About Kanagawa Fukushima Ouen Project (kfop)

As of March 31st, 2016

The residents in Fukushima Prefecture still endure various kinds of affliction due to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent accident in the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. In addition to the direct damage, they suffer with reputational damages in farm produce and decline of tourism in fear of contamination. Even though five years have passed since the double disaster, they are still facing numerous challenges that require your support toward restoration and revitalization of the region.

 

In Japanese, Ouen is the act of supporting, invigorating and helping. Kanagawa Fukushima Ouen Project (kfop) is a project to send aid and support to Fukushima from Kanagawa Prefecture where founding members live. Every member of kfop has gathered together on his or her own initiative to contribute time and skills. Either an organizing staff or a participant of volunteer activities acts in accordance with the principle that everyone does what he or she can, when possible, without straining oneself.

 

We don't have a paid staff, and keep accounting transparency. The fund raised as donations and membership fees is used for the planned and approved activities.

Group Overview

English name (Acronym):

Kanagawa.Fukushima.Ouen.Project (kfop)

 

Type of organization:

Voluntary organization, unincorporated

 

Date of establishment:

January 11, 2012

 

Membership:

274 people

 

Cumulative participants:

1,002 people (total number of participants went on board on the chartered buses headed to Fukushima as of March 2016)

Our Activities

There are three pillars to our activities.

 

1. Direct ActionActivities in Fukushima Prefecture

  • Help cleaning up the streets in residential areas where people live ordinarily, to dispel concern about radioactive contamination
  • Coordinate and conduct volunteer activities in the evacuation zones where entry is allowed, including cleaning up the private houses
  • Visit the evacuees who live in temporary housing
  • Cooperate on various support activities for schools, children and their mothers, etc.

 

2. Local ActionActivities in Kanagawa Prefecture

  • Cooperate on or jointly organize gathering for evacuees living in Kanagawa, with other voluntary groups
  • Cooperate with administrative bodies and private groups, in both of the disaster-affected municipalities and the municipalities receiving evacuees

 

3. Active communication of information

  • Present activity reports to the public to try to convey current situations and facts we capture in Fukushima
  • Spread and share information about tourism and local produce, hoping that it gives vigour to Fukushima

Organization of the group

Membership

Total Membership

274

 

Full members

80

Members paying the annual fee, with voting rights at general meetings

of which Fukushima Ouentai members

(32)

 

General members

101

Members who support activities without voting rights

Supporting members

1

Individual/organization members who give financial support

Registrants

103

Past participants and non-members who are on our general mailing list

 

Operation

 

General meeting:

Held annually. Officers and full members discuss and make decisions regarding activity plans, etc.

 

Regular meeting:

Held as needed (roughly once per month)

 

Extraordinary meeting:

Called by the representative when officers agree it is necessary

 

Volunteer sub-teams within the group

 

Fukushima Ouentai:

Members who participate in private projects that aim to clean up hotspots dotted around residential areas. This has been our starting point for our activities. Currently there is no activity which accepts volunteer participants.

 

Sharing a taste of Fukushima (started on June 14, 2015):

Activity to introduce delicious things from Fukushima, through participating in events, etc.

Track Record

Membership

Fiscal Year *1

Membership

2011

29

2012

174

2013

202

2014

254

2015

274

 *1 Our fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31.

 

Participants in direct actions

Fiscal Year

No. of Actions

Total participants

2011 *2

6

29

2012

13

307

2013

19

273

2014

17

185

2015

14

205

Total

69

1,002

 *2 In 2011, the number of actions includes the ones as Fukushima Ouentai carried out before the establishment of kfop.

 

No. of people supporting local actions

Fiscal Year

Local support mailing list registrants *3

2015

20

 *3 A dedicated mailing list for people who wish to participate in activities in Kanagawa.

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