While supporting the immediate relief-supply needs of small communities affected by the triple disaster on 11 March, 2011, Team Sake is actively building up relationships and creating networks. In the process, as we see the vision of the future drawn from the villagers' hopes and ideas, we send it throughout the world on the internet, recruiting further assistance, to help bring these visions closer to realization. Providing such things as personnel (volunteer manpower), commodities, technical skills, and information, many people coming from across the nation, and indeed the globe, are able to use this website to assist survivors in whichever ways they themselves choose. This process in itself is considered to be the most encouraging and sustainable way of offering both short-term and long-term support for the villagers.

Oct 11, 2011

Progress Meeting will be held on Oct.20th

Thank you for your cooporation.
Sorry,using Japanese language mainly, but if you don't matter, please join our meeting.

Date: 2011/10/20
Time: 19:00~21:00
Place: Kawai-Juku Kyoto-School classroom 303
Contents: About Funakoshi,Baba-Nakayama,Osawa,and our activities of
selling handmaid goods or seeweeds from those area.

Team SAKE Ito Shingo

Aug 7, 2011

Team Sake Diary: Niranohama Village

Villagers’ needs


The Niranohama Lion Dance is appointed as one of the village's cultural assets. During the early Showa period (mid-twentieth century), an old man paid a visit to Atago Shrine on one of the village hills. Soon after, he felt a strange presence and saw a shining-eyed lion. Though he was very surprised, he went up close to have a look at it. It turned out to be the hunched up root of an old pine tree. He took it home and made a lion’s head from it. Since then, the people in Niranohama have been performing the lion dance at shrine festivals as an offering to exorcize spirits, and to pray for their families’ safety and good harvests.

There used to be about 70 households in Niranohama, yet half of them were wiped out on March 11. Villagers have been evacuating to still-existing homes. At the moment, nine villagers are staying at the local leader’s house.

Since they hadn’t received enough support from the government or private groups, they were extremely happy to see us coming to visit them. Relief goods are in short supply, in particular there is a great lack of basic daily goods. Electricity is not yet available, so they’re in need of lanterns with solar panels. Deliveries of relief supplies have not yet reached the village and there is no gasoline, so they are unable to use surviving vehicles to drive elsewhere to find them. They desperately need these basic relief goods. 

One of the three Team 5 Mission groups, comprised of five members, visited Funakoshi village in Ogatsu Peninsula. We went there to meet a villager we had met on the previous visit but couldn’t find the person. We should have asked for contact details at the time.

After that, we headed to Naburi village which we had been unable to visit the last time as there had been no way in then. When we got there, some local men were doing restoration work in the port. We went towards the upper elevations of the village so as not to disturb their work. Then, we met an old man named Mr. Shimizu who was taking a walk with his grandchild. He told us some stories.

The village is now trying to consolidate sea routes but almost all the boats were wiped out by tsunami waves. He was evacuated to the Osu Primary School and had just come back to his own house to clean it when we saw him. There’s no electricity supply yet so he can’t live in his own house. He loves fishing and had been enjoying abalone fishing in his retirement when the disaster struck.

If he moves out of the village he’ll lose his fishing license for the area, so he had hoped he could continue to live in Niranohama. However, he has decided to move to Yamagata Prefecture on May 13. When the earthquake occurred, he was driving so he was able to survive. Soon after, the roads were cut off and he had to walk home. He finally got there two days after the earthquake.

His family had been really worried about him for those two days, and so were surprised to see him when he came home. We gave him some rice wine (sake) and some Kyoto sweets for his grandchild.

After saying goodbye to Shimizu-san, we visited Sato-san in Niranohama whom we had met last time. The electricity had returned to some homes, but not all. Though random goods are now arriving daily, the water supply still hasn’t come through.

Donated Relief Goods, Sato-san’s house

There is an active volunteer group coming here who provide baths. This happens every three days and usually about 40 villagers come to bathe. Onodera-san, who had been staying with Sato-san last time we visited them, was no longer there. We were told that he had moved out after getting an electric generator. We asked Sato-san if there were enough basic supplies and goods. He said he’d been receiving enough goods to survive. It was impressive to hear him repeatedly praising “the spirit of mutual cooperation. ”

Team Sake Diary: Koharagi Village

Villagers’ needs

We first visited Koharagi on April 19. The Koharagi Junior High School has become an evacuation centre for 190 evacuees comprising 70 family units, who previously resided in Osawa area (a settlement of 4 villages). During the daytime, able-bodied people leave for work but about 40 to 50 people, mainly the old and children, still stay behind. This evacuation center is run by the villagers’ association and also holds information on all the villagers who were able to return to their homes. As such, the supply of relief goods has been well organized. We talked to one of the ladies in charge and also to the leader’s wife, and asked them what was still most needed there.

