All Hands Volunteers is pleased to announce the maiden voyage of its Home Rehabilitation Program in Ofunato, Japan. A small coastal city within Iwate Prefecture, Ofunato suffered the devastation of 3,629 homes, leaving 10,000 people living in or dependent on evacuation shelters for key support services. With early assessments indicating a need for rebuilding aid, the inception of this program marks both a wonderful step toward helping people return to their homes, and a symbiotic partnership with Habitat for Humanity.
Over the course of this two-month program we aim to repair 30 households in need of rehabilitation. Working closely with the local district council and community members, All Hands has identified beneficiaries in need of assistance—specifically elderly and single-headed households—willing to immediately reoccupy their homes upon completion. Aided by international, national, and local volunteers—guided by experienced Japanese carpenters—rehabilitation efforts are sympathetic to financial need, all the while upholding local building practices.
With 5 homes completed and more in progress, we proudly present a successful beginning to the rehabilitation program and hope to see our efforts add buoyancy and ballast to the community’s overall recovery.
Brendan Gordon is the Home Rehabilitation Coordinator for Project Tohoku. To learn more about Project Tohoku, All Hands’ tsunami response project, please click here.