About HARU

We provide assistance toward the reconstruction of Tohoku district, devastated by the quake and the following Tsunami on March 11, 2011.Many volunteer students of Tohoku University have joined us in this noble cause. Also, HARU have received official recognition from Tohoku University so that we are able to promote volunteer activities to meet community needs. In the future, we are switching our work to the long-term reconstruction with broad range of cooperation.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Conference by Students of Affected Area in Kagawa prefecture

    This is Fukumoto, HARU Public Relations.
    I would like to share this time about Conference by Students of Affected Area in Kagawa prefecture.

    This conference was organized by Team Kagawa Students, which is consist of voluntary students of medical school of Kagawa University. In this conference, 7. Students who are students of Tohoku University, Fukushima University and Fukushima Prefecture Medical College, and  were involved in volunteer activities on reconstruction from the earthquake gave presentation on their activities and their future works. From Tohoku University, 4 students who did activities in HARU right after the earthquake participated.
Conference room in Kagawa University Medical School
    At the conference, each students gave presentation about how it was and how  they did after affection, about the fact of volunteer activity and what problems the have, and so on. Though they were all students, they all had different situations such that one who stayed at university hospital to help out back-stage medical care, one who drove around evacuation centers to help transporting supplies, one who went along with university hospital doctors to help on-site medical care, one who organized events for children at makeshift houses.

    By exchanging opinions and having relations to each other in this atmosphere, I think we can find new point of view. As one who do activities on site, I thought we have to think about how it is now and how we should do in longer period of time.

    I have another thing to think; I want to tell especially to whom were not affected, as one who know the affected area of that time.

    What if you are hit by unexpected and unparalleled disaster tomorrow? If you are not prepared for that, you'll be too surprised to make right decisions. (in fact, I couldn't.)

Imagine if that happened to you town.

    What dangerous would happen? Disasters form several shapes other than this tsunami. Collapsing on buildings, landslides, derails of trains, traffic jam because of black out, not being able to go home because of traffic jam and so on. The first thing you need to do is to save yourself.
    Afterwards what should you do?Do you know where to evacuate? How do you contact your family and friends? What if lifelines were cut off? Have you prepared evacuation bag? Do you have enough stock of daily essentials?

    You don't have to think of it all the time, but think and know about it at least once. Even if you don't go to the place nor do volunteer activities, it should be helpful to you sometimes. It would make much difference that you HAVE heard or thought when you face it. I would be happy if informations from us would help someone at someplace.

    It was such a good opportunity to be able to have contact with Shikoku, where such a far district from Tohoku, in such meaning. In the end I expect more people to think of what if I were involved in disasters.


After the conference,
(Students of medical school of Kagawa University  Team Kagawa Students, Tohoku University, Fukushima University, Fukushima Prefecture Medical College, Ehime University, and Tokushima University)

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