Transportation is still the problem. It would be better if there were buses available for villagers to go shopping. They also need summer clothes for the upcoming hot season. Besides Team Sake, some other volunteer groups have also been supplying goods. In this community, they have made a list of such volunteer groups for the future in case they get less support in order to keep connections. With information lines cut, there is also no means for them to know what is going on in other villages. They kindly gave us some sweet sake (amazake) and we gave them knitting kits in return.

Karakuwa Community Hall in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture

On May 6, the Team 5 Mission visited Koharagi Junior High School. We were able to talk with the mothers of some of the baseball team members. Five students were affected by the disaster because their uniforms were lost. Sportswear would be appreciated for these children so that they may practice baseball. They are not sure what happened to their spiked shoes either, so the mothers said they will find out, and get back to us if they also require donations of shoes. One of them also said that her high school-aged son also lost his Kendo uniform and bamboo sword in the tsunami. We assume that it is hard for the evacuees to ask for private or personal things that they are in need of. We have to discuss how to support them properly in these areas.

On June 6, we received a call from the villagers staying at the Koharagi Junior High School and were informed of the current situation. This is what they said: “Thank you very much for sending us supply goods. Some evacuees have been able to move to apartment complexes and the number of people staying here has been decreasing. However, about 40 to 50 people are still here as they did not win any rooms in the lottery. There is a plan to build temporary housing on the playing grounds of the local Junior High School.

Before the rainy season comes, we would like to start washing blankets. Even though we’ve been receiving enough laundry detergent, we don’t have any fabric softener. Sorry to keep asking Team Sake for donations, but you are very kind and it’s easy to ask you for such a favor. Please know that we really appreciate your support. ”

Villagers gather every Sunday to discuss how to reconstruct the village but they are still in need of long-term support. We’re glad that villagers in Koharagi feel free to ask favors from Team Sake. We would like to keep such this relationship going with them into the future.

The Trip 8 Mission revisited Koharagi, Karakuwa Peninsula on June 16. We headed to the Koharagi Junior High School Evacuation Center in Kesennuma City. We have been staying at the Koharagi Junior High School Evacuation Center along with the evacuees from the Osawa settlement.

When we went inside, some women were knitting with kits Martina Umemura has been sending. They said “Once we have settled down in temporary houses, we will definitely visit Kyoto.” “Without knitting, we wouldn’t have known what to do for the last two months. The other day, Martina-san came here with her family all the way from Kyoto to give us knitting classes. She knitted socks halfway and then let us try knitting the heel parts. It was great fun!”

Martina buys the knitted goods from the Koharagi women and sells them at hand-made markets in Kyoto.

Through the assistance of the Kyoto Center for Climate Action where Mitsuharu Kawate (a Team Sake member) works, bitter gourd (goya) seedlings are being planted as green curtains at temporary houses situated on the grounds of Koharagi Primary School. It will help decrease the temperature of the houses this summer. “Goya Sensei”, a mascot for the Fukuchiyama Environmental Conference, visited Koharagi.

Ryotan Nichinichi Newspaper, June 20, 2011
“Temporary houses with 200 goya seedlings from Fukuchiyama.”
Green Ambassador “Goya Sensei” from Fukuchiyama City is going to visit Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture. He will help plant goya seedlings around the temporary houses in preparation for the upcoming heat this summer.

The seedlings were grown at ESPEC Corporation in Fukuchiyama. The company also prepared planter boxes, 200 seedlings, and 120 bags containing 28 liters each of horticultural soil. The transport of these supplies requires a 2-ton truck.

The plants are going to Koharagi Elementary School in Karakuwa village, Kesennuma City. People are staying in temporary housing on the playing field. There are 5 ridges with 6 housing units each and an assembly hall too. 

