Place to Grow is a program supporting post-disaster communities to come together through intergenerational classes that connect children, elderly and outside volunteers. Our events help survivors to keep hope and build resilience through community, connection and inspiration.
Place to Grow holds monthly workshops in post-disaster areas of Tohoku, and yearly community events that bring in visitors from all over Japan and the world. And it is all powered by dedicated individuals like yourself, who volunteer their energy, passion, and ideas together with a commitment to help survivors recover.
We have upcoming workshops planned for 2016.05 ~ 2016.07 , and are preparing for 2016 spring and winter community events in Minami Sanriku.
To develop a collective impact program combining face-to-face educational workshops between children and parents with outside business and school partners that sponsor events, bringing outside guests to the post-disaster region. The benefits of these events impact the economy, the self worth and pride of communities, and create purpose for continued unity within townships.
For children Place to Grow workshops and events provide an emotionally safe learning environment, and local role models for children by introducing them to the older generations through activity specific workshops. For the community it provides a platform where the two generations connect and knowledge is passed on to the younger.
The next Place to Grow workshop is being held on 2016.09.18 in Minami Sanriku. If you are interested in joining to participate or support, please email Lucia.
Outdoor Activities in English
Hosted by Earth Camp
We start with an English lesson: Sosha from Earth Camp will teach children some simple English words that are related to the legend of Kamiwarizaki, the "rock cracked by god". Then kids will be matched up with a volunteer and head off to Kamiwarizaki. Volunteers are asked to encourage kids to tell the story of the rock using the English words they just learned. We will have a picnic lunch at Kamiwarizaki.
Over the last 5 years working alongside survivors of 3.11 we saw that it was one thing to survive a major disaster, but a completely different thing to survive the recovery. Survivors of disaster yearn for normality, a sense of purpose, and a feeling of being a member of a community again. The energy and inspiration that comes from interacting with people outside the disaster area and working together towards a common goal with other members of their community is an invaluable recovery tool.
Place to Grow has now hosted five community events in Minami Sanriku! Join us for the next one.
Place to Grow works with local community and business to fundraise for events by promoting locally sourced products. Our first community-driven product has launched in Minami Sanriku, bringing organic, locally produced vegetables and foodstuffs to donors outside the region.
All goods are grown or sourced locally, and sent to donors that want to support Place to Grow program. With the donations we receive from you through this gift program, we will be able to hold more art workshops, camps and other such outdoor activities for children in disaster affected areas. Not only do the activity and events benefit the community, but elderly farmers gain a sense of normality and purpose, and a feeling of contributing to post-disaster society by contributing to the locally sourced product packages.
Place to Grow is presented by O.G.A. for Aid.