Blog for Japan

So many organisations are being set up to collect donations of money and useful items (such as nappies, socks, toothbrushes, etc.) for Japan right now. It’s hard to know who to support, and impossible to support everyone. I feel like I want to help in some way. Some of my friends have got involved in collecting items to be sent to the affected areas of Japan. One friends is even collecting items in England to be sent to Japan (see Caroline Pover’s Earthquake Mission).

I want to feel like I am doing something real to help, but I still have to go to work right now and don’t have much time to dedicate to the cause. Also, I have no experience of helping in such a situation, and it would be very easy to get involved in “helping” and find that what I was doing wasn’t really helpful to those people in need. Some people really mean well but I have to question the usefulness of their missions.

That is why I have decided to support “Blog for Japan”. “Blog for Japan” has been set up by Todd and Kaoru Wassel of Todd’s Wanderings.

Todd writes: My wife is from Tokyo and we are both professional aid and recovery workers with the United Nations. We have seen the recovery phase of the 2004 Tsunami up close and we know there is a tremendous need to not only raise donations but to make sure those funds are used responsibly and are in the hands of organizations with not only technical expertise but also local knowledge.

The first stage of Blog for Japan is simple: if you have a blog, newspaper, or other way of publishing information and are willing to support the Japanese Survivors please reproduce and promote this article:

http://www.toddswanderings.com/2011/03/how-to-help-japan-earthquake-tsunami-survivors.html

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Here is a reproduction of the original article from the above link:

This page is dedicated to helping the survivors of the Friday 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan by channeling international donations to local efforts.

The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, over 7,500 people have been confirmed dead and another 11,000 are missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

The images of the destruction and suffering have shocked the world. However, with the World Bank reporting over 235 billion USD in damages and families torn apart there is a need for everyone to help both financially and emotionally.

A few weeks ago I posted about my Experience During the Japan Earthquake and made a plea to my readers to spread the word about helping Japan recover. My wife is from Tokyo and we are both professional aid and recovery workers with the United Nations. We have seen the recovery phase of the 2004 Tsunami up close and we know there is a tremendous need to not only raise donations but to make sure those funds are used responsibly and are in the hands of organizations with not only technical expertise but also local knowledge.

How You Can Help

A lot of people around the world want to help and have been donating to various international organizations (mainly the American Red Cross). We believe that it is more cost effective to donate funds directly to Japanese organizations as many international organizations do not have concrete plans to send missions to Japan. There are also many scams out there trying to benefit from this horrible disaster. We know that language barriers and lack of knowledge can also prevent people from donating to the right place. As such we have put together a list of Japanese Organizations that we know, trust and recommend to channel your donations to.

If you are unable to donate we ask that you Share this Page with your friends, family and coworkers through e-mail, facebook, twitter or any other outlet you can think of. The more people who see this page the greater the donations will be.

If you are blogger, or have your own website. Please see the Blog4Japan page to learn how you can utilize this appeal on your own site and help us reach even more people.

Japanese Organizations We Trust

Please consider donating to one or more of these organizations. All are local Japanese organizations and we have found the English Pages for you. Even a small amount like $10 is useful, but we hope you donate more!

Peace Winds Japan Tsunami Response

Peace Winds Japan is one of the largest Japanese organizations providing humanitarian relief such as food, clothing, fuel and medical supplies to the affected areas. You can Donate Here.

JEN Tsunami ResponseJEN is a well known NGO dedicated to restoring a self-supporting livelihood both economically and mentally to those who have been stricken with hardship due to conflicts and disasters. They are currently supporting emergency relief items such as food, woman’s hygienic items, clothes and other essentials to the survivors of the Japan Tsunami. You can Donate Here.

ADRA Japan Tsunami Response

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is donating food and essential items to the survivors of the tsunami. They also keep a well maintained English blog of their activities in Japan for the tsunami which you can Follow Here. You can Donate Here.

JOICFP Response to the Japanese TsunamiThe Japan Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning is taking donations for their response to the tsunami that will focus on the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in affected areas. You can Donate Here.

AMDA Tsunami Response The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA Japan) team is delivering essential medical services through mobile clinics and delivering relief goods to the nursing homes and schools (evacuation shelters) in Aoba and Miyagino Wards. You can Donate Here.

Oxfam Japan's Tsunami ResponseOXFAM Japan is working with two partners in Japan on providing support to those on the margins of society who might otherwise have difficulty accessing emergency relief. One group is assisting mothers and babies and the other is providing information to non-Japanese speakers living in Japan. You can Donate Here.

Habitat for Humanity Japan Tsunami ResponseHabitat For Humanity Japan is still assessing the situation but will be involved in the reconstruction of housing once the emergency period ends. This is one of the most vital aspects of recovery and the homeless will need a lot of help to put their lives back together. You can Donate Here.

Institute for Cultural Affairs Tsunami Response

The Institute for Cultural Affairs Japan (ICA) is still assessing the situation but is accepting donations. You can Donate Here.

All of these are worthy organizations to support and  you can match your own personal interests to the organization that you think will work the best on what you want to support. Even if you are unable to donate please pass this on through social media, word of mouth or even in print. I have waived all rights to this post so please feel free to copy and reproduce any part of it for the good of the Japanese people.

If you do want to reproduce this please see the Blog4Japan page where you can find out more details.

Thank you from my family and friends who have been affected by this terrible disaster.

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Please consider sharing this article by reproducing it, linking to it or sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. Also, of course, please consider donating to one of the worthy causes listed above. For the time being, all I can practically do to help is utilise my blog as a tool to share information (if I could go to the affected areas and help build houses I would, but it’s too early for that). I will continue to support “Blog for Japan” in any way I can, so please keep watching this space for further updates.

7 thoughts on “Blog for Japan

  1. Hey Ali – good post. Blog for Japan is definitely a worthy cause. Out of curiosity, why do you question the usefulness of Jason Kelly’s project? Because it’s socks? =)

    • I guess I just worry that lots of people are really trying to help by sending what people say is needed, but I don’t know if these people who are “helping” are checking things out properly first or not. I mean, yes, these people need socks, but do they really need truck loads of socks when they don’t have medicine or a place to stay?

      I don’t want to say anything bad about Jason Kelly’s project – I just worry and hope he’s connected to the right people and actually being useful.

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  3. Thanks so much for supporting Blog4Japan!! We are really gaining momentum. I’ll have a badge ready soon to help spread the “word” visually as well. I’m adding you to the list of supports right now.

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