In the village where those people were living 140 out of 180 houses were wiped out by the tsunami. Manami Taniguchi from ESPEC Corporation who got there earlier says it is shocking to see the big differences between the quietness of the primary school on the hill and the miserable state of the bay areas. “Seeing villager’s positive attitudes to rebuild their community, I feel very strongly that I should do something for them,” she said.

ESPEC is also donating 30 goya recipe books created by the Fukuchiyama Women’s Association.  

Goya Sensei is going to plant the seedlings with the villagers and employees of the ESPEC Corporation and then visit Minami Sanriku village to join a restoration event.

Ryotan Nichinichi Newspaper, June 25, 2011
“Goya Sensei sends green curtain to Kesennuma City”

A mascot for Fukuchiyama Environmental Conference, Goya Sensei, planted 200 bitter gourd seedlings for the villagers residing in temporary homes in Koharagi. The villagers say that they are looking forward to taking care of them and seeing them grow. They used to live in a fishing hamlet where 140 out of the 180 houses were wiped out by tsunami waves.

It was raining heavily on June 24, yet with the cooperation between Manami Taniguchi, a employee of ESPEC Corporation, and almost all of the villagers from the temporary houses, they were able to finish planting the seedlings in about three hours.

Recipe books and towels were also sent to the villagers. Manami Taniguchi says “This green curtain is just the beginning of our exchange.”

On June 23, the group from Fukuchiyama also visited the Koharagi Children’s Daycare Center in Kesennuma City to give them sunflower seedlings and letters from the Himawari Daycare Center in Izaki, Fukuchiyama.

At the Koharagi Daycare Center, 7 out of 17 children lost their homes and 5 of them are staying at the Koharagi Junior School Evacuation Centre. The children and their parents were happy to receive the gifts.

Team Sake Diary: Kobuchihama Village

Villagers’ needs

On April 12, the Team 3 Mission visited a fishing village called Kobuchihama known for its cultivation of oysters and wakame seaweed. Most of the surviving villagers had evacuated to a big shelter nearby, but about twenty of them are coming back to the village each day, determined to begin reconstruction by themselves. After the first big earthquake had struck, about fifty of the local fishermen went out to sea to protect their boats. When they came back to the land, they were very shocked to see their village completely devastated by the tsunami.

One villager is generating electricity using a private generator. Another couple created a bathtub on the first floor of their devastated home. We gave them all a chain saw the next day (April 13) to help with this kind of work, as well as for cutting firewood and removing the rubble. This tool is a necessity for them to make progress more easily.

They had numerous concerns about their future. They wanted to know more about the situation outside their village, and were seeking other helpful information, especially about Fukushima nuclear power plant and distribution impact because it was so hard to know from the radio alone. They were very happy that we came from Kyoto. One woman said, “I am so happy. Even though I haven’t found one of my relatives yet, I will take one more step.” She thanked us time and again, and welcomed us warmly with coffee and sweets even we had politely declined. We always tell villagers that we are also very thankful for these heart-to-heart connections that make both parties even stronger.

On April 17, when the Team 4 Mission arrived in the village, some villagers were building a temporary house. We gave them sake (rice wine), groceries, towels, electric invertors, and an extension cord amongst other things. It was a very cold day. We also gave everyone there belly-warmer ties (harumaki) and hats which were especially appreciated.

During the Team 4 Mission, Robert Mangold was on the way towards Sanriku area for another volunteer mission, and joined us in Kobuchihama on April 20. (He is an American carpenter living in Kyoto who set up IDRO Japan in March 2011 to assist victims of the triple disaster. He has been collaborating with Team Sake and offering assistance to some of the same areas that Team Sake are supporting.)

When Rob arrived, the villagers were just about to move a bathtub place. His donation of tools including a buzz saw, drill, handsaw, bar, nails, and hammer were much appreciated. His timing was just right! We then listened to the survivors talk about what they had experienced at the time the earthquake and tsunami hit. As it is such an arduous thing for them to talk, it’s very important for us to listen carefully. Once again, we were brought to realize how important it is important for Team Sake to cultivate proper relationships with those we are assisting.

