Tohoku Kosodate Project (North East Japan Parenting Project)

Please click here for information on past status and how we have got to where we are now (these are the contents we would really like you to read and know about).
Local Activity Report
Aid work by J'espère
Media

What we accomplished so far.

Number of mothers receiving aid: As of June 2014: 1,027 Mothers with children [Total:15,068 mothers with children](between July 2012 and June 2014)
Regions receiving aid: Iwate Pref. (Ofunato, Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi, Otsuchi, Tono, MIyako)
Miyagi Pref. (Sendai, Ishinomaki, Kisennuma, Watari, Natori)
Fukushima Pref. (Iwaki, Soma, Minami Soma)
Fukushima Pref. (Date, Nihonmatsu, Sukagawa, Shirakawa, Kohriyama, Inawashiro)
Niigata Pref. (Nagaoka)
Saitama Pref. (Kawagoe) Kanagawa Pref. (Yokohama)
Tokyo (Nakano)

Activity Content: Education of pregnant women and new mothers
parenting and breastfeeding consultation
mental emotional support on the mothers
networking of the mothers
baby massage
mother and child exercise & yoga
workshops and home visits.

News



We now have J'espère home page in English!

01.09.2013
We now have J'espère home page in English!

Please support our "Tohoku Kosodate Project" which supports the pregnant women and mothers in the disaster zones. Every support is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

16.07.2013
Manmaru Salon Workshop in Tono

We visited Tono Manmaru workshop on 16th of July.

25.06.2013
"Komam Doll" was gifted in Manmaru Workshop held in Miyako-shi, Iwate pref.

We have given Komam Dolls at the workshop held in Miyako-shi, which was visited by Manmaru workshop midwife who travelled on the day there to support it.

2013.06.21
"Komam Doll" was gifted in Minami Sanriku town, Miyagi pref.

We have given Komam Dolls to the children attending the workshop held by Miyagi pref. Midwives Association. Minami Sanriku is one of the areas, which experienced a huge damage.

18.06.2013
"Komam Doll" was gifted at Manmaru Workshop, Kamaishi-shi, Iwate pref.

We have given Komam Dolls to the children attending Manmaru Workshop in Kamaishi-shi. Hope you will all enjoy it!

11.06.2013
A report on giving out Komam Doll (Oppai Jyuku)

At the Oppai Jyuku(Breastfeeding workshop) held in June, we gave out Komam Dolls. The workshop was held at the waiting room of the paediatrics ward.

JCN Musashino Mitaka Cable TV has documented our work!

06.06.2013
JCN Musashino Mitaka Cable TV has documented our work!

On 5th June JCN Musashino Mitaka Cable TV has visited us to make a mini documentary on our work.

04.06.2013
"Komam Doll" was gifted in at Baby Smile Ishinomaki workshop.

We have given Komam Dolls at the Baby Smile Ishinomaki workshop on the 22nd of May. The photo shows two boys aged 16months and 18 months. We hope you will enjoy it!

04.06.2013
"Smile Support Festival!! in Ishinomaki" has been held.

On Sunday 25th May, Haha-to-Ko Tohoku Project by Senshu kai and Baby Smile Ishinomaki together held "Smile Support Festival!! in Ishinomaki'

J'espère is attending

22, 23.06.2013
(NOTICE)J'espère is attending "Nakano Iku Festival" (Nakano Parenting festival)!

We will show you the current situation of the disaster areas, the reality of victim's everyday life and the parenting situation.

30.05.2013
"Komam Doll" was gifted in Ofunato-shi, Iwate pref.

We have given Komam Doll to Boy T aged three months old, living in Ofunato-shi. We wish a healthy growth!

Niigata pref. mayor award Midwife Kaneko

22.05.2013
Niigata pref. mayor award Midwife Kaneko

Midwife Ms Kaneko who runs the workshop, Atsumappe in Nagaoka City has been given an award from the mayor of Niigata prefecture.

Smile Support Festival! In Ishinomaki

25.05.2013
Smile Support Festival! In Ishinomaki

On Sunday the 25th May, Senshu kai Hahatoko Tohoku Project is holding Smile Support Festival! In Ishinomaki with Baby Smile Ishinomaki.

J'espère's activity has been documented.

10.05.2013
J'espère's activity has been documented.

The "Global Responsibility Report 2013' by Wallmart Japan was issued on 22nd of April and it has documented the activity of J'espère.
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Hahatoko Tohoku Project HP has been updated

07.05.2013
Hahatoko Tohoku Project HP has been updated

The Hahatoko Tohoku Project HP has uploaded the scene from theKosodate ship Workshop and Manmaru Workshop giving preserved flowers and air freshener to the mums.

