Project Tohoku will double in size as of Friday. Twenty-six volunteers will arrive as many Japanese companies shut down for Golden Week, a vacation period encompassing four national holidays that fall within a week. Work will focus around the clearing and cleaning of a local middle school which was badly affected by the tsunami. Up to 25 people per day will work to salvage and sanitise furniture and equipment. A gym hall will also be cleared of mud and debris to be used as storage for the relief supplies that are still pouring into the region.
The pace of work in the community is starting to increase as the rainy season approaches and people scramble to get things done before wet weather and potential flooding issues affect what can be done. Our Golden Week population boom has come just at the right time!