After driving overnight from Kyoto with three drivers on traffic-free roads, we arrived in Kobuchihama again on the afternoon of May 1. Villagers had begun to work together with the target of recommencing wakame seaweed farming in the autumn. Along with some IDRO Japan volunteers, we helped by removing sludge from the main workplace. First, we moved the large machinery into the corner, and then we put the sludge into baskets and took it outside. At the same time, everyone collected scattered fishing tools. As more than a month had passed since the disaster, it smelled very bad, like rotten eggs, because the dredged up seawater had become putrid. We fully immersed ourselves in working together for about three hours, until the water came up close at high tide. Because the Oshika Peninsula sank 1.2m after the earthquake, the high tide has started to come even further up onto the land. There were still many cracks in the coastal road.

At night, we talked with the boss, Shacho-san, who is a leader of the fishermen, and his wife, Oka-san. He told us, “We thought about how we could repay your kindness, your great support after the earthquake. Then we realized that it could only be through the recovery of Kobuchihama. There was a moment right after the earthquake when I wanted to quit all my work. But after I met everyone from Team Sake, it brought out feelings that made me want to keep striving ahead. I really appreciate you all.”

On previous visits, they had been continually inviting us to share meals, use the bath and stay over there, but we had declined the offer each time. This time we declined the offer the first time, but when they asked us again we decided to stay. We were amazed by their hospitability. We took a bath in their brand-new bathtub and Oka-san made such a feast of homemade food that we couldn’t even finish it. They even prepared a warm sleeping space with a futon for each of us.

On May 2, we divided into a working team and a visiting team. The working team continued with sludge removal all day, cleaned big refrigerators and made a path through to the second floor. The visiting team went to Osu Elementary School, a shelter in Ogatsu-town. The school remained standing on the hill, but the center of the town was completely devastated. There were enough relief supplies there but they hadn’t been able to put them in order yet. As such, they needed to acquire a lot of big plastic boxes to deal with sorting things out, making them accessible to use, and for re-transportation. Takahashi-san, who is one of the core members running the shelter, said, “We most appreciate your long-term support in a single place. It’s hard to ask a volunteer who has just come here for the first time to do a lot of the things required, but with you, we can talk to the same people that we know and feel safe with.” Another thing he was concerned about was childcare in affected areas. He said, “There are teas and so on in the relief supplies, but there isn’t any cola. The children have been tolerating this condition with little complaint. I feel sorry for them.” Later we had an opportunity to talk to some elementary school children. They told us that they were bored with having to eat the same instant noodles all the time.

On May 4, we worked together with about sixty people removing sludge from a watercourse. Later in the day, a heavy-duty machine joined us and surprisingly, it made things much easier. Amongst the debris, there were roofing tiles, fishing tools, shutters, hoses, plants, motorbikes and many other things. In the afternoon, we managed to remove all the rubble and even made a road.

Takahashi-san’s wife, who we call Oka-san (mother), injured her wrists from doing excessive amounts of laundry by hand, but she hesitated to live in the lap of luxury. We wanted to cheer Mr. and Mrs. Takahashi up, as this couple had started taking big steps to wards restoring the village; we all decided to buy them a refrigerator and a washing machine. We were very happy to see the smiles brought by these surprise gifts.

Some of our members went back to Kyoto that night leaving four of us there. We went to stay at a parking lot in front of the Kobuchihama emergency strategy headquarters. One of us actually experienced camping out for the first time in his life. The starry sky was amazingly beautiful. We heard the singing voices of deers and frogs coming from far away.

On May 6, we cleaned up Shacho-san’s office on the second floor of their workplace. The initial clean-up and removal of sludge from the stairs and first floor had been done a couple of days before, but inside the office was all still completely messed up by the tsunami. The floor and the ceiling were deformed a bit as if they had been lifted up from underneath, and there were papers and documents stuck up on the corners of the ceiling. A locker and a couch were on the desk, and most other things were upside down. Papers and stickers were scattered everywhere mixed with rubble and sludge. Since everything was in such an awful wretched condition, we weren’t sure if we could put it all in order in a single day.

First we started by collecting and removing things from all over the place. Even the insides of the drawers were full of sludge. Masses of garbage bags started piling up. We found Shacho-san’s boat-captain’s license in one of the drawers; he was very happy to have it back again.

In the afternoon, we rearranged the furniture and equipment based on the former set-up created by Oka-san. As we proceeded, we could see the layout of a very practical office that had existed before the tsunami hit. It became even cleaner by brushing the floor. Shacho-san appreciated our efforts a lot. “Oh, it looks like I could even start working tomorrow! Thank you.” Oka-san had requested this job to be done because Shacho-san had been kept busy with other fishermen every day cleaning up the sea and the port. She was going to do by herself, but it was too hard for her to move all the big furniture and equipment. She was smiling as she looked upon the cleaned office. “Lots of memories are coming back to me. So many things happened here...”


