Children with disabilities in Fukushima have been making the most of seven new playgrounds installed in the prefecture, as the Qatar Friendship Fund’s ‘Building a Healthy Community for All’ project continues to take shape.
The new play areas represent the last of 23 indoor and outdoor facilities to be constructed in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, and have been designed to complement dedicated library spaces being introduced in the region. As a joint initiative with the Association for Aid and Relief Japan, the new facilities will hopefully go some way towards restoring smiles to the faces of children living in communities affected by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011. The project has already reached out to more than 200,000 people across the Tohoku region.
Several community events have also been held in conjunction with the project’s aim of helping to reconstruct the social and cultural fabric of local communities, including a traditional folk concert held in Iwate Prefecture. This has been achieved alongside needs assessments in anticipation of a series of planned gardening activities, while more than 700 people accessed rehabilitation and counselling services provided across the three prefectures. Health check-ups in Rikuzentakata City and ongoing activities that will see a mobile clinic established at Morioka Municipal Hospital complete a busy period for QFF. The mobile clinic will assist in early treatment of economy class syndrome and disuse syndrome that are often associated with the physical and psychosocial effects of inactivity.
The ‘Building a Healthy Community for All’ project is an US$5.7 million initiative funded by QFF.