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Let’s find opportunities for pro bono in Fukushima with BFF! “first fieldtrip of BFF activity“ on September 8, 2012

Pro bono is a Latin phrase for professional work undertaken voluntarily and without payment or at a reduced fee as a public service. Its service, unlike traditional volunteerism, uses the specific skills of professionals to provide services to those who are unable to afford them.

BFF will provide the opportunities to link between local NPOs and social entrepreneurs.

“What is current condition of Fukushima?”
“Are there anything I can do?”
Those who think above, shall we find the opportunities you can do as pro bono in Fukushima?

Itinerary:

Date: September 8
Meeting: at Fukushima station on 8:30
Finishing: at Fukushima station on 19:00
9:00 departure at Fukushima station
10:00 visit Odaka district and some NPOs in Minamisoma
11:30 visit mineral water distribution at Soma base in Soma
12:00 lunch at “Hotokuan”, run by “NPO Soma Haragama Asaichi Club” a symbol of reconstruction in Soma
14:30 visit pottery of “Ohobori soma yaki” in Nihonmatsu
15:30 visit food culture project site, “mothers’ power project” in Fukushima
17:00 feedback session
19:00 finish at Fukushima station

Target:

Those who want to participate in activity by pro bono
Capacity: 8, set limited number for deep discussion

Fee:

Lunch and gas fee for transportation. Detail will be sent by email.

Coordinator:

Bridge for Fukushima

Day of the fieldtrip:

BFF guided the participants from staff at NPO and companies in Tokyo and Fukushima to Soma, Minamisoma, and Fukushima for the purpose “Let’s find opportunities for pro bono in Fukushima with BFF!”
The fieldtrip gave hints how the participants away from Fuskushima could be involved in activities in Fukushima using own skills.
Mr. Takahashi, a chairperson of NPO Soma Haragama Asaichi Club talked about activities just after the earthquake, and emphasised that two way support between the affected and supporters are necessary to tackle issues such as compensation and reparations for tsunami and nuclear plant accident.

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The participants enjoyed lunch at ‘Hotokuan’, a symbol of reconstruction.

In the afternoon, Mr. Ikeda, representative director of NPO Fronteer Minamisoma talked about activities as kid’s support, industry support through online shopping, and life support as radiation measuring.

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The participants especially deeply listened to the part that he moved to Minamisoma after the earthquake.

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At the site of mothers’ power project, they listened to most necessary support in near future.
Their impressions after the fieldtrip were:
“I realised issues in each city and made links with local people and NPOs.”
“It may be necessary to prepare activity menu for pro bono supporters.”
“The fieldtrip gave me hints for what to do next.”

Bridge for Fukushima will keep working on making Fukushima tour event and preparing system of pro bono.

Bridge for Fukushima
[Head Office and Community Space "Palette"]
2-22 Satsuki-cho Fukushima-shi, Fukushima, 960-8061
TEL&FAX:024-503-9069
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76 Fukamachi Ooi Odaka-ku Minami-Soma-city, Fukushima, 979-2103
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