How can we all come together as earthquake affected areas, and connect as human beings. You are not alone!
PROJECT Chiyo-ni Japan is a unique initiative that seeks to support people in the Tōhoku region centring around Kesennuma in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan who were directly affected by the East Japan Earthquake in 2011.
PROJECT Chiyo-ni does not provide such things as blankets or food—the time of need for these sorts of items is long past. We focus on the supporting local people and organisations as they rebuild their lives and communities. To this end, PROJECT Chiyo-ni has run a series of intimate initiatives where New Zealanders are able to offer hope and compassion and to form bonds of friendship with the survivors of this tragedy. We in New Zealand are equally vulnerable to earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanoes—the Canterbury Earthquake from which we are still recovering, was only a few months prior to Tōhoku, and Kaikoura was another NZ region to suffer a catastrophic quake in 2016.
Our central aim is to express solidarity and understanding; to show the people affected by this disaster that they are not alone or forgotten by the international community.