Story: Renewal for Persons with Disabilities in Japan » AAR JAPAN – Nakata Sun Farm
Before the Great East Japan Earthquake, 22 employees, including six people with mental disorders and five people with intellectual disabilities, had been working at Nakata Sun Farm, growing various kinds of herbs, making marketable products from the herbs, and selling them. The earthquake destroyed the vinyl tarp of the greenhouse, the ceiling, and the curtains that blocked out the sunlight and maintained heat inside the greenhouse. As a result, some of the employees were given less time to work while others could not work at all. This led to a decrease of their earnings and also began to affect their confidence and emotional well-being.
AAR started the repair and reconstruction process on October 28 and completed on November 10, 2011.
Nakata Sun Farm was granted the support from Direct Relief/JACL to reconstruct the vinyl greenhouse and to repair the curtains.