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Japan, Project Tohoku, volunteers

History Repeats

Not only are Habitat Japan back with us for the weekend but volunteers are back out working to clear the canals of Ofunato and the rice paddies of Rikuzentakata. Last time our numbers were boosted like this by H4H I said that I hoped we would be able to make a dent in those two long-term projects. We obviously did just that as in this evening’s meeting head of the canal crew, Nick, claimed that if his team really knuckled down they could finish with the last stretch left in the neighbourhood! It’s a fairly bold claim but given his huge team and the fresh legs of the Habitat crew I don’t think it’s unrealistic. I’ll let you know tomorrow.

I was also grinning from ear to ear last weekend when a volunteer donated tons of chocolate to the hard-working volunteers – and me! – but this week is the cherry on top of the cheesecake. I have been given six great hunking lumps of cheese in the last two days. I don’t care about the nightmares (which, it turn out, is a superstition peculiar to the UK; all the Americans were most confused) I’ll be eating cheese on toast for supper again tonight and broccoli and Stilton soup on Tuesday. Yummy!


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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