Komam Doll' was given to the mother victims (Iwate pref. Otuchi disctict, Hanamaki city)

22.04.2012
"Komam Doll' was given to the mother victims (Iwate pref. Otuchi disctict, Hanamaki city)

On the 5th of April at " Sea side mama and grandma tea party' and on the 9th of April at "Otuchi district Parenting support Center' Komam Dolls were gifted to the mother victims in the area.

Thank you for your support!

22.04.2013
Thank you for your support!

On the 5th of April at " Sea side mama and grandma tea party' and on the 9th of April at "Otuchi district Parenting support Center' Komam Dolls were gifted to the mother victims in the area.

New Workshops for Mothers! An opening event at Ofunato.

08.04.2013
New Workshops for Mothers! An opening event at Ofunato.

The local parenting support charity,Kosodate-ship (Kosodate means parenting) has started a new series of workshops for mothers who have "graduated' from the baby class and are now able to join us in the toddler class from April.

Local Newspapers report a Kosodate ship opening event of a new workshop for mothers.

08.04.2013
Local Newspapers report a Kosodate ship opening event of a new workshop for mothers.

On 8th of April, some local newspapers interviewed and reported the opening event of a new workshop for mothers run by Kosodate ship at Camellia Hall.

A charity portrait photography event at Shonan by La Vita the Visiting Photo Studio.

17.05.2013
(Notice) A charity portrait photography event at Shonan by La Vita the Visiting Photo Studio.

La Vita, the Visiting Photo Studio is running a charity event on 17th May. They are donating part of the profit to J'espère.

Baby smile Ishinomaki

08.04.2013
Baby smile Ishinomaki has put forward a list of questions to be answered by the local MPs.

Baby smile Ishinomaki has put together questions about parenting support to be answered by the local MPs who are standing for the coming election of Ishinomaki city mayor.

Komam Doll was gifted at Rikuzentakata city.

27.03.2013
Komam Doll was gifted at Rikuzentakata city.

Ito, representingKosodate ship has gifted the dolls to the six mothers living in the temporary housing at Rikuzentakata city.

Yomiuri Newspaper

09.03.2013
Yomiuri Newspaper - Musashino – has reported our work.

On 9th of March, our support activity has been reported in Yomiuri Newspaper as "Sending heart warming doll gifts to the disaster area'

Parenting projects to strengthen our future

13.02.2013
J'espère receive an award!

J'espère has been awarded a "Mirai award' by "Parenting projects to strengthen our future' by Sumitomo Seimei (Mirai means the future).

Donations

28.01.2014
Opteopth David Brisson cooperate Matsugaoka Birth Center

David Brisson, who lives in Japan found Jespere online and decided to join us in our support activity towards evacuees currently living in Tokyo.

Atago Souko Co., Ltd Osaka office has gifted us 15000 Ethanol Gel.

09.07.2013
Atago Souko Co., Ltd Osaka office has gifted us 15000 Ethanol Gel.

Atago Souko Co., Ltd Osaka office has gifted us 15000 Ethanol Gel. This will be distributed to the locations below and will be given to the mothers attending the workshop and places such as local care homes in the region.

31.05.2013
A donation was given from Wanabi Japan.

We have been given a donation from Wanabi Japan. We are grateful of your generosity and support. Here is the message that we have also received;

21.05.2013 A donation was given from SHIZEN Yoga Studio.

21.05.2013
A donation was given from SHIZEN Yoga Studio.

SHIZEN Yoga Studio has given us a donation. We are very grateful for your generosity and support. Here is the message that we have also received;

01.05.2013 A Report from

01.05.2013
A Report from "Charity Bazaar @ Kamakura city"

On Sunday the 21st April, despite the rainy day a Charity Bazaar was held by PePe English Salon and Tsubomi (no Ie Children's Clothes) and the profit has been donated.

Please support us

J'espère's project called "Tohoku Kosodate (Parenting) Project" supports pregnant women and new mothers since July 2012. We support the aid work run by the local midwives giving support to the pregnant women and mothers who are bringing up children in a difficult environment. We have supported around 5000 mothers in one year.

In the disaster zone, even after more than two years have passed since the great earthquake and related disasters that followed, the reconstruction is hardly progressing. We wish to continue our aid work in order for the pregnant women and the mothers in the area are able to give birth and bring up children in a safe environment with a positive attitude.

Tohoku Kosodate Project is funded entirely on donations from individuals and grants from companies. So your support is vital for us to continue our work. Please support us, so that we can continue to support the pregnant women and mothers in disaster zone. Thank you.
July 2013.

