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4/11/2011 Disaster Relief Update

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Picking up some updated info from the latest issue of Tenri jiho (4/10/2011) and other sources:

  • On March 23, Tenrikyo Disaster Relief Headquarters shifted their base of operations in Iwate Prefecture from Iwai Bunkyokai, which is located inland, to Senmayacho-Minami Center in Ichinoseki City in order to be closer to the coast.
  • Toyama Diocese Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps (DRHC) helped cook and serve pork soup for displaced persons at four evacuation centers in Iwate between March 26 and 30. They were relieved by Chiba Diocese DRHC members, who were dispatched between March 31 and April 4.

(Refer to online article: 災救隊 炊き出し 陸前高田市リポートから(4月6日記) and related video. Sorry, video is only in Japanese.)

  • On March 30, Tenrikyo Disaster Relief Headquarters opened an office dedicated to psychological care. In this regard, the Boys and Girls Association is contemplating the prospect of dispatching staff to offer support to children in affected areas.
  • Between April 6 and 8, the Shinbashira Zenji Nakayama paid a visit to Iwate Prefecture and northeastern Miyagi with Honbu-in Yoshitaro Ueda, the director of Tenrikyo Disaster Relief Headquarters, to encourage followers affected by the disaster and others participating in relief efforts.
  • As of April 6, a total of 20 DRHC teams comprising 1,521 members have been dispatched to take part in relief efforts such as water distribution, cooking, and removing rubble. Also as of April 6, Tenrikyo two disaster relief funds has collected 3,472 donations adding to 260,348,133 yen (or roughly 3 million USD). The breakdown is as follows: “Tenrikyo Disaster Relief Fund”–144,025,593 yen (2,181 donations); “Tenrikyo Fund to Support Affected Dioceses and Disaster Relief Hinokishin Corps–116,322,540 (1,291 donations).
  • Finally, in response to a request from Nara Prefecture, doctors from Ikoi-no-Ie Hospital in Tenri will be dispatched to an evacuation center in Kesennuma City between April 8 and 12. (4/13/2011 update: Doyusha has posted a video relating to this news. Doctors also made house calls in the area. Sorry, video is in Japanese only.)

(By TR Translation Staff)

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