A total of approximately 400 children currently live in the 13 temporary housing complexes in Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture. Having lost their homes, friends and relatives in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, these children have suffered devastating loss. Play time is a vital aspect of children’s emotional stability and healthy growth, but with cars driving through the complexes and a lack of open spaces or playgrounds in which to play, these children cannot get enough exercise.
March 14th, 2012 – Children play on the newly installed playground. (Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture)
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) has started installing playground equipment at temporary housing complexes to provide places for children to exercise and release the stress built up from staying indoors all the time.