Qatar Friendship Fund is continuing to fund projects that will assist communities affected by the 2011 Tsunami. Read on to find out about our newly announced projects.
Qatar Friendship Fund was recently delighted to announce four new projects, which will greatly assist communities in the years ahead. These included a science facility for children; community sporting facilities; and fishery storage facility, were the result of a public call for projects, and the fourth project, was developed through partnership with not for profit organization, will offer support and advice to upcoming entrepreneurs.
Fukushima prefecture was especially hit hard, and in Shirakawa City, 180 kilometers from Tokyo, a project involving a Sports Centre, Stadium and Gymnasium will receive vital funding from Qatar Friendship Fund.
Following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the local gymnasium in Shirakawa was used as a refuge centre for those fleeing. Two years after the disaster, Shirakawa, which is the gateway to the Tohoku region, will soon enjoy new sporting facilities to help reinvigorate the city and surrounding communities in a spirit of hope.
The ‘Shirakawa Dream - Qatar Sports Park’, will benefit up to 150,000 people of all ages in Shirakawa city and the surrounding regions. During a meeting with the QFF team, The Mayor of Shirakawa City shared how the city had suffered and many of its citizens are still living in temporary housing. The mayor highlighted how this project will provide critical health benefits and the importance of sports and exercise for the well being of the community.
‘QFF Science Complex’, a children’s science facility, proposed by Tohoku University, will provide students in disaster- affected areas the opportunity to fuel their interest in science and the manufacturing technology. The project will provide educational support to elementary and junior high-school children in Miyagi Prefecture.
The fishery industry is crucial for economic regeneration in areas affected by the Tsunami. A new project in partnership with Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) will revitalize the fishing industry in Sanirku area. This project will include the construction of a fish storage facility in Karakuwa-cho, Kesennuma, Miyagi and will provide assistance in developing the marketing skills of local fisherman.
Prior to the Tsunami, approximately 80% of households in Karakuwa-cho were engaged in work related to the fishing industry. The effects of the Tsunami were devastating and this project will be invaluable in regenerating the industry. The project will support local fisherman with increased income opportunities; provide employment; and in the long-term revitalize the town and surrounding areas. This project is expected to benefit 330 people directly and 746 fishing households indirectly.
Business rehabilitation is also at the heart of a newly funded project called ‘Qatar Tohoku Innovators Platform’ (QTIP) in partnership with IMPACT Foundation Japan. The project encourages and equips entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs of Tohoku to play a key role in regional regeneration through a globally connected network of start-up communities.
QTIP will provide a platform for entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to play a key role in the creation of new businesses, which would be the driving force of regional revitalization in Tohoku district. Various entrepreneurial supports such as world-class mentors, curricula, prototyping tools, a diverse peer community and real world projects are provided through a globally connected network.
QTIP will serve as an important, long-term catalyst for ecosystem development in the region, mapping, connecting and supporting existing efforts, and working together to identify and fill the gaps.
The Tohoku center will be located in the east part of Sendai City inside the Creative Industries Cluster Zone, a forward-thinking incentive program promoted by Sendai City. QTIP has received full support from the city as it directly responds to core needs and is a knowledge-based initiative that will fuel the local economy. Over a five-year period approximately 118,865 people are expected to benefit directly.
Following the announcement of the projects, H.E. Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al-Attiyah, Qatari Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said
“We are delighted to announce these four new projects and in doing so assist in building lives and reshaping the future. These steps reflect the vision of H.H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar and H.H. the Emir Father, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani. The work of Qatar Friendship Fund is a symbol of the friendship between our two nations and we are committed to assisting as many beneficiaries as possible in meaningful and sustainable ways. The QFF team looks forward to visiting Tohoku again and witnessing more positive milestones.”