We went to inspect Gilette House at Shichigahama,Tsukimi-misaki.
On Friday, March 25th, on our way to deliver goods to Shichigahama, we visted Gilette House, located in Shichigahama.
Gilette House is a log house on a hill facing the sea-coast at Tsukimi-misaki.
The UCCJ Sendai Kita Church built it for people of all ages to gather to pray, come together for sharing and fellowship, for the purpose of developing its mission and education. An American missionary by the name of Gilette, acquired the land in 1933 as a summer home, after which the place was made available as a site for church youth camps, and other than the war years, was a popular place for seminars until 1970.However the original building was becoming very old and so church related people and others who had fond memories there, gathered funds for rebuilding into a log house, completed in 1995.
And then Shichigahama was struck by the tsunami. Most of the houses in the area were washed away, but Gilette House on top of the hill was virtually safe. Please pray that electricity, gas, water and sewage will be restored and the day will come that Gilette House will be used again.
(The tsunami struck as far up as where the two are standing.)
(The point on the hill shows signs of collapsing)
reported by Takafumi Sato (SCF volunteer)
Delivery of Supplies to Morioka (March 25)
On Friday the 25th we sent more supplies to Oh-u Christian Center.
We loaded the following supplies on to a 2-ton truck and delivered them to Morioka. (Gasoline, kerosene, vegetables, vacuum packed foods, cup noodles, instant food, toile paper, portable stoves, gas bombs for cooking, medicine, sanitary supplies, clothing, diapers, powdered milk, hand warmers, cooking seasonings.)
These supplies are being gathered at the Oh-u District Office where supplies have been limited. We ask for your prayers and support for those stricken areas where supplies are limited.
(Loading the goods on the truck and taking off)
(Great congestion at the gasoline stands)
(Oh-u Christian Center)
(The supplies delivered from all over the country)
[Important] – We will begin to accommodate volunteers from other prefectures overnight from the 29th.
Please be aware of the following points concerning volunteering.
– As of March 25, many places here are still without gas, so there is no bath available.
– Please enroll in volunteer insurance before coming.
Please join the Disaster Plan offered by The Social Welfare Council for 670 yen(for details in Japanese: click here)
For those staying more than one week, our Center will pay the costs. For those staying for a short period, the cost is your responsibility. (There is danger of injury from aftershocks and the volunteer work itself. The Center cannot take responsibility for those without insurance and are in any accident or injury. Those who wish to volunteer are asked to take full responsibility.)
– It is still very cold in these areas, and with restricted supplies of fuel, we are not able to use heating. Please come prepared for the cold.
– In principle, We do not provide bedding or meals. Please prepare to bring what you need.
– Please provide you own transportation to the Center. If you are coming by car, please make sure you have enough gas for the round trip, by confirming where along the way you will be able to fill up and carry a container with you. In principle the Center is not able to provide gasoline.
– The Center does have laundry machine and use of toilet facilities.
– For transportation within the area, it would be beneficial to have a driver’s license.(However it is not a requirement.) [Please bring with you]
Bedding, Health Insurance documents, your own food and drink, work gloves, work boots are things you must bring. [Conditions for coming]
1. To take full responsibility, and to take care of your own valuables and possessions.
2. To stay for over three nights and four days.
3. To observe the judgments and decisions of the Center.
For those individuals and groups who agree with the above conditions, please inquire by FAX or e-mail to the Center. Indicate the following in writing: Name of group (individual), number of participants, dates of stay, contact information. We will review your application and get back to you. FAX 022－222-0993
We expect that we may be getting many requests. Based on limits in our capacity, other reservations, and number of staff, we may need to turn down some requests. We ask for your understanding in case we are not able to accommodate your group.
reported by Shinichi Watanabe
Report of visit to Shichigo Elementary school on March 24.
Today we went to Shichigo Elementary School (in Wakabayashi, Sendai) where 1,100 people are sheltered. We went to see what supplies they need and how we may be able to support them. We visited a doctor from JOCS and then talked to some of the teachers and the principle.
↑Laughter seen at the restrooms
We were able to talk to some members of a citizens group, involved in providing hot food at the school playground. We were able to see how people are encouraging each other and helping each other in this severe situation.
↑Encouraging each other at the tent set up by a citizen’s group
At the school, we could see the scars left by the tsunami, and the Self Defense Force was there to find out information about missing people.
↑The scene stretching before us
Witnessing the extreme hardship, seeing people helping each other, sharing their pain and suffering. It was a day that we felt many emotions.
Reported by Taku Noda (SCF Volunteer)