|Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - How to Help (and other resources)|
|Written by Taty Sena|
We are still struggling to grasp the enormity of what has happened in Japan on March 10th, 2011. Due to all the current technology, we were able to watch the tremors and see some of the devastating effects of the Tsunami as it hit the shore, taking with it, many lives and destroying entire towns, leaving those who survived homeless and wrecked. To add to the impact, there is now a lot of concern that nuclear plants might be leaking radioactive material and the possibility of a volcano eruption.
Our feeling of immense sorrow was followed by the frustration of not knowing how to help. We are working with small groups to try to find out where help is most needed and what we can do. In the meantime, we have compiled a list of ways we can all help support the efforts already happening in Japan as well as a list of resources and additional information about donors below the video for those looking for more resources.
• The American Red Cross is accepting donations for Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief. Individuals can also text 'REDCROSS' to 90999 to donate $10 from their mobile phone.
The Japanese Red Cross is accepting donations via bank transfer from the USA (Bank transfers, easy cards or credit cards from the Japanese site). Information can be found at:
• Save the Children is responding to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath. Donations can be made to Save the Children’s Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund.
• GlobalGiving, based in Washington, D.C., is providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10.
• International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster's victims.
• World Vision has announced mobilization in response to the earthquake and tsunami. World Vision, with a staff of 75 in Japan, focuses its relief efforts on children. Visit the website to donate, or call 1-888-56-CHILD (1-888-562-4453). You can text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10.
• NetHope, a collaboration of the world’s leading humanitarian response organizations is mobilizing efforts to support aid agencies responding in the region.
• Mercy Corps is working with its partner Charity Peace Winds Japan to accept donations.
• AidMatrix is working with its partners to connect resources and material for various response efforts. Needs for In-Kind and Transportation donations are being assessed and will be posted to the AidMatrix network as they become available.
• The mGive Foundation, which helps with mobile donations, said the following group are also accepting text-based donations:
• The Salvation Army, which has had a presence in Japan since 1895, is sending an assessment team from Tokyo to the city of Sendai "to assess damage and will begin providing basic necessities (food, water, etc.) beginning as soon as possible tonight or tomorrow," a spokesperson said. In Tokyo, the Salvation Army "opened its main building to help shelter commuters who were unable to reach home. They served hot drinks and packed meals."
• The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City is directing 100% of the donations to disaster relief efforts.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES:
- The Salesforce Foundation is matching donations up to $50,000.
- Google is also offering help and many resources including a people finder at:
- Facebook has a Disaster Relief page with lots of information about organizations that are offering aid.
- Red Cross has set up a page to help families find information at:
- Time Warner Cable is offering free service to their Japanese channel (TV Japan) and free calls to Japan until April 15th, 2011.
- ATT is offering free calls and text messages to Japan from any USA number until March 31st.
- Verizon is offering free calls and text messages to Japan until April 10th.
- T-Mobile is offering free calls and text to Japan until March 31st.
- Microsoft has donated 100k and has set up a page of information which might announce a campaign to help get money to other organizations soon.
- Apple hasn’t made any donations but has set up a donation button on iTunes to make it easier for people to donate.
- The Japanese Online Institute is collecting donations for direct transfer to the Japanese Red Cross until March 31st.