Emergency Reliefs

Support Project in Indonesia, Sulawesi damaged by Earthquake and Tsunami

Starting a reliable radio station to support disaster affected areas
On September 28, 2018, a magnitude 7.4 earthquake with its epicenter in Sulawesi, Indonesia, caused more than 2,000 casualties. We began a project to support the launching and operation of a community radio station to provide a means of conveying information on individuals’ safety and evacuation information to the community.
BHN carried out this project in partnership with the FMYY.
Locally, we received strong support from Karawana Village, from the JRKI, and from the SKP-HAM.
To an area including four villages in Sigi Regency, where 210,000 people were forced to evacuate, we provided the necessary equipment, broadcasting technology, and training for radio broadcasting. We promptly transmitted information contributing to disaster prevention and mitigation through continuous radio broadcasts run by the residents themselves, as well as providing content that promoted amusement and relaxation.
A radio broadcast service area was formed in the area within 5 kilometers of Karawana Village Hall. In the area, we secured a reception clarity level at which radio broadcasts can be heard clearly.
A grand ceremony was held to mark the beginning of this community radio broadcast, which was named “TUTURA.”

Western Japan Heavy Rain Relief and Support Project

The torrential rain that occurred in western Japan on July 6, 2018, caused tremendous human and residential damage throughout the western Japan region, especially in Hiroshima, Okayama and Ehime prefectures. BHN selected Hiroshima prefecture for support project area, opened BHN Hiroshima office and Fukuyama office.
BHN opens BHN PC corners at the meeting rooms of temporary housing estates built in Kure city and Saka town (BHN Hiroshima office) and in Mihara city (BHN Fukuyama office), and supports their community development activities, such as periodical traveling technical consultations and small PC training courses.
Based on our experiences in the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Kumamoto Earthquake and other disasters, BHN takes an initiative to provide assistances that emphasize ICT practical use, such as placing many local ICT specialists for PC training courses and engaging in the work of sending, receiving and sharing information, as much as possible in partnership with the disaster victims.


Hokkaido Earthquake Victim Support Project

Around 3:08 AM on September 6, 2018, an earthquake occurred with its epicenter in the Iburi region of Hokkaido, and strong tremors struck throughout Hokkaido, with seismic intensities in the upper 6s to 7 observed in the towns of Atsuma, Mukawa and Abira.
Many people suffered damage when a large-scale landslide occurred in Atsuma Town and the collapse of houses caused many deaths, injuries and missing persons in the prefecture. The earthquake also caused temporary blackouts at 2.95 million households throughout Hokkaido, greatly affecting citizens’ lives and economic activities. That’s where BHN came in.
From November 2018 to February 2019, we were entrusted with a JPF grant project and began our assistance activities.
Abira and Mukawa. We made them usable by anyone via those Wi-Fi connections, and for three months beginning in December 2018, held “computer study groups” in the lounges of the temporary housing units.
No community association has yet been formed in the temporary housing, and the community ties that will drive reconstruction are still weak.
In fiscal 2019, in addition to continuing the computer study groups held in fiscal 2018 as technical consultation meetings, we also held a community salon (tea party) four times a month to promote community solidarity.


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