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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.