Sustainable Recovery in Haiti Panel

Join a select group of key stakeholders this Saturday Jan 12 on the third anniversary of the earthquake as we look back and forward to the future. A joint effort of Relief 2.0, Stanford University and ESIH. (more...)

Road to the Future Photo Exhibit

A visual journey through the impact of the earthquakes that hit Haiti in January 2010 and Japan on March 2011, the joint response and sustainable recovery efforts. (more...)

Journey of the X

Bicycle ride from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince, New York and Boston. Bringing together the TEDx communities on these cities and raising awareness on the challenges and opportunities of innovation and collaboration. (more...)

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Relief 2.0 Projects in Japan for August - December 2011

We are focusing our efforts in Japan in three main projects:

  • Relief 2.0 Marketplace.
  • The Sustainable Recovery in Tohoku Photo Book series.
  • Art Exhibit and Cultural Fair in Ishinomaki.

All three projects are defined as social business endeavors and are to be executed with a business-like approach, taking care to make them not just sustainable, but profitable so that their proceeds can be used to support the survivors and to fund additional initiatives and continuous operation.

Standing strong again: Rebuilding the Fishing community of Kesennuma

Our friend Kaori Brand and United Nations University have shared this inspirational video of the role of business and community together in the sustainable recovery process of Japan.

Japanese Strength and Resilience: Mrs. Hideko Oikawa re-opens factory and employs disaster survivors

On Sunday July 10, a field team of Women Help Women and Relief 2.0 paid a visit to an amazing an inspiring woman, a testimony of the resilient and unbreakable spirit of the Japanese women and the Tohoku survivors. This is the story told by Ann Sado.

Oikawa Denim Y.K. is a truly amazing company with Mrs. Hideko Oikawa as the visionary, entrepreneurial CEO, having an indomitable spirit in times of hardship and crisis as the Tsunami-Earthquake that hit this mountainous coastal region of Motoyoshi-cho, about 1 hour south of Kesennuma city itself.

Gina invites you to fundraise for Tohoku

Join us this Sunday at Hibiya Park to Fundraise for Tohoku with the best Latin music and food and products from Tohoku. If Gina is inviting, it must be good.

Tohoku Volunteer Trip: An inspiring video

Our good friend Eden Quayle has shared an inspiring video of their recent Tohoku Volunteer Trip on June 22nd - 26th 2011. If you like it, you can send the url to pass it on to others or use the links below to share it on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-in or via e-mail.

Report of Day 1 of the Relief 2.0 Third Mission to Miyagi

Shotengai Meeting

Arrived in Ishinomaki around noon and had lunch at a Chinese Restaurant. We were supposed to have a meeting with Abe-san, the female leader, but she got an unexpected meeting with city councilors and was occupied the whole day. We took the members around the neighborhood and the city instead.

Third Relief 2.0 Mission to Miyagi with the support of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

British Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Our third mission to Ishinomaki and Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, from Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26 takes place in collaboration with the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Guidelines for Interaction with Local Stakeholders and Delivery of Donations

Relief 2.0 meeting with Ishinomali senior local business people

A quick collection of guidelines and suggestions for our interaction with local stakeholders in field missions, disaster recovery initiatives and social actions at a local level. From our dialogues, assessments and engagement of locals to the use of donations, funds and resources.

The Importance of Safety in Disaster Response Field Missions

Carlos Miranda Levy in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

One of the most common attitudes and mistakes in field operations happens when both volunteers and local stakeholders develop a sense of confidence and safety as they get used to the disaster area. Many assume that the worst has already happened: "it's unlikely another earthquake/tornado/flood/storm will hit the same area twice or anytime soon" seems to be a logical reasoning. And so, relief teams stop wearing their masks, gloves, eye protection and go into field activities without emergency survival kits, personal water drinking supplies, nutrition bars or communication devices. After all, they are just minutes or an hour from camp, right?


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