Azubi Day Care Center for Elderly, Japan

11 September 2013

Azubi (meaning “where people get together”) opened in the central part of Noda Village, where the tsunami washed away most of the buildings 2 years before. The dream of opening Azubi has finally come true after 3 years of planning and struggling with the disaster. In December 2009, Noda Village commissioned Japan Workers’ Co-operative Union (JWCU) to provide a training program to become care workers. The graduates of this program, now worker-members themselves, launched a community welfare centre in August 2010, providing care-worker training and community assessments while preparing to launch a day care centre. It was in the middle of the planning phase when the disaster hit Tohoku region in March 2011. The members lost their homes and needed to rebuild their lives. In July 2011, they decided to launch a gathering place for relatively healthy older people “Salon Azubi” while utilizing a public emergency fund to create employment. While they had struggled to find a good location for Salon Azubi, because the tsunami had washed away most of the buildings, they managed to start the program in September 2011. And now, finally, the dream of opening a day care center has come true.


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