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Shards of Hope: Jewelry made from pottery broken by Japan’s tsunami

This hopeful project is giving participants valuable skills, sustainable income, while also providing them a safe place to connect and share their ongoing struggles, three years after the devastation.

By Kimberley Mok - Source: http://www.treehugger.com/

Photo © The Nozomi Project

Photo © The Nozomi Project


Many lives were shattered when the tsunami hit Japan’s eastern coast in 2011, leaving not only immediate tragedy but lasting environmental impacts around Fukushima’s destroyed nuclear reactor. One of the most devastated areas was Ishinomaki, a city of 130,000 about three hours north of Fukushima. While many are slowly rebuilding, there is still much to be done to heal the psychological trauma stemming from this unprecedented disaster.

Striving to find life after the wreckage is the Nozomi Project, a social enterprise that trains affected women and grandmothers in the making of beautiful jewelry from the pottery shards found in the tsunami’s aftermath.

Photo © The Nozomi Project

Photo © The Nozomi Project

Photo © The Nozomi Project

Photo © The Nozomi Project

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