Jan Willem van Poortvliet, Dutch volunteer living in TokyoPosted: May 17, 2011
After a week of tough work in the houses and streets of Ishinomaki, I feel extremely satisfied.
Compared to the total amount of mud, debris and devastation it is hardly anything that our group achieved, but for the people whose homes we cleaned, where we made sidewalks accessible again or making gutters or sewers flow again we did a great job.
Moreover, the joint work with our group but also the joint spirit of the whole Peace Boat corps made it a very worthwhile experience.
I am seriously considering to go to help Ishinomaki one more week, since the people in this area really need our support badly. And at the end of the week I really started to appreciate the gymnastic exercises in the morning!