HELP: Kurzzeit-Erholung

NCC Japan - Tohoku HELP

Short-term Recuperation Project Proposal Proposal
date: June 30, 2013

Proposal by: Touhoku HELP
Project term: from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2016
Responsible party: Touhoku HELP (NPO corporate body)
Project supervisor: Rev. Naoya Kawakami (Director General of Touhoku HELP)
Person in charge of the project: Rev. Shoei Abe (Director of Touhoku HELP)
Purpose of project: To provide short-term recuperation opportunities for families who are threatened by the effects of radiation
Project Summary Name of project: Short-term Recuperation Project
Project term: from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014
Project Location: All of Fukushima Prefecture and radiation hot-spots in Miyagi, Iwate, Tochigi, Chiba, and Ibaragi prefectures
Support Group: Touhoku HELP (NPO corporate body)

Background Information
In the 1950s, the Marshall Islands, which had been contaminated by the Bikini hydrogen bomb experiments, were declared a “safe place” by the U.S. government. However, unusual things happened the residents on the islands. For example, many babies were stillborn and other babies were born in abnormal shapes (known as “jelyfish babies”). The World Council of Churches dispatched envoys to the Marshall Islands where they established a network to report the reality of the islands residents’ conditions. This was done by networking with local churches and thorugh serving the local people. This network brought momentum to the anti-nuclear power movement in the U.S. and shifted U.S. policy to look at safety issues for the people of the Marshall Islands although for many of the Marhsalees, it was too late.

A. Purpose of Project
1. This “Short-term Recuperation Project” was based on advice from an earlier member of the World Council of Churches team. Churches could work closely with people by serving local communities. Then, churches which are already connected to the rest of world, would be able to provide support for those affected by this radiation disaster.

2. At this point, the scale and degree of the effects of radiation from the 3/11/2011 nuclear power plant explosion accident is still unclear. The anxiety of parents who live in the areas with high dosages of radiation never disappears. Those who hesitate to let their children play freely outside wish to escape to low does air radiation areas, even if just for weekends and holidays.

3. In response to their wishes, we propose to support their transportation expenses for short-term recuperation in order to provide them with rest and a chance to be away from the radiation. As we give support, a Christian pastor or a Buddhist monk shall interview the potential recipients, either at a local church, a temple, or a food radiation measurement facility. The results shall be recorded and stored. In this way, in the case of future major health problem outbreaks, these records shall serve as accumulated evidence. This support took place from May 2012 to June 2013 for 326 families, and 6 churches and one food radiation measurement facility made connections to families in high radiation exposure areas.

B. Project Location and Project Contents
1. The project location shall include all of Fukushima prefecture with a focus on the cities of Fukushima, Koriyama, and Iwaki and also other hot spots outside of Fukushima prefecture.

2. Details of the Project/ Project Contents
a) Activities: 20,000 Yen for transportation expense to support for participating families who hope for short-term recuperation in order to help diminish damages due to radiation exposure.
b) Interview is required.
c) Growth Indicator: Providing supporting an average of 40 families per month.

C. Project Budget
1. Support expense: 20,000 yen x 40 families x 12 months = 9,600,000 yen / year
2. Personnel expense: 140,000 yen / month, 1,680,000 yen / year

Short-term Recuperation Project Proposal