As soon as Second Harvest Japan (abbreviated to 2HJ) received a request for assistance from Kumamoto prefectural government through Food Bank Kagoshima, its truck left Tokyo for Kumamoto on 16th of April, the day of the main shock, carrying various relief supplies. And on the following day (17th of April) 2HJ began it’s supporting activities.
At first, we complied with the request of prefecture, working on providing and transporting supplies to each city, town, and village. However, we realized that we would need long term assistance, because only public assistant was not enough to distribute supplies to all the people who need support. Therefore, we decided to launch 2HJ Kumamoto Project and will be supporting people in Kumamoto at the end of 2016.
Now, the designated shelters have supplies to a certain extent, and the situation of running out of food has somewhat settled. And now, with the cooperation of the organization of outside the prefecture, local NPO, and community organization, we are now providing food and daily commodities to various people who have not yet received enough public assistant: specifically, we are subject to support the welfare facilities that is accepting the victims, and the people who are staying at their house with damaged properties or living in their car.
From now on, we will be directly distributing supplies to the real needy people to prevent the lives of people from deteriorating further.