The Fruit Tree Project – Kesennuma, Day 1

Minami with the AMAZING people at Sasaki Seikatan in Honjo

April 29, 2011 – Today was a BIG day for us!  Day 1 of The Fruit Tree Project!  It was a LONG day, but definitely felt nice to be down there and getting fruit to the people in the shelters.  Our first load was picked up in Honjo from the lovely couple at Sasaki Seikatan!  We took down ~1,344 bananas and they donated  ~ 144 apples (the sweetest folks ever).  The fruit deliveries went smoothly, but we found out that there were about 650 people who didn’t live in the shelters, but still came for food.  We planned to provide fruit for about 930 people initially, but we adjusted our budget so that we could provide a piece of fruit for everyone who depended on the shelters for food.  At the last shelter, we ran into an NBC news crew who were excited to hear about our story and what we were doing.  They interviewed us and took some footage of us delivering fruit.  The whole crew seemed very supportive of our efforts and told us it should air stateside as soon as things settle down in the news out there.  It would be HUGE exposure if we could make it on the news, so hoping for the best.  After all the deliveries, we paid a visit to our local fruit source to order the next days batch of fresh fruit.  Then Doug and I found a big parking lot/road station to shack up for the night, located about 10-15 minutes outside of central Kesennuma.

– Paul

4月29日金曜日、いよいよ今日がフルーツツリープロジェクトの初日。
初日は本荘にある佐々木青果店さんからバナナ16箱を購入する為に8時前にお店へ行きました。この日は祝日だったのでお店がお休みだったのにもかかわらず、私たちの為に開けて下さいました。さらにリンゴ4箱を寄付して頂きました!本当にありがとうございます!こちらの青果店はすごく素敵なご夫婦が経営されています。これからもお世話になりたいと思っています!
私は仕事の為この後気仙沼へは行くことができませんでしたが、ポールとダグラスがひとまず二人で最初のデリバリーに行きました。デリバリーはとてもスムーズに出来たそうですが、避難所で新たな事実を知ることに。避難所には自宅退避している方々も食事の為だけに来ているとのこと。よって、当初想定していたフルーツよりもかなり多くの量が必要だということが判明しました。この日は購入したバナナの他に寄付して頂いたリンゴがあったのですべて賄うことが出来たそうです。良かった!
最後の3つ目の避難所にフルーツを届けに行った時、アメリカのテレビNBCニュースの取材班に出くわしたそうです。彼らはこのプロジェクトにすごく興味を示し、取材をして下さいました。
その後二人は気仙沼から少し離れたお店で翌日のフルーツを注文した後、近くのパーキングスポットで一晩すごしました。

– Minami

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One Comment on “The Fruit Tree Project – Kesennuma, Day 1”

  1. […] Golden week here in Japan is basically several national holidays that almost line up to provide a weeklong holiday at the start of May. It is a very popular time of the year for travel and cherry blossom viewing. This year many people decided to give up their time and volunteer on the east coast. Here at volunteerAKITA we took groups to two locations: Miyako and Kessennuma. […]


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