Place to grow

Supporting survival victims. Focusing on children, our future.

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Place to grow

The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors. 

Learn how you can join the cause.

Place to Grow is excited to be announcing our Xmas in Tohoku event for 2019. Help us make Santa Soul Train a reality in 2019!

Video thanks to Risa Masayama and Peter Lin.

about us

The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors. 

who we serve

The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors.

donate

Donations to Place to Grow will support reconstruction and connect with the affected communities.

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projects

The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors.

Events

The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors.

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The Place to Grow project is a key part of our long term strategy to bring individuals in beneficiary communities together and connect inspired volunteers with survivors.

impact

Choose to Matter

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.

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Post Disaster Recovery Starts with Connection

Place to Grow is a space for creativity, imagination, and inspiration to flourish in post-disaster communities. Survivors and outside volunteers connect, bringing an explosion of positive energy to the community. 

This connection creates hope, resilience and opportunity, which is crucial to long term recovery. In Japan, monthly interactive children’s workshops and annual inter-generational community parties are the core activity of Place to Grow.

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Survivors energize and inspire volunteers. Volunteers do the same for survivors.

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.  

In 2016 we ran 10 workshops in Minami Sanriku and Kumamoto. We are aiming to for another workshops in 2017.

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Our Mission

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.

Volunteer Activities

Place to Grow activities are divided into 11 categories, including on-the-ground, volunteer support, development, workshops, research and more.  Activities are designed to allow Volunteers from all walks of life to join us. Activities require 2-3 hours per month to successfully achieve.  Check out the full list and let us know if any interest you.

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