It’s Not Just Mud (INJM) is a non-profit volunteer organization specializing in disaster relief, grass-root support and rehabilitation of disaster affected individuals and small businesses. We are based in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, Japan and work in the Tohoku region.
A profile of INJM and its activities can be downloaded here.
March 28th – There are still openings on certain weekends in April! We’d love to have you here!
March 5th – INJM has openings for volunteers for March and April, on Thursdays-Saturdays! This is for the specific job of helping fishermen on Oshika peninsula with their seaweed harvest, you have been warned! Click on our volunteer form on the right to apply!
February 25th – INJM is very happy to say that we are now able to send copies of our new book to our international supporters! Check this page for more info!
December 7th – There was a large earthquake this evening. Small tsunamis (up to 1m in height) were recorded. INJM members have evacuated and all are safe and accounted for.
December 7th – We have room for 3 volunteers this month from the 7th (today!) to the 16th! You can apply here
December 5th – INJM have moved our base! Thank you very much to the Oide’s for letting us use their home for over a year! We are still in the same neighborhood as before, and it’s business as usual!
December 1st – We are currently having issues with our PayPal! If you wish to donate please do a bank transfer, or wait for us to fix things! Thank you!
Sept. 10th – We have a position open for a “Program Development Coordinator” to take part in its disaster relief operations in Ishinomaki, Miyagi-ken. This is an opportunity for a dynamic individual to join a young and vibrant organization, and help Tohoku communities recover from the 3/11 disaster. More info here!
August 31st – One of our volunteers, Danny, has made a very nice video asking INJM Volunteers “Why did you volunteer?”. If you’re looking for motivation, or maybe just interested in the reasons behind volunteering, you should definitely check the video out!
July 17th 2012 - INJM’s June 2012 newsletter is here! We have been pretty busy since our last newsletter in February (so much that it took us this long to prepare a new one!). Check out the latest on your favorite Tohoku-NPO in our new edition.
June 27th 2012 – A small update from Jamie showing some pictures from June! For more frequent updates, please check our facebook page and group!
June 4th 2012 – INJM is welcoming volunteers who wish to work long-term/do summer internships with us (more than 3 weeks). Volunteering doesn’t get better/easier than this… If you are interested please read this and apply soon !
May 11th 2012 – INJM is renovating its own HQ (which was also damaged last year) and we are keeping numbers low for the moment. We will be restarting normal operations soon!
March 13th 2012- Jamie has contributed to an ebook all about the disaster of last March. It contains several essays all very well written, and is definitely worth reading for anyone who has an interest in life in Japan post 3/11
March 28th 2013 – Big thanks to Notes of Nomads for their continued support via their photo walks! To date they have raised almost 600,000 yen for INJM! Keep your eyes peeled for next months FINAL photo walk!
February 18th 2013 – INJM & Hashimoto san had a very successful book launch in Ikebukuro! Check this video for some highlights!
Sept. 11th 2012 – Domo Arigato to Riverside Yoga Charity Club, Hadano for holding a fundraiser for INJM and donating 75,000 yen from the proceeds!
Sept. 5th 2012 – INJM’s charity hike up Mt. Fuji was a great success (according to the excited and breathless participants). Big thanks to Hai and Jess for organizing this and generating 55,000 yen in donations! Check out their website for more fun charity drives www.jessicakorteman.com.
July 17th 2012 – The first of INJM’s BIG SUMMER BBQs generated 113,000 yen in funds! Big thanks to Jess & Hai for organizing it and everyone who helped out!
April 12th 2012 – Valerie Hwang and her friends from Hyogo Prefecture, raised over 150,000 yen for INJM with a bake sale in Fukusaki town. They were featured in the Kobe Shinbun! Thanks so much Valerie and Co. You guys are awesome! Here is their FB page.