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2017-05 Newsletter

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1 Tohoku EQ and Tsunami - 6 Years After

10 to 19 April. Olivia Chan and volunteer, Wong Lee Sin, visited the region to catch up with local partners, review ongoing projects and explore further areas of needs. First stop was Santa House in Koriyama where Tsuboi Sensei and his team have been distributing safe drinking water to families with expecting mothers and young children since the onset of the Daiichi nuclear plant meltdown.

We also visited towns nearer to the Daiichi nuclear plant such as Tomioka, Okuma and Namie. Local communities are still living in uncertainty over the risks of exposure to the radiation fallout. Evacuees in Tomioka have been told to move back to their former homes but only 30% are willing to do so. More info at http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/03/31/national/evacuation-orders-lifted-three-fukushima-areas-residents-slow-return/#.WS_BptwlH3g. Meanwhile, NGOs work together with local communities to monitor hotspots and to carry out research on ways to reduce contamination and to de-contaminate themselves.

The last stop was at Minami Sanriku where the remaining displaced families have started moving in to permanent housing provided by the government.

CREST will continue to work with Santa’s House in their outreach projects. For more information, kindly visit our trip report.

2 Kids Disaster Risk Reduction

25 May. 41 students and their teachers from Wisdom Spring Academy, Kajang, had a great camp at MBS Recreation & training Centre. The day was filled with fun and activities as the children discover what hazards and disasters are and get started on how to equip themselves on what to do before, during and after a natural disaster.

“Every dollar invested into disaster preparedness saves seven dollars in disaster aftermath. Get involved and help us spread the word! – United Nations Development Programme

CREST is committed to include DRR as an integral part of the whole cycle of disaster response because preparedness not only saves dollars but saves lives too. Children need to be prepared too!

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Juniors learn and retain with an action song, by getting their hands “dirty”, by exploration and discovery.

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Seniors fascinated by what they can stuff into a 20L Go Bag for survival; have a feel of the fire extinguisher; discuss and share on what to do in different kinds of natural disasters.

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Seniors studied floor plans and pictures of their school and share on what safety features are already in place and how they can make their school safer and better for all.

3. Up Coming Events & Prayer Requests

3.1 Basic Disaster Response Camp, MBS, Kundang (14-17 September 2017).

BDR 2017 is open for registration. This year, we aim for 20 participants for this intensive training. If you have attended IDRN 1100 and 1300 or CREST annual training camps before 2010, come and gain wider and broader knowledge in Disaster Management. Info and registration.

3.2 Fund Raising Event for CREST 2018.

We are looking for volunteers for our 20th Anniversary Fund Raising Event next year. Please pray together with us for the Lord’s direction. May He provide the wisdom, manpower and resources that are needed.

Olivia Chan
Field Manager

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