IsraAID/FIRST Expands Mission in Japan

On Sunday, April 10th, 2011, IsraAID/FIRST will be sending its third emergency relief delegation Japan. The team will be focusing on medical relief and psycho-social support for displaced children and their families in the Miyagi Perfecture, one of the hardest hit areas.

Working in close coordination with Japan’s Ministry of Health, the team will be delivering urgently needed medicines to the Fuji Toranomon Hospital and will continue to assess the needs on the ground and determine where additional Israeli expertise could be used.

The latest delegation will also join IsraAID’s current team on the ground in providing psycho-social relief to children and families living in temporary shelters in Sendai and Watari. IsaAID is currently establishing Child Friendly Spaces, safe havens for children, run by local volunteer and equipped with interactive toys, arts and crafts materials and games. IsraAID is also working with local leaders and teachers to prepare ‘back to school activity kits’ for children expected to return to school in the coming weeks.