All Hands is moving house. Project Tohoku has been extended and as services start to come back online demand for space in the commerce building that serves as our coordination center is growing and the more time passes the more residents of the Fukushino (no Mum, not Fukushima!) Sato Center, home to the majority of our volunteers, would like to get back to normal. For these reasons we are moving into the building across the street, a former electronics shop that has stood unused for over twenty years.
Volunteers are in the middle of a major refit to install shower cubicles, lay new floors and generally make the place spick and span as soon as possible. Keith is heading up the carpentry team and is in charge of the infrastructure build out and I have been given the job of making sure that all our day-to-day needs are covered. I’ve spent the day wandering the isles of the local hardware store, running back with emergency plywood supplies and returning to price up bubblegum pink carpet vs. lino vs. tatami.
We need places to put shoes, dirty boots, bags, office supplies, kitchenware, food and, of course, volunteers. We need places to sit and eat and hang out and have meetings. We need places to dry clothes and sleep and write emails. I have found an amazing new website called pinterest where you can make online pinboards and capture pictures of inspiring ideas for a project you’re working on. I’m working on a couple of nice little additions, but you’ll just have to wait and see like everyone else.