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STEPing towards inclusion: empowering children through inclusion in a post-disaster context

P-2013-007
 

Where and when

Ishino-maki, Japan. 10 August to 24 August 2013

Theme and project

Linking with the Mosaic STEP project and the 2012 IPP, this IPP focused on the community severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. This project aimed to offer a CISV educational experience, intercultural and interpersonal exchange between CISV participants and young people from north eastern Japan that were affected by the tsunami. The IPP focused on encouraging the community to have stronger bonds and smoother relationships, with the hope of helping them adjust to the new reality with a positive attitude looking at a long-term solution. The young people we worked with will lead the redevelopment of this region in the future.

Partner organization

The main supporter of this IPP is the Mosaic STEP Project, which has been working with Ishinomaki’s children since the earthquake and will keep its presence in the long term. Additionally, this IPP was supported by a number of organizations including the Akebono Kodomo Kai (Akebono Kids Club), DoTANK Miyagi, JICA and National Hanayama Youth Outdoor Learning Center. 

Participant profile

Participants had a desire to empower children to rebuild their self-esteem and community in a post-disaster context. They were interested in connecting with with youth; helping them expand their
horizons, open their minds to the world and develop a positive attitude towards change. It was an advantage to have experience with children, education, psychology or community development. Useful skills included sensitivity to cultural differences, such as language challenges and the use of non-verbal communication. Participants needed to be open minded to Japanese culture. Knowledge of Japanese was an asset.

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