Saturday, March 19, 2011

Links To Reliable Relief Agencies Helping Japan

Updated Links to Reliable Relief Agencies Working to Help Japan:


Photo: Shelter Boxes heading to Japan. www.ShelterBox.com.
  1. UNICEF - U.S. Fund appeals for donations for children and families in Japan - 100% of donations will go to Japan relief efforts - funding needed for items in short supply such as diapers and hygiene kits.
  2. Shelter Box (International charitable relief organization) - Japanese authorities request Shelter Boxes for the north, shelter boxes are heading to the worst hit areas of Japan.
  3. AmeriCares - Preparing first aid shipment, urgent supplies for shelters - Shipping basic hygiene items originating in Japan for urgent delivery to shelters in Miyagi and Iwate where hundreds of thousands of survivors have been forced to flee their homes.  In addition to building a relief convoy for shipments to Sendai, AmeriCares is setting up an office in Tokyo to coordinate their relief efforts. 
  4. International Medical Corps - International Medical Corps’ emergency response team is assessing the post-disaster needs of isolated coastal villages north of Sendai that have yet to receive humanitarian assistance. They found acute shortages of food, water and some medicines, and survivors in need of mental health support.
  5. Convoy of Hope - Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response team is working around the clock to deliver much needed food, water and emergency supplies to hurting families in Japan. On their web site, Kary Kingsland, vice president of Global Initiatives, shares how Convoy of Hope is responding to the disaster and explains the organization’s long-term strategy for helping the people of Japan. Update (3/21/11): Despite news reports of countries encouraging their citizens to leave Japan because of escalating concerns over radiation, Convoy of Hope is pressing forward with plans to deliver emergency supplies to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
  6. The Salvation Army in Japan - Latest News (3/18/11): In Sendai mobile team served about 1,000 meals to evacuees. Hot meals and drinks were prepared in The Salvation Army's mobile emergency canteen and given out at Sendai Corps (Salvation Army church)..."
  7. Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) - Update (3/17/11): In Tokyo, the emergency coordination team is working to get food donations to people in evacuation centers. They are also planning to procure donations of water that can be driven by truck to the affected area, now that road access has improved. Another 5,000 blankets have been purchased in Tokyo and will be delivered by Sunday.
  8. Japanese Red Cross Society - Gifts will support the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be utilised for the on-going provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population.
  9. American Humane Association - Red Star Animal Emergency Services and Japan Relief Fund - 100 percent of the donations received for Japan animal relief go to helping the animal victims in Japan. 
Photo: Convoy of Hope's Disaster Response Team.

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