A tremendously powerful earthquake hit eastern Japan on March 11, 2011 followed by massive tsunami. About 19,000 people died and/or were missing.
The triple meltdowns at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant broke out in a few days which turned many people out from their own hometowns.
Sendai Diocese Support Center (SDSC) was set up immediately and started the operation to support the victims. It was in April 2011 that the Archdiocese of Tokyo set up Catholic Tokyo Volunteer Center (CTVC) to collaborate with SDSC in the support activities. While working with local Catholic churches, CTVC had continued over the past ten years sending volunteers to the devastated areas, mainly in the southern part of Miyagi and various areas of Fukushima prefectures.
As was the policy of the Catholic Church in Japan, its support was to be given for ten years. Accordingly, Catholic Tokyo Volunteer Center terminated its activities on March 11, 2021.
Words cannot express enough our heartfelt gratitude to all those who joined in our activities in many different ways.