J'espère Activity Report - Movie

News Archive

21.04.2013 "Charity Bazaar @ Kamakura city" to support the mum victims!

On Sunday 21st April there will be a Charity Bazaar held by PePe English Salon and Tsubomi no Ie Children's clothes.

They will also be selling Komam dolls. The profit will be donated to "Tohoku Kosodate Project" and will be used for mothers and babies living in the disaster area. We look forward to seeing you there.
* J'espère staff will not be attending this event.


15.03.2013 Midwife Miyahara at Soma Birth Center has been reported in Sankei Shinbun (Newspaper).

"Parenting in Fukushima" decisions for the future…

Obstetrics in Fukushima pref. is in a critical condition. Even before the disaster, the ratio of the population to doctors in obstetrics and gynaecology has been the second worst in the country. After the disaster, the number of the doctors has dropped to critical levels due to some doctors leaving the area due to family issues. Within Soma city, there is only one clinic left where a birth can be taken. A doctor told us "In an emergency situation, there are no hospitals near by to take care of. You need to go to Iwaki city or Koriyama city" It takes at least one hour to Fukushima city from here by car.

Even so, there is no option of leaving here. " (We) have lost precious things in the disaster, so (we) want to make sure that the rest of the time is spent with the family together"

Where you live does not influence the feelings of love and care in parenting. "These children are the future of Fukushima" (Dr. Miyahara)


13.03.2013 Thank you very much for your support! (Marketing of Komam Dolls)
Thank you very much for your support! (Marketing of Komam Dolls)

Our events on the 10th and the 11th of March at SEIYU Kichijyoji branch to sell Komam dolls were a great success. We send our thanks to the customers who bought the dolls and SEIYU Kichijyoji branch in supporting our event.

Click here to look at the report


12.03.2013 Hahatoko Tohoku Project starts! (Hahatoko means mother and child)

Senshu kai has started "Egao no Mori Project" (Smiling Forest Project) with a wish that everyone is able to find at least one little happiness everyday, as even a very small happiness, when combined together may fill the day with smiles.

Within this, "Hahatoko Tohoku Project", is supporting J'espère 's support activities.

Press release

We hope to see many smiles of the mothers…

Hahatoko smile support (Parenting workshop support activity) has gifted many presents to the charity Kosodate ship and Manmaruwho are supporting the mother and child victims living in the costal area of Iwate pref.

They are planning to deliver the gifts through Workshops and when visiting the mothers directly at their homes. We hope that there will be more smiles for the mums!

Smile Support Festival! In Ishinomaki

We are holding a "Hand craft event" together with Baby Smile Ishinomaki. In this event, we will have handcraft kits gifted from Senshu kai so that the mums will be able to have fun making things together. Mums in the Ishinomaki area, please look forward to it!

Senshu kai x SEKIYURIO Kakehashi Okurumi Project (okurumi is a type of clothing for babies)

For the babies who will be born in the disaster area, Okurumi designed by designer SEKIYURIO is gifted. Kakehashi Okurumi



10.03.2013 Disaster Area NOW…

Today, makes two years since the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. Here is a report of what is happening in the Disaster Area NOW by J'espère.



10.03.2013 We will be selling dolls at SEIYU Kichijyoji branch.
Date and Time: Sunday 10th and 11th March. 10:00 to 18:00
Place: JR Kichijyoji Station SEIYU Kichijyoji branchi. 1st floor.
View the event poster.

There are no large shops let alone a shop where you can buy goods for children in Ofunato and Rikuzentakaka city in Iwate Pref. People here need to travel 30 km to 70 km away to towns such as Kisennuma or Hanamaki city in order to purchase things for children.

People who are living in the temporary housing are the people who lost everything by Tsunami. They are brining up children and thinking about their future while having to think about how they can start to make a living from scratch together with huge financial and emotional pressures.

We have decided to gift these wooden dolls (Komam Doll) for such mothers and children with a hope to give some enjoyment in their everyday life. Wooden toys are hard to come by and we believe the natural texture of the wood will make great toys for the babies too.

The toys will be given directly by the midwives and it will accompany a personal message from the buyer.

If you would like to buy the dolls for yourself, we will use the profit to support activities.

seiyu

SEIYU is also holding a donation box for "Tohoku Kosodate Project" at the till, where you can also show your support.



09.03.2013 Yomiuri Newspaper - Musashino – has reported our work.

On 9th of March, our support activity has been reported in Yomiuri Newspaper as "Sending heart warming doll gifts to the disaster area"

We will be selling Komam Dolls with a help of SEIYU Kichijyoji branch.

