Singapore Red Cross delivers S$28m of relief and rebuilding projects in Tohoku Region, Japan
Singapore, 17 March 2012 - One year after the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) has to date, delivered S$28 million worth of relief and rebuilding projects from donations raised through its public appeal. This is 80 percent of the S$35 million raised.
While the SRC is charting progress with the remaining projects, today’s groundbreaking of the community hall is the single largest rebuilding project in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate. At S$11 million (700 million yen), the hall will rally the local community, marking a new phase in the redevelopment and rejuvenation of Rikuzentakata City.
The SRC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with officials from Iwate Prefecture and Rikuzentakata City, were on-site to mark the start of its construction, which is expected to be completed by end 2013. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and Home Affairs, Mr Masagos Zulkifli was the Guest-of-Honour at the groundbreaking ceremony.
In the next two days, SRC representatives will meet with Japanese officials to finalise the details of two additional projects to improve the lives of survivors and restore normalcy – a community centre in Soma City, Fukushima and a nursery in Shichigahama Town, Miyagi. (Please refer to Annex A for more details on these projects.) With the completion of these projects in 2013, the SRC would have discharged all the donations raised via the Japan Disaster 2011 appeal.
Singaporeans have contributed generously to the Japan Disaster appeal, and the donations have enabled the SRC to fulfil critical needs urgently, as well as to embark on the long term recovery projects to rebuild communities and touch lives.
"We have chosen infrastructure projects with lasting impact – a nursery for the young, a care centre for the elderly, community halls which double up as evacuation centres and all these reflect our people’s concern for the survivors. We remain steadfast to our commitment to improve the lives of those affected, and will press on in the delivery of these projects,” affirmed Mr Tee Tua Ba, Chairman of the SRC.
Appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the lead agency to coordinate Singapore’s relief efforts to Japan, the SRC has to date received S$35.7 million, in response to its public appeal to assist survivors. This includes S$500,000 from the Singapore Government. (Please refer to Annex B for the chronological outline of SRC’s response to the disaster.)
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