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Post Disaster Recovery Starts with Connection

Place to Grow is a space for creativity, imagination, and inspiration to flourish in post-disaster communities. Survivors and outside volunteers connect, bringing an explosion of positive energy to the community. This connection creates hope, resilience and opportunity, which is crucial to long term recovery. In Japan, monthly interactive children's workshops and annual inter-generational community parties are the core activity of Place to Grow.

 
 

Recent Workshop Videos

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Inspire


Inspire


Survivors energize and inspire volunteers. 
Volunteers do the same for survivors.

 

Place to Grow holds monthly workshops in post-disaster areas of Tohoku, and yearly community events that bring in visitors from all over Japan and the world. And it is all powered by dedicated individuals like yourself, who volunteer their energy, passion, and ideas together with a commitment to help survivors recover.  

In 2016 we ran 10 workshops in Minami Sanriku and Kumamoto. We are aiming to for another workshops in 2017.

Click to watch the video: A high-energy overview of the 2015 event in MSR from a volunteer point of view, from packing presents to card-making, to celebrating and dancing.

 
 

Recent Workshops

Communication through ART, SPORT & MUSIC

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Learn


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Our Mission

To develop a collective impact program combining face-to-face educational workshops between children and parents with outside business and school partners that sponsor events, bringing outside guests to the post-disaster region.  The benefits of these events impact the economy, the self worth and pride of communities, and create purpose for continued unity within townships.

For children Place to Grow workshops and events provide an emotionally safe learning environment, and local role models for children by introducing them to the older generations through activity specific workshops.  For the community it provides a platform where the two generations connect and knowledge is passed on to the younger.


Volunteer Activities

Place to Grow activities are divided into 11 categories, including on-the-ground, volunteer support, development, workshops, research and more.  Activities are designed to allow Volunteers from all walks of life to join us. Activities require 2-3 hours per month to successfully achieve.  Check out the full list and let us know if any interest you.

 
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Impact


Impact


 

Choose to Matter

Over the last 5 years working alongside survivors of 3.11 we saw that it was one thing to survive a major disaster, but a completely different thing to survive the recovery.  Survivors of disaster yearn for normality, a sense of purpose, and a feeling of being a member of a community again.  The energy and inspiration that comes from interacting with people outside the disaster area and working together towards a common goal with other members of their community is an invaluable recovery tool.

 

Place to Grow has now hosted five community events in Minami Sanriku!  Join us for the next one.

When the volunteers come and help us, we feel stronger, better able to fight through this. When they leave, some of our strength goes with them. We just want to feel connected.
— Mayor of Minami Sanriku
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SUSTAINABLE


A partnership model focused around participation and shared inspiration.

SUSTAINABLE


A partnership model focused around participation and shared inspiration.

Innovative Funding Model

Place to Grow works with local community and business to find innovative ways to fundraise with locally sourced products. Our first community-driven product test launched in Minami Sanriku, bringing organic, locally produced vegetables and foodstuffs to donors outside the region.

In our first veggie box program, goods were grown or sourced locally, and sent to donors that wanted to support the Place to Grow program. With the donations we received from you through this gift program, we were able to hold art workshops for children in disaster affected areas.  Not only did the activity and events benefit the community, but elderly farmers gained a sense of normality and purpose, and a feeling of contributing to post-disaster society by contributing to the locally sourced product packages.

 
 

Strategic Partners

 
 
 
 

Place to Grow is presented by O.G.A. for Aid.