Original Newspaper article



19.02.2013 "Tohoku Kosodate Letter" Vol 6 (Kosodate means parenting)
13.02.2013 J'espère receive an award!
13.02.2013 J'espère receive an award!

J'espère has been awarded a "Mirai award" by "Parenting projects to strengthen our future" by Sumitomo Seimei (Mirai means the future).

This project, run by Sumitomo Seimei has two main areas in raising public awareness; "Recognition of parenting support activities" and " Support towards mothers in academia" through which they support healthy parenting and formation of positive future.

"Recognition of parenting support activities" – Here individuals, charities and organisations running projects to support healthy parenting specific to the needs of the area and the people are reported and introduced to the wider public. This aims to support such activities and contribute towards wider distribution of such activities.

On the 4th of February, the awards ceremony was held at Hotel New Otani and winners of the awards gathered together from all over Japan. Two organisations received the "Mirai Grand Award" and ten organisations received the "Mirai Award"

J'espère 's work; " An activity supporting mothers and babies who are victims in the disaster area though using the network of midwives" was recognised and awarded.

We aim to continue our work in support of mother and child victims in the year 2013. This award was a great encouragement. Our work is made possible only through everyone's support. We would like to express our gratitude again towards individuals, organisations and companies who have given us donations and supported us in our work. Thank you very much for all your support.



09.02.2013 Red Oni* Amulet at Soma Josanin, Soma city Fukushima pref.

(* Oni is a God/demon/spirit figure, which can be good or bad. Oni is part of the seasonal ceremony called Setsubun in February where people throw soya beans to invite good/happiness and shake off bad/misfortune from homes and people)

This photo on the right is the "Red Oni Amulet" made of origami by midwife Miyahara in Soma city, Fukushima pref. We distributed this amulet in the Setsubun festival in the workshops and it is to be displayed at the entrance.



09.02.2013 Inside the Breast feeding workshop "Mummy Pai x 2"

Midwife Iwasa has sent us some photos of the workshop! Using cushions as futons, the babies are enjoying the massage!



01.01.2013 Breastfeeding workshop "Mummy Pai x 2" website is up!

Hello, my name is Akemi Iwasa. I have been a midwife for the last 22 years as well as being a mum of three. Hence I have learned a lot through my own mistakes and experiences of breastfeeding and parenting, which I would like to share with mothers and the rest of the families. Let us bring up a human being who can love fellow human beings. Parenting responsibility continues until the child grows up to have his/her own family, so why not have fun with it too!

Breastfeeding workshop "Mummy Pai x 2" website



25.12.2012 Kosodate ship Christmas Party.

On 18th of December in Ofunato, Kosodate ship held a Christmas party in Camellia Hall. (54 mothers with children attended the party)

On 25th December in Rikuzentakata, Kosodate ship held a Christmas party in Yonezaki Community Center (25 mothers with children attended the party)

Kosodate ship HP (Link to photos)

Kosodate ship Christmas Party.
12/18 Ofunato
Kosodate ship Christmas Party.
25.12 Rikuzentakata


25.12.2012 Baby Smile Ishinomaki Christmas Party

On the Christmas day, Baby Smile has held a Christmas party at Kouyou Community Center in Ishinomaki. 90 mothers with children attended the party, which made a total of over 190 people including our staff. It was a great party!



25.12.2012 Christmas Party at Soma and Shinchi, Fukushima pref.

A Christmas party was held on the 13th December at Shinchi Sports hall and on 20th December at Soma Chuo Jidou Center.

Fukushima Pref. Midwives Association – Hisai Boshi Shien Jigyou (Soma Josanjyo Tayori)


13.12 Shinchi Sports hall

20.12 Soma Chuo Jidou Center.


08.11.2012 Asahi News Paper has reported our activity.
08.11.2012 Asahi News Paper has reported our activity.

On the 8th of November, Asahi Newspaper's section "My View" (Watashi no shiten) told the story of Shoko So's aid activity.

In this section she commented " We have been receiving aids from companies such as SEIYU as well as donations from individuals but money alone does not lead to success in parenting aid projects. The most important part is the thoughtfulness towards pregnant women, mothers and babies coming from each individual in the community. Aid activity towards pregnant women and mothers leads to the recovery of society and a nurturing of the next generation also, hence it is one of the most important aspect that we all need to consider strongly" (Shoko So)

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23.10.2012 " Manmaru Festival" in Hanamaki city, Iwate pref.

