Church relief activities following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan have relied in large part upon volunteers from all over Japan and foreign countries recruited and coordinated by Caritas Japan.
The work of the volunteers has so far been largely, though not solely, focused upon cleanup efforts.
Volunteers from a Caritas base camp at the church in Kamaishi go to nearby communities like Kirikiri to clean houses for elderly residents overwhelmed by the task of clearing muck, broken glass and ruined furnishings from homes that were inundated by the tsunami but remain more or less inhabitable.
A crew that had cleared one home was asked by neighbors if something could be done for their garden, so a crew spent two days getting it ready for replanting.
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