2012, one year after the earthquake, the snow has returned to Ichinoseki. This time, the children are able to enjoy the winter. Photo: Kazushi Abe

“Earthquake, Tsunami, Fukushima” – The year 2011 will likely be related to these three words in the memory of most Japanese. One year after the earthquake and tsunami caused widespread destruction and loss of life, many Japanese are still looking for ways to cope and heal.

“The earthquake was a terrible experience for the children, a trauma which cannot be forgotten so quickly.” – Sister Caelina 

That is the case with Fujinosono, a home for children and youth in north-eastern Japan. Located in the small town of Ichinoseki, the home gives shelter, food, health care and education to 55 children who, for a variety of reasons, cannot be cared for by their own families. The earthquake heavily damaged the home, rendering it uninhabitable.

Together with the international Caritas network as well as private and corporate donors worldwide, Malteser International is supporting the construction of a new home for Fujinosono with five million euros. Shortly before Christmas 2011, the children were able to move into a safe temporary home; the old home is currently being demolished. 

The new energy-efficient home will be built according to the latest earthquake resistance standards, will rely on renewable energies for a large part of its electricity supply, and will function as an evacuation centre for Ichinoseki residents in case of disaster.

Click here for a detailed description of our project in Ichinoseki

 

  • One year after the earthquake, the children have a safe temporary home and once more enjoy playing outside. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • Her new home will also serve as an evacuation centre for the community. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • Since Christmas 2011, the children live in a temporary container home. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • Because it's warm inside the temporary shelter, the children are able to actually enjoy the snow outside. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • Their new home will be built following the current earthquake resistance standards and regulations. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • In March 2012, one year after the earthquake, the snow has returned to Ichinoseki. Photo: Kazushi Abe
  • The model of their new home creates a lot of enthusiasm among the children of Fujinosono: It will be energy-efficient and independent from external energy sources. Photo: Caritas-Kazushi Abe
  • The children perform a training routine so they know how to react in case of a new earthquake. Photo: Caritas-Kazushi Abe

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Sister Caelina and "her" children thank all donors and partners for their home. Photo: Kazushi Abe

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Sister Caelina reports from the Fujinosono children's home in Ichinoseki

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