Donations and Volunteering for West Japan Floods

Callum Hull (Hiroshima)

As many of you may know, on the 6th and 7th of July 2018, West Japan was hit with record rainfall as—three times the expected rainfall for July. The Chugoku region of Japan, consisting of Hiroshima, Okayama, Yamaguchi, Tottori and Shimane were very badly affected by floods.

If you are in a position to do so, there are many options to donate to the relief efforts. JETAA have made a comprehensive list regarding all the outlets you can donate to. Please follow this link: https://www.jetaainternational.org/single-post/2018/07/15/Donations-to-help-the-recent-disaster-in-southwestern-Japan

For those of you who are able to volunteer, please read the following information:

You must obtain volunteer insurance before you start. Volunteer insurance can usually be purchased from the organisation in question at the disaster site, but please check with the organisation before just in case. The insurance should be less but take at least 1000 yen just in case.

Additionally, please also bring the following items:
Long sleeved shirt
Pants
A hat or helmet
Thick gloves
Tall boots
Lunch and water (you don’t want to take food from those who are running low on it)
Face mask to keep dust particles out
Goggles

Here are some links for volunteering opportunities:
https://kanko-h.com/info/?p=6780
http://openjapan.net/
Please get out and support your local communities!

Callum Hull is an ALT at various elementary and junior high schools in Hiroshima prefecture and currently the AJET block 9 representative. Hailing from Suffolk, UK, he has lived in Japan on and off for four years and enjoys music and comedy.

 

Image: Joel Wilkinson (Hiroshima)

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