3.11 Onnatachi ga hashitta - Jyoseikara hajimaru fukkoueno michi
(What women have done and what women should do at the mega disaster - The road to recovery from the 3.11 disaster by women)
BPW Japan ed.
Publisher: Tokyo, Domesu Shuppan (2012/10)
Price; 1,890 Yen
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Recovery support grant program, "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women”
The grant aims to provide support to working women in the severely damaged areas by the 3.11 earthquakes and tsunami in 2011. Any woman or women groups in the affected area can apply publicly with the conditions:
1) be organized by women;
2) have a clear futurplan to promote women’s employment and revitalization of good community.
[ BACK GROUND ]
BPW Japan received a good amount of contributions from BPW sisters both in Japan and all over the world, immediately after the devastating earthquakes and tsunami struck northern part of Japan, March 11, 2011. Members of BPW Japan had a long discussion on what we should do and what we could do, and how we could help affected women to recover from the disaster. We learned that many women wished to rebuild or renew their business to make their living and contribute to keep the community alive. They badly needed financial support to do so. In November, BPW Japan set up a small grant program named "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women," utilizing the donations from BPW members.
We greatly appreciate the support from BPW sisters which made this grant program possible. BPW Japan will continue its fundraising efforts to increase women's economic independence in the area of disaster.
BPW Japan selected 4 more projects for the 3rd "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women" (2013/2/24)
On February 24, 2013, BPW Japan convened the 3rd ceremony to hand in 300,000 yen each to four qualified groups to the "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women." The selection committee selected them from among nine projects publicly applied to this recovery support grant, through site visits and telephone interviews.
After the ceremony, a networking session was held, inviting past grantees. Participants exchanged their experiences and future perspectives. The local leading media, Kahokushinpo, covered the event on their on-line news.
BPW Japan has thus far sought applicants for "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women" three times since November 2011, and has provided grants to 9 local women groups. They periodically reported their progress of activities.
The four groups are:
Sanga Iwate, in Morioka City, Iwate Prefecture: Promotion of networking among local women through hand craft activities, aiming to help people find their lives for living Minna no Ie (Everybody’s Home), in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture: Sales of products utilizing local disaster relief goods. Iki-Iki Noen (Fresh Lively Farm), in Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture: Tofu production. Megumi (Gracious Sea), in Rikuzentakada City, Iwate Prefecture: Fishery processing products.
For more on the grant program and other recovery support activities, see BPW Japan homepage (English). http://www.bpw-japan.jp
BPW Japan selected 2 women groups for the 2nd "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women" (2012/5/26)
The 1st grant which went to 3 women groups was well received publicly. Thanks to several media coverage of the 1st "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women" in January, both on TV and papers, more than 10 groups applied to the 2nd "Job Generating Grant." The selection committee chose two groups through site visits and interviews. On May 26, 2012, in Sendai, Ms. Matsubara, President of BPW Japan, handed in JPY 300,000 (USD 3,800) per group.
The two groups are:
Tsugihagi-Suppe-Cha (Sendai City in Miyagi Pref.), production and sales of handcraft made by local tsunami-survivors; and Nori-Kobo Yamoto (Higashimatsuyama City in Miyagi Pref.), a seaweed manufacturer with a history.
In order to support them further, their products were sold, including those of previous three grantees’ at the 2012 BPW Japan Annual Meeting in Osaka.
BPW Japan selected 3 Projects for the Recovery Support Grant, "Job Generating Grant by Women, for Women" (2012/1/8)
BPW Japan is pleased to announce that we selected three projects for the Recovery Support Grant, "Job generating grant by women, for women." The grant aims to provide support to working women in the severely damaged areas by the 3.11 earthquakes and tsunami last year. Seven projects in the affected area applied to the Grant with the conditions: 1) be organized by women; 2) have a clear future plan to promote women’s employment and revitalization of good community.
BPW selection committee members selected three of them, through site visits and interviews. Selected groups are all small-sized enterprises which were badly destroyed by tsunami, and everything was washed away. However, they were well motivated to rebuild their business. If finance allowed, they would have done more.
On January 8th, 2012, at the Citizens Activity Support Center in Sendai, BPW Japan held a ceremony to present the 1st Recovery Support Grant, JPY 300,000 (USD 400,000)/group, to the following three enterprises. A local major TV station, Miya-Tele, televised the presentation in their evening news.
Three projects are:
Keitono Oppai Project (Hand-knitted-breast -training tool for midwife Project, in Kesen-numa, Miyagi Prefecture. The project aims to promote the income generation for the the elderly; Chiba Nori-ten (Chiba Sisters’ Seaweed Manufacturer) in Minami-sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture; Marine Mothers Kirikiri (Fishery processing products/ Fisher’s restaurant) in Otsuchicyo, Iwate Prefecture)