We had our annual festival "Manmaru Matsuri" on Sunday 14th October where we were blessed with a sunny day too.

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16.10.2012 An event notice from Ito from MIJO, Miyagi pref.

As a part of 2012 Miyagi prefecture Midwives Activity Distribution work, there will be an event to raise awareness of safety in delivery. Through attending the event, we hope to give everyone related to the birth experience reassurance towards the birth also.

We hope that many pregnant women and their families as well as health professionals working with mothers and children will be able to join us for this event.

Date & Time: Saturday 17th November 2012. From 12:30
Place: Seminar Hall at El Park Sendai
For: Pregnant women and women wishing to be pregnant, family members expecting an arrival of a baby. We welcome attendance with children also.
Cost: Free of charge. There will be a little gift for pregnant women (a stretch mark prevention cream is planned)
Host: General Community Cooperation Miyagi Pref. Midwives Association.
Supported by: NGO JOICEF

Contact & Booking: Fax form or Email miyagisanba@gmail.com

* Please look at our poster (pdf) for more details.


05.10.2012 J'espère and Kosodate-ship's aid work has been documented on TV!
NEWS Answer LIVES Archive

On the above day, the last day of a TV Tokyo program called; NEWS Answer: Supporting Parenting, the work of Kosodate-ship of Ofunato city (Workshops and Visiting support service) was taken up. Representative of Tohoku Kosodate (Parenting) Project, Shoko So talked about the details of the aid projects and the necessity of aid work in the disaster area.

* To view the program online please visit

NEWS Answer LIVES Archive



27.08.2012 Activity of Kosodate-ship (Home Visiting Support) has been documented.

On 27th Aug, Kosodate-ship (Home Visiting Support) has been documented in "Kurashi" (Living/life) section in the Yomiuri News paper.

Ms Ito, a representative of Kosodate-ship, says, "The mothers are constantly making an effort to bring up babies in a difficult living situations full of compromises. They really need people who are there to listen" "There must be many who are unable to even attend our workshops" hence we have started visiting them in their homes since May 2012.

Representative of J'espère, Shoko So appeals, " For the mothers living in the disaster area to be able to bring up their children with feeling of security, there must be continuous support"
We are accepting donations from SEIYU casher donation box and from this website.

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07.08.2012 Aid activity; " Commune with Josanshi (Midwives)" has been documented.
CANPAN NEWS

On 7th August, "Commune with Josanshi" has been documented on the section; "Notice board for Aid Work; note of a reporter" in Yomiuri Newspaper. The motto of the staff is "Let's be the sun of the mothers"

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19.07.2012 We welcome you in Tokyo to have your baby. Antenatal, labour and postnatal support.

J'espère supports pregnant women and new mothers who has evacuated to Tokyo on their own accord from the disaster area. Please contact the representatives of J'espère, Shoko So who will personally listen to your situation, related to pregnancy, birth and postnatal support and direct you to the best option for you in Tokyo.

If there are people who have evacuated from Fukushima pref. (including when done of their own accord) please contact Shoko So who is also a midwife and runs her own midwifery clinic.

We are able to introduce pregnant women who are the victims of the disasters to various clinics, university hospitals and general hospitals who will accept them at low cost, within the national insurance limit (around 420 thousand yen for labour) for labour and postnatal care. Of course Matsugaoka Josanin is also accepting such pregnant women within the insurance limit.

Please be aware that well-known hospitals with obstetrics unit in Tokyo will cost 650 thousand yen to 800 thousand yen and some will cost one million yen for you to go through labour there, which is a very large sum of money to be covered personally, especially for those who have evacuated separately, away from their husbands, who remained at home, hence covering the double cost of living. We also welcome for those in need of postnatal support.

Please do get in touch if you also know someone in the above situation who could benefit from our help.

Contact details.


26.06.2012 Tohoku Kosodate (Parenting) Project has been selected as the receiver of SEIYU Aid towards Community Service Activities year 2012.

Other than the aid we will be receiving from SEIYU, we have also been selected as the charity to hold "Casher Donation Box" in every SEIYU branch. Donations collected from the SEIYU donation boxes will be used for support aid work, such as parental counselling and home visit services towards mother victims living in the costal disaster area.

See press release

Donation box at SEIYU cashers will be open from the 1st July. Light blue cards are for "Tohoku Kosodate (Parenting) Project". You can take this card with your shopping to the casher and make donation. We hope your warm support and thoughts are with us when shopping at SEIYU

Link to SEIYU "Program for Community Service Activity Year 2012"

Photo Left: Mr Kaneyama from SEIYU, Right: Shoko So (from a press release on 26th June)