Tsunami Survivor Fund to Save Miyagi
Mission Accomplished!.. for now!

Hello everyone and thank you all again very much!! Last week, I was able to pass over 300000 yen (roughly $3500) to the Minamisanriku Board of Education, all thanks to you and your kind donations. It was really a special moment for me personally to be able to see my co-workers again and give them a message in more than words that the world is still standing with them and still listening to their stories. They strongly appreciate this donation, and were surprised and grateful for the generousity of strangers. Once again, thank you so very much!!

Here I'm with Mr Haga, the Vice President of the Board of Education, handing over the donation.

The recipt showing where the money will be used - the education department.

Putting the donation in an 'omimai' envelope, a traditional way of giving money to express sympathy and support.

I was also interviewed by the local news paper about SaveMiyagi and my experiences in the town. I'm so thankful to be able to send out our message to everyone in the town.

I also got a chance to walk around the town of Shizugawa for the first time since the earthquake. The volunteers and workers have done an incredible job cleaning up, and while there is still a mountain of work to be done, it was still great to see the progess they have made. Here are some pictures---

The Disaster Preparedness building, where many officials lost their lives, including Miki Endo, the woman who announced the oncomming tsunami until the very last moment.

The park near where I used to live, which is now being used as a trash dump for all the wreckage.

Temporary housing up at Shizugawa Junior High School.

The damaged tsunami wall along the coast.

Messages of support from Minamisanriku's sister city in Chile, who they've been connected to ever since the earthquake in Chile 50 years ago sent a devistating tsunami to both places.

The new view from Shizugawa Junior High School. You can see how green it's become in the summer season. Still a long way to go.

But, it hasn't just been tours of damaged areas on the trip so far..

Chuusonji, a temple complex in Ichinoseki, about an hour inland of the coast, is undamaged and just as beautiful as always.

This couple in Kesnnuma have reopened their vegetable shop, despite their town having been so heavily damaged.

And students at Togura JHS, at last graduating!

On Friday, we'll head back to Ishinomaki with Peace Boat to start volunteering. I'm very exciting to start helping with my own two hands!

Thank you all so much for your support and continued interest. Though we've made a contribution now, I hope SaveMiyagi can continue to raise money and help the people of Minamisanriku, Miyagi, and Japan. THey will need help for a long time to come, and my connection to the people there will last a lifetime.

Ganbappe Japan!

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