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Volontari in Giappone, news dai nostri amici di NICE

13/03/2011

Come molti sanno Lunaria collabora da anni con associazioni giapponesi. Il presidente di NICE Japan, Kai, ci sta tenendo aggiornati sulla situazione. Kai prevede, non in questa fase di emergenza che è gestita dallo Stato giapponese, uno sforzo enorme nei prossimi mesi per fare fronte alle devastazioni che stanno colpendo il Giappone. Per il momento non è dunque possibile organizzare attività di solidarietà e volontariato in Giappone.  Ecco un suo messaggio.

Dear all, 

 This is Kai again 26 hours after I sent a mail below and
just to update a few things.
 
1) For those staying in Japan now who does not understand Japanese
language and has little access to the information (please pass this
info. if you know any places to share effectively),
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/info/select.html
http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/radio/program/16lang.html 

2) In addition to what I mentioned yesterday,
* We confirmed safety of all vols. joined recent projects (Kurogi, Maki)
* All vols. of Minamata workcamp (starting today) are in very safe
* We will start Nabari workcamp from 15 Mar. as planned.
* Both of Minamata & Nabari are very very far from the area
 affected, so please tell you vols. and their families not to worry! 

3) Thank you again for those who have sent encouraging messages
and again, I cannot answer separately to each mail (will be same from
now), but your good will is surely reaching our hearts. 

4) From Monday, we start analyzing the situations and considering
possible actions we could do by all the staff members, etc.
but may take some days or more and actions might start
after some weeks or even months. I will keep updating it to you. 

That's all for now. I wish your nice weekend (and again, those
in difficult situations could be saved as much as possible...!) 

Kai

Dear partners all over the world,

As you many know, a giant earthquake hit the north eastern part of
Japan today and the huge number of people have been affected by
itself and also tsunami, fire accidents, etc. some of that may come
even from now since additional earthquakes (much smaller scale though)
are still continuously happened.

First of all, I from the heart wish the situation will be improved
as fast & better as possible and damage could be minimized.

I was fortunately near my house when it was happened, so
could pick up my kids quickly and staying at home. But as the electricity
was stopping till 1-2 hours ago, so I could not connect with internet...

As for NICE, all of our staff members and their families are in safe
as well as all of the international volunteers joining our projects now.
We are hosting 2 LTVs from France and Korea and have got confirmation
of their safety from both of them (already informed their sending NGOs).
We are running two short term workcamps (Ikata and Iwami-ginzan)
both of which are located in the western part of Japan and very very
far from the earthquake area, so should be no problem at all.
We just finished two workcamps in Kurogi (on 07 Mar.) and Maki (on 09
Mar.)
few of which volunteers might be still staying around Tokyo, but in
general,
the area around Tokyo is quite safe though some trains are still stopping.

I appreciate to all of so many friend partners who have sent mails to
us
with worrying about the situation. It encourage us a lot! Excuse me not to
be
able to reply to each of you separately (I have put all of them in cc),
and may not be able to reply to all of your mails (at least soon) from
now,
but I hope, you can understand it.

It may be a bit too early to say about this (since we even don't
know the whole picture of our damage yet), but for sure, we NICE
will do our best to improve the situation and help people affected
in a proper/ effective way & stage after some time and in such a case,
we may ask your support by sending volunteers, etc.!

* Well, our type of NGOs and projects can be generally more effective
in a rehabilitation stage rather than the first, quick aid, but we anyway
keep monitoring the situations and planning the possible actions.

Best wishes
Kai, on behalf of NICE as its President
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