Japan Voices supports the GlobalGiving Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Since 11th March 2011 the fund has raised over $2 million and provided direct grants to eleven NGOs. Many were operating in devastated areas within days of the disaster and continue to provide relief and reconstruction assistance.
Please give what you can to help people whose lives were devastated in March 2011 and whose communities continue to have a lot of hard work ahead of them. Thank you for visiting.
Update / message - Friday 29th July
Thank you to everyone who has made donations on this page! Every penny has gone towards NGOs working on the ground in earthquake and tsunami devastated regions. Here is fund-raising update on how your kind donations have been spent (within the GlobalGiving fund).
Since 11th March 2011 the fund has raised over $2 million and provided direct grants to eleven NGOs. Many were operating in devastated areas within days of the disaster and are providing assistance as follows:
* Japan Platform ($500,000)
o Disaster coordination and financial support for eighteen partner NGOs
o Short-term food aid, medical assistance and tents
o Long-term response planning
* Peace Winds ($200,000)
o Food, cooking supplies and blankets to shelters in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
o Free satellite telephone services and mobile phone charging
* Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) ($100,000)
o Distribution of food and non-food items to survivors in affected areas within three days of the earthquake
o Reaching the elderly and disabled, who may not be fully supported in larger evaluation camps
* Association of Medical Doctors of Asia ($100,000)
o Over thirty volunteer doctors, nurses and logistics experts operating ten mobile clinics in two Prefectures (donations used for medical supplies and transport)
* Architecture for Humanity ($100,000)
o Long-term reconstruction of health clinics, schools, hospitals and civic structures
* Japanese Emergency NGOs – JEN ($100,000)
o Delivering blankets and food
o Two teams assessing long-term response
* Civic Force ($100,000)
o Up to ten trucks a day supplying 150-200 camps in affected areas with blankets, shelter, medicine and food
o Rubble removal, community rebuilding and long-term recovery
* International Medical Corps ($100,000)
o Emergency response team of doctors in Sendai
o Medical aid to isolated coastal communities
* Save the Children ($100,000)
o Psycho-social support in Miyagi, Fukushima, Iwata, and Ibaraki Prefectures
* Lifeline Energy ($75,000)
o Wind-up and solar radios with flashlights and cell phone chargers
o Radio programming for non-Japanese speaking survivors
* Telecom for Basic Human Needs (BHN) ($75,000)
o Logistics for mobile clinic in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture
o Internet-based wireless mesh network in Iwate Prefecture
o Rebuilding local community FM radio stations for news, children’s programs and English-language broadcasts for foreigners.
As part of my teaching here in Japan I have been working on a project encouraging students to describe the impact of 11th March 2011 on their lives in English. From today, this fund-raising page will double as the donations page for that project. So in addition to thanking everyone for their initial donations, I'd like to thank you as well for helping build some momentum on something I'm hoping will generate even more funds for relief and reconstruction here in Japan.
There is still a great deal to be done. Some of my friends here in Tokyo travel to Tohoku at the weekends and spend their Saturdays and Sundays digging mud from damaged homes. That's something I don't think I can do, but through my teaching I hope I can make a difference, and I really appreciate the support you have all shown through donating to and sharing this page with friends and family.
You can read about the new project here: http://japanvoices.wordpress.com and @japanvoices on Twitter
Thank you so much for your support and donations,
Update / message - Thursday 17th March
Last night in Tohoku temperatures dropped to -1°C and snowed, compounding misfortune and hazards for victims of the March 11th tsunami. While the focus of the world's media is understandably on the troubling situation with the Fukushima nuclear reactor, thousands of people have spent the last seven days displaced having lost everything they have.
Please give anything you can and send this page to someone you know. Thank you for your ongoing support!
Update / message - Tuesday 15th March
A massive thank you to those who have made donations! Events are still unfolding but five days into this complex disaster situation the scale of devastation is already clear.
You may have seen this image of overturned train carriages in Shinchi, Fukushima. What you might not know is that Shinchi is on the same train line as my home station. Those carriages twisted in the mud - chances are I've gone to work in one. Scenes of massive destruction on TV often feel like fiction but, despite the unfamiliar street furniture, everything you see destroyed was someone's everyday reality.
Unlike some places we often see ravaged by nature, Japan is not a poor country. However, the untold story of many natural disasters is the economic impact. To rebuild homes, lives and communities, people need trade and industry. The 1995 Great Hanshin (Kobe) earthquake cost Japan 10% of it's GDP and caused high levels of regional unemployment for years. Friday's earthquake was 178 times bigger than Kobe. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes amidst freezing winter conditions and victims are still being rescued from the wreckage. Rescue agencies need funds now to continue their vital work and provision of critical aid.
If you can spare just a few pounds, you will make a difference. If you're not in a position to donate or if you've already donated to another related appeal, please would you consider forwarding this message to your friends and colleagues to help gather support?
Thank you for reading,