The Earthquake In Japan – How to help out

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Kesennuma city, March 2011

Collapsed houses and debris remain on a field in Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture, Japan on March 12, 2011. PHOTO: STR/AFP/Getty Images

We at Krrb are all devastated by the recent earthquakes and tsunami that have pummeled northern Japan and wreaked such havoc on the people living there, not to mention others all over the Pacific. It’s next to impossible to imagine, even with the vivid photos all over the news and the internet, what it must be like for the folks that are struggling in the aftermath of this epic natural disaster.

Read on to learn how you can help

Here are several links to charities that have already mobilized and are sending aid over to those who really need it. Even a small donation can make a huge difference to the populations who have been hit so hard. We sourced these groups from The Huffington Post, which has posted an extensive list of organizations that are in need of donations, etc.

It is always good to donate as locally as possible, and MercyCorps is making that easy by gathering donations for its overseas partner, Peace Winds Japan, which currently has personnel on the ground distributing emergency relief in Japan.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake. According to their project page:

We are working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground to provide support. Our partners on the ground are working hard to provide immediate relief.

And then, of course, there is the American Red Cross, which has already launched efforts on the ground in Japan and are the standard bearers for relief operations world-wide.

There is also a beautiful project afoot on Facebook called Paper Cranes for Japan which is asking for folks to make origami cranes and post them on the page. Traditionally, cranes are a sacred symbol in Japanese folklore, and anyone who folds 1000 cranes out of paper will be granted a wish (like recovery from illness, etc) by a crane.

And if you do give money, try to donate via PayPal and your dollars will go further. Judy Chang, head of PayPal’s nonprofit group, announced that transactional fees incurred by money transfers to US 501(c)(3) organizations (or charities registered with the Canada Revenue Agency) between March 11 and April 10 will aid relief efforts in Japan.

 

 

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