We can't imagine what those in the earthquake and tsunami affected areas must go through and for
how long especially after losing loved ones, homes, and everything. Our thoughts and our prayers are
with all of you at this awful time.
June 19, 2011
Serikawa is heading to one of the towns in Iwate prefecture and will be driving along the coast visiting more towns for people who haven't yet received much care and supplies.
He brings our messages while supplying aid.
June 20, 2011
Serikawa visited Yamada-machi, Iwate Prefecture.
S san in Yamada-machi is one of the recovery facilitators and also a sender of the Yamada-machi well-being information.
It's been three months.
There has been almost no material incommodity so long as we don't wish for much more, S san says.
What is putting them in a quandary is that the administration has not established any further policies. Moreover, the monetary donations they have so far received are only 500,000 yen for each household with a completely collapsed house and 250,000 yen for each household with a half collapsed house.
S san's house is half collapsed and the breakdown list of his 250,000 yen is that 180,000 yen comes from the Red Cross and 70,000 yen from the Iwate Prefectural office. He applied for the benefit last April and finally received it this month of June.
The survivors in Yamada-machi are seriously exhausted because they don't know what to do.
June 21, 2011
Serikawa voluntarily works as a civil engineer with other long-staying volunteer workers.
A wish Going a long way round That's all right That's my life Made a wish on stars floating in the sky A distant childhood memory Nothing is easy No one has answers Fall asleep Rest in a dream I can hear your voice Always Hold out your hand Come along with me Days of nothing my way Drink it all Fall asleep Rest in a dream Taunts on my back Crawling hurt Still here carrying this tiny, delicate wish of mine Take it easy Don't close up A tiny wish locked in the bottom of your heart Take it easy Don't close up Oh, oh Cry baby, cry Someday someone will find you Someday someone will find you Oh, oh And your wish
---Original lyrics by Serikawa--- ---TR by Miwa---
His name is Ramji san. He was leaving the bus stop after sending off his kid in the school bus. When I started talking with him, he told me that we could talk in Japanese. He was very fluent in Japanese, but he also told me a very, very sad story in his fluent Japanese. Ramji san used to live in Japan for about eight years. While he was a student of TOHOKU University he had a room-mate and his room-mate died in Tsunami. He was driving along the coast. He received a call from his wife and was told about the Tsunami coming. He tried hard to evacuate, but his cell phone got cut off while speaking to his wife and he never came back alive. Ramji san has kept donating since. I appreciate his having shared the sad story with me and having encouraged our activities. Thank you very much, Ramji san. --j-HEART US staff M.K.--
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