After we had taken a bath, we were treated to a delicious dinner. It really was a large amount. We even gained a bit of weight! After six days working, we felt very sad when we had to leave. We shook hands firmly with each other and promised, “We will come back again.”

Team Sake Diary: Itabashi Village

Villagers’ needs

On the way back to Kyoto from Baba Nakayama village, we saw a sign reading “Water needed. 11 evacuees and one dog.” We decided to stop by to check out the situation. There was a house on the top of the hill. We gave them rice wine (sake) from Sasaki sake brewery in Kyoto, saying “Here is a different type of water”. Their relief goods were running out and there were few places to shop, so they were very glad to receive it along with soy sauce and seasonings, rubber boots and gloves.

While drinking some sake, the father of the house told us some stories. He is a fisherman. After the earthquake, he protected his fishing boat from damage for three days and nights by sailing it around avoiding the rubble in the sea. While telling us his stories he was smiling the whole time, yet he said “This is the first time for me to laugh like this since the disaster. I have to move forward. ”

They told us that the Nara Prefectural Police Department had been there and done so much for them. Before they went back to Nara, they had given them all the food they had. We talked to one of the ladies there too. Her daughter found seasoned powder for sprinkling on rice (furikake ) made of dried pickled plums in our supplies and was so happy. It’s her favorite. We realized the deep importance of providing this type of support to satisfy a person’s small wish. They introduced us on their blog and they also called us on the following day to see if we had arrived in Kyoto.

Team Sake Diary: Iwaisaki Village

Villagers’ needs

Looking at the sad scenery all the way, we finally got to Iwaisaki village where little groves and fields remained. We visited a house where about 70 villagers had been sleeping under the same roof since right after the earthquake. Since it was not an officially acknowledged evacuation center, they were having a tough time receiving relief goods. The ocean is in a terrible mess. The owner of the house says that he'd like to restart his wakame seaweed farming business again in two years. He still had some salted wakame seaweed stock, which he had farmed and preserved before the tsunami, and asked us to take a whole lot of it back to Kyoto. Despite our decision not to receive anything when in the affected areas, in the end, we couldn't refuse. We decided to buy it from him, and to sell it in Kyoto for them. Even so, they sold it at a very reasonable price. The owner said, “I will have to farm more seaweed for you, but not this year. ”

One of the villagers, Kiyoto Onodera, gave us some photos of Oisehama Beach near Iwaisaki village. Some were taken before and some after the earthquake. He says, “The tsunami waves took away all the life existing on the beach, even some shells that were stuck on the rocks. Nothing is left now…. Oisehama was a shoaling beach and it was a good place for children. Even I used to go there every year and swim like a child. Please post these photos on your blog so that people can see the beautiful Oisehama. ”
The Ministry of the Environment selected Oisehama (located west of Iwaisaki) as one of Japan’s best swimming beaches. Many young people and families visit the beach every summer. In winter, winter birds such as herring gulls and harlequin ducks fly to Oisehama and other parts of Iwaisaki. On top of this, it is known as a wintering spot for protected species like the beautiful Branta goose. (cited from the Kesennuma City Homepage)

Oisehama Beach Pre-disaster

Oisehama Beach Post-disaster

On May 7, we revisited the wakame seaweed aqua-farmer again. It was our third visit and they welcomed us openly. A mountain behind his house was being used as a rubble-collection point. There was a great deal more rubble piled up than when the Team 4 Mission had visited previously.

We met a couple who were visiting the aqua-farmer. The husband used to own a car company in front of a neighbouring beach but it had been wiped out by tsunami waves. As soon as the earthquake struck, he had gone to the upper storey of his factory to escape from the tsunami attacks. The earthquake was huge, and he was naturally worried about his children, so he went to their school. When he arrived at the school, all the children had already escaped to another place. On the way back, he saw the huge tsunami waves and villagers still walking in the streets, but he couldn’t help them. He says, ”Those people must have been taken away by the waves. I can’t help but drink when I think of it. ”

The wakame seaweed farmer said, “Come stay with us during the summer vacations.” He continued, “The yokozuna (highest sumo wrestling rank) statue in the head of the peninsula remained even after the earthquake and tsunami attack. It is such a strong yokozuna. It’s worthwhile having a look at it. ” We went to see it on the way back and found there was indeed a strong and dependable yokozuna there.

