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Japan, Project Tohoku

Getting There

Everything finally seems to be coming together, thankfully. The upstairs is almost finished, tatami is on its way, the machine to prepare the floor for painting comes tomorrow, the floor paint is ready to go. Shopped today for some last bits; shower buckets, hooks for clothes in the showers, Tupperware for leftovers. The bunk beds are waiting at the warehouse so hopefully volunteers can start moving here en masse next week.

It’s been tough having people split between two locations, not only for logistical reasons but because you get to know the people you live with much better, obviously. It hasn’t always felt cohesive. I’m really looking forward to a good few Monday nights in the new common area, everyone hanging out together, having fun and building those special relationships that keep people coming back to All Hands. You make such fast friends so quickly when you live, work and play together and unfortunately that’s been missing a bit. With a satellite project on the horizon again, which only intensifies this unity due to the small group numbers and more challenging living conditions, and potentially a single base in the offing things look much brighter.


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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