Nozomi Project Blog

Thank you, volunteers!

Nozomi Project would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have come and volunteered with us in Ishinomaki. Your willingness to come and serve by picking up dirty, broken pottery, washing and sorting it, carrying it to and from various locations, bringing supplies from the U.S., coming to teach, help, encourage our staff, serving as a Nozomi partner, purchasing and giving Nozomi products, serving as a host for our staff, writing notes, sharing the Nozomi story, and praying for each staff and our families -- we are so grateful. You have extended hope to us! Please tag your name and/or the names of people you know who have come and served with us. Seeing the list of names will be a wonderful reminder of the beauty that comes from brokenness.

Reflections from a Nozomi mom...

"At the time of the disaster, my children were still small. In the days that followed, even a small earthquake would make them very frightened.  Recently, however, smiles are coming out and they are discovering themselves again. My oldest daughter, Y., says that she wants to rcount 3/11 to younger children so that no one forgets... "(cont'd below)


"For me, Nozomi Project is truly a happy location for me. Before now in the places I worked, I would often think 'Idon’t want to go.'  There are many types of working women relationships in other workplaces, but here at Nozomi Project we form friendships in our working relationships.  Following the disaster and before finding work, my body shuddered at the smallest earthquake and my stress piled up, but after starting at Nozomi Project, my stress was able to find an outlet. Nozomi Project is a very happy place for me."


Tomomi: Reflections on Five Years

Over the coming days, we are going to share with you reflections from our staff approaching the five year anniversary of the triple disasters.  We are grateful for each of these women who are willing to share their hearts to help friends around the world better understand the perspectives, feelings, and challenges of survivors of something so devastating. 


Tomomi is one of our necklace makers.  We have just released a new amazing ring named after her daughter, Coco (photo of Tomomi and Coco above). Here is what she shared: 

"Many things were lost in the disaster, precious people were lost; and those things were terrible. But it was because of the disaster that I have learned so many things and gained many irreplaceable friendships."  



Please hope with us!