Yokozuna Statue
Kahoku Shimpo News Network, June 6, 2011
A family-run guest-house (minshuku) in Iwasaki village (Kesennuma City, Miyagi) that had escaped damages from tsunami waves has been accepting victims of the disaster. Right after the disaster, it accepted neighbors for two months, and now a second group of survivors is staying there. The owner has been supporting the villagers in the hope that the village will be reconstructed very soon.
This minshuku, called Sakino-ya, is located on the higher elevations of the village. Masaaki Hatakeyama and his wife started Sakino-ya in 1973 and are now running it together with their son and daughter-in-law. On March 11 when the earthquake struck, Mr. Hatakeyama was at home at his minshuku with his wife. The minshuku is located at 11meters above sea level. They saw the water level rising and became temporarily isolated. They witnessed houses in the neighborhood start to scrunch up and fall apart.
The two roads that had led from there to the city center were cut off by rubble. On the night of the 11th, with only candles for light, about 50 neighbours and city workers stayed at the minshuku.
The Hatakeyamas provided them all with food using stock they had prepared for customers. He looks back on those days and says, “Even though lifelines were not available, we co-operated with the neighbors.”
The first group of evacuees stayed until May 18 and there are currently 16 villagers still staying with them. Amongst them are Teruo Miura and his wife who lost their house. They were previously staying at different evacuation centers from each other, but thanks to Sakino-ya they could start lodging together again. His wife requires dialysis so she appreciates the well-balanced food there.
The other 10 minshuku in Iwaisaki were all destroyed. Mr. Hatakeyama says, “I hope that they will come back to restart their businesses and Iwaisaki will become a popular tourist place once again.”

Team Sake Diary: Hongo Village

Villagers’ needs

We visited Hongo on April 20th. In Hongo, 50 out of the 169 houses were wiped out by tsunami waves. 22 of the evacuees have been staying at the Hongo Community Center. We met some of the villagers who were waiting for a bus to go to a public bath. They said that there was a relief supplies distribution office not to far away, trying to distribute necessary commodities whenever villagers asked for them, and they added that delivery services were also getting back to normal. There are three areas we were visiting; Hongou, Ofune and Sakuratouge. Hongo was especially devastated.

We visited Hongo again on May 4th. Some evacuees have moved into temporary housing or prefecture-run apartments, but 16 evacuees still continue to stay at the Hongo Community Center. As we went there during the Golden Week (National Holidays), many were out of the town, but we were able to see the leader of the town as well as two ladies. Two months on, and what villagers mainly need are daily commodities such as soap and toothbrushes; and at the evacuation center, seasoning for cooking would be especially appreciated. Some relief supplies have been delivered, yet it is still hard to get certain things. They were happy to receive sesame oil, and tubed mustard, garlic and ginger from us. It’s also tough for larger items to reach the village. While talking to them, it turned out that the things most in need are: irons, laptops, printers, bicycles, sneakers for women, sandals for men, and large-sized (4L) jersey pants. The leader told us that they especially need laptops and printers to do administrative jobs for the town. We went to Kamaishi city center to purchase those requested items but could not find any large-sized clothes. A shopkeeper told us we had to go to a special store for those specific sizes of clothes. Nonetheless, we were able to buy and deliver sandals and sneakers, irons were sent later by someone who saw the blog. The villagers realized that bicycles weren’t a total necessity, though they are still (as of July) patiently hoping that computers and printers will be donated.

We talked to one of the villagers, Mr. Koike, on the phone. As of June 7th, everyone had moved out of the Community Center into temporary housing or prefecture-run apartments. He said that he was finally able to think about the future. People have been discussing their ideas on how to reconstruct the town, and presenting them to Kamaishi city. Some ideas include: filling in lower elevated zones, living on hills, building 10m-high walls by the sea and putting up solar street lamps. Mr. Koike said that villagers were particularly appreciative of all the positive support they have been receiving, and specifically thanked one of the Team Sake supporters for having sent a digital camera. They have enough food and basic supplies now, but they are still in dire need of laptops and printers.