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Connect


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Post Disaster Recovery Starts with Connection

Place to Grow is a program supporting post-disaster communities to come together through intergenerational classes that connect children, elderly and outside volunteers.  Our events help survivors to keep hope and build resilience through community, connection and inspiration.

PS. Santa Soul Train is back for the 6th year running this December 11th!
Join us this year in Minami Sanriku. 

 
 
 
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Inspire


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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.  

We have upcoming workshops planned for 2016.05 ~ 2016.07 , and are preparing for 2016 spring and winter community events in Minami Sanriku.

Have a look at our 2015 December Minami Sanriku community event web report here, or our most recent Place to Grow workshop report here.

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.

 
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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.


Upcoming Place to Grow Workshops

The next Place to Grow workshop is being held on 2016.12.11 in Minami Sanriku.  If you are interested in joining to participate or support, please contact us.

 
 

Download the PDF Flier (also available in Japanese).

Santa Soul Train 2016

2016.12.11

Community Holiday Party
Hosted by Hotel Kannyo

Santa Soul Train is part of the Place to Grow series of community workshops and events that support connection and recovery in post-disaster communities. A year-end celebration of the friendships and connections made throughout the year, and throughout the recovery.

This year, we are partnering with Konishiki and his Rise Up initiative to encourage and inspire children during the holidays. Join us to help bring a bigger impact to Tohoku and Kumamoto.


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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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Innovative Funding Model

Place to Grow works with local community and business to fundraise for events by promoting locally sourced products. Our first community-driven product has launched in Minami Sanriku, bringing organic, locally produced vegetables and foodstuffs to donors outside the region.

All goods are grown or sourced locally, and sent to donors that want to support Place to Grow program. With the donations we receive from you through this gift program, we will be able to hold more art workshops, camps and other such outdoor activities for children in disaster affected areas.  Not only do the activity and events benefit the community, but elderly farmers gain a sense of normality and purpose, and a feeling of contributing to post-disaster society by contributing to the locally sourced product packages.

 
 
 

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