On March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by an 8.9 magnitude earthquake that triggered a devastating tsunami and a nuclear crisis. Now facing the aftermath of these disastrous events, Japan needs all the help we can offer, no matter how small it may be.
Here’s a list of links to some ways in which we can help the relief and recovery efforts in Japan:
- Japanese Red Cross Society - if you wish to send your donations directly to the Japanese Red Cross Society.
- Network for Good - a list of humanitarian and nonprofit organizations that are accepting donations for emergency relief efforts in Japan.
- GlobalGiving - connects you to over 1,000 pre-screened grassroots charity projects around the world. It’s an efficient, transparent way to make an impact with your giving. It currently set up a fund that will support organizations providing relief and aid to victims in Japan.
- Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières – an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.
- Google Crisis Response Page for the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami - lists quick links for donation, resources and other useful information.
- GreaterGood.org – partners with and funds leading nonprofit organizations around the world in order to alleviate poverty and hunger, promote peace, address cancer and other widespread health problems, foster literacy and provide education, preserve vital habitats in peril, and provide protection and care to vulnerable animals.
- Animal Refuge Kansai (ARK) – animals need help too. ARK is appealing for help for the animals made homeless by the earthquake and tsunami which devastated the Tohoku-Pacific area in northern Japan.
- Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support – a coalition of three animal welfare groups in Japan: HEART-Tokushima, Animal Garden Niigata and Japan Cat Network. This is a link to the Facebook page that they created for their efforts. Funds from donations will be used directly for animal rescue and support.
- Save the Children – they’ve set up a Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund to support Save the Children’s relief efforts and responses to children’s ongoing and urgent needs. You can also help make a difference by supporting all the work that Save the Children does to help children in need in the U.S. and around the world.
- World Society for the Protection of Animals
- The Salvation Army
- World Vision
- International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
People from the Japanese music industry are also participating in the recovery and relief efforts. One of such activities is the JACK IN THE BOX 義援金プロジェクト (JACK IN THE BOX CHARITY PROJECT) by artists and management of the MAVERICK DC GROUP in cooperation with the Federation of Music Producers of Japan (FMPJ). The charity will be active from MARCH 14 to APRIL 30, 2011.
NOTE: Kindly check MAVERICK DC’s official site for donation details and updates: http://www.maverick-dci.com/ (in Japanese). An English translation of the text is posted at an LJ community of
my favorite J-rock band L’Arc~en~Ciel (the band is part of the MAVERICK DC family).
**For residents of the Philippines:The Philippine Red Cross has launched an SMS campaign for donations to Japan. You can give monetary donations through text to the Philippine Red Cross, who will direct the donations to the Japanese Red Cross Society. This service is available to Smart and Globe subscribers. Here’s a link for details and instructions: http://www.redcross.org.ph/news/175