Putting a foreign face on the 3/11 recovery effort

Angela Ortiz heads the OGA For Aid NPO in tsunami-devastated Minamisanriku, on the Miyagi Prefecture coast. Ortiz focuses on “agricultural rehabilitation,” which brings together education and business. Her groups, mostly made up of volunteers from various countries, help with farming projects on land that she and her friends cleared in the forests after people had lost everything.

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Q2: Please state your motto in life and why you have chosen it.

“There is no passion to be found in living a life that is less than what you are capable of living.” This quote from Nelson Mandela keeps me excited to continually move out of my comfort zone and eager to learn more, try more, and expand my capacity and abilities in life. It’s the foundation for the idea of “living your best life.”

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For ‘student of life’ Angela Ortiz, lessons from family and ‘Grit MBA’ from Tohoku led to dream job



“Almost every step of my adult life has been hands-on learning,” explains Angela Ortiz, a self-confessed “student of life” who currently works as Japan director of corporate social responsibility (CSR) for H&M, the popular global fashion firm.

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O.G.A. FOR AID No One left behind by Angela Ortiz & Peter Blake

O.G.A. FOR AID is a non profit organization involved with relief and recovery work in Tohoku. From just a few days after the disaster of March 11 2011, O.G.A. FOR AID staff have been helping with distribution of emergency supplies throughout devastated areas in Miyagi.The Recovery support phase saw O.G.A. FOR AID initiate two projects aimed at community rehabilitation and economic enhancement.

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Angela Ortiz

The Tohoku region, that was hit by the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, is Angela Ortiz's home. The aftermath left Angela focused on helping to get people back on their feet, and rebuild their lives. OGA for Aid is a organization that helps survivors in the Tohoku area, organizing events for families, and raise awareness and interest in agriculture. 

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TOMODACHI, Sports Camp of America, and O.G.A. FOR AID Hold American Summer Camp for Youth in Minami-Sanriku

The TOMODACHI Initiative, the Sports Camp of America (SCOA) and O.G.A. FOR AID are pleased to announce that 40 children between the ages of 6 and 12 from Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, participated in an American-style summer camp Aug. 15-16, 2012. The summer camp took place at the San San Kan in Minami-Sanriku, a town that was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

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