Japan: Renovation of Nursery in Contaminated Area.
- Council / Country : Japan
- Holder organisation : National Council of japan
- Field of work : Health
- Budget : 130 000 €
- Year commenced : 2013
- Beneficiaries : Children
- Partners : Caritas Singapour
On 11 March 2011, a nuclear disaster caused by an earthquake followed by a tsunami devastated the region of Fukushima. Due to radiation leaks from the damaged reactors, thousands of people were evacuated within a 20-kilometre radius. Beyond this perimeter, the people that remained have seen their lives severely affected by the continual threat of the risk of contamination.
In Sayuri, a small town 33km from the Plant, children’s lives are severely restricted. They are forbidden from playing outside so as to avoid contact with possible radioactive substances in the ground. The nursery, which was not prepared for these circumstances, has benefitted from a renovation project with the aim of building an interior playground. This includes a sandpit and climbing frame within the actual building, thus allowing children to have fun and play without risk. It is also planned to chop down the Himalayan cedar trees that grow around the school which are contaminated with radioactive substances.
In order to finance the project, the SSVP National Council of Japan has received a donation of €100,000 from Caritas Singapore, which the CIAD has complemented by providing an additional €30,000.