International Volunteer Center of Yamagata (IVY) is a non-governmental organization that addresses the issues of Asian and rural societies. IVY aims to be culturally sensitive and sustainable.
Direct Relief has supported IVY with in cash grants to fund earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster relief and recovery efforts.
IVY disaster relief efforts in Japan have focused on Cash for Work programs in Ishinomaki City and Kesennuma City. Program participants have cleaned flooded houses belonging to elderly people and those who are in most need.