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Japan, Project Tohoku, volunteering

Hello Humanity

Today has been pretty crazy. I’m preparing and organising our supplies in case of an emergency such as a typhoon or large aftershock as well as my usual volunteer coordination tasks and my new secret mission. This is not going to be a long post because I’m off to soak in the bath across the street – we only have toilets here, no shower/bath so one of our local volunteers who lives over the road lets us use his bathroom, one-by-one until 8pm.

Also tomorrow we have 22 volunteers coming to work with us from Habitat for Humanity Japan! We are sending two huge teams back to the canals of Ofunato and the rice paddies of Rikuzentakata. This weekend we should be able to make a big dent in these two mammoth projects – which is a good job because Neil managed to get permission today from the local council for us to work on clearing miles more.

Thankfully one of our new volunteers today brought plenty of chocolate, the second volunteer to arrive today is an expert masseuse of the back-cracking variety and our outgoing volunteer Ann, left a case of beer. It’s a hard life sometimes, now let me see about that long hot bath …


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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