As you all know, on March 11, an earthquake of magnitude 9 on the Richter scale hit Japan. Although it is a country fully prepared for earthquakes, the northeastern coast was completely ravaged by a tsunami that swept everything that was found ahead up to 10 kilometers inland. As some of you know, Japan is a country to which I have special affection and I have several friends who live in Tokyo. After a few hours of anguish, I was able to contact them and, luckily, they were fine. When it seemed that the situation could not be worse, the Japanese government announced the disaster that had caused the tsunami at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
Todd Wassel, a Blogsherpa colleague and UN mediator in Kosovo, was in Japan with his wife that day and from his blog Todd's Wanderings has published an entry to publicize all the Japanese organizations that are working in the area and that are of Trust so that everyone who wants to collaborate can do so with complete confidence. From Diario de on board we join the initiative and have translated Todd's message into Spanish, although if you want to read the original you can do it here: //www.toddswanderings.com/2011/03/03/how-to-help-japan -earthquake-tsunami-survivors.html
This page is dedicated to helping the survivors of the Japan earthquake and tsunami that took place on March 11, so that international donations go directly to the Japanese organizations that are working on it. The earthquake and tsunami have caused great damage in northwestern Japan. Nearly 9,500 dead, 16,000 missing and millions of people are affected by the lack of electricity, water and transportation. The images of destruction and suffering have impacted everyone. The World Bank has estimated that the damages amount to more than 3,000 million and there are families that have been broken by the tragedy. That is why Japan needs our help both financially and emotionally.
A few weeks ago, I published my experience during the earthquake in Japan and made a request to all my readers to make it known in order to help the recovery of Japan. My wife is from Tokyo and we are both cooperators of the United Nations. We have lived closely the reconstruction of the damage caused by the 2004 tsunami and we know that it is necessary not only to raise funds, but also that these funds are used responsibly and that they end up in the hands of organizations that have so much technical experts as with experts in the area.
How can you help?
Many people from all over the world want to help and have already donated to several international organizations (mostly to the American Red Cross). I think it's great, because the money will be transferred to the Japanese Red Cross and, therefore, will be used correctly. However, I also believe that it is necessary to donate money directly to Japanese organizations and NGOs that do not have access to fundraising.. In addition, there are many scammers trying to take advantage of this horrible disaster.
We know that both the language barrier and the lack of knowledge on the subject can cause people to end up not donating for fear of not doing so to the right organization. That is why we have created a list of Japanese organizations that we know are reliable and in which I recommend that you focus your donations. If you cannot donate, we ask you to make this page known to friends, family and colleagues, through email, Facebook, Twitter or any other means of dissemination that you can think of. The more people know, the more funds will be raised.
If you are a blogger or have your own web page, please go to the Blog4Japan page and find out how you can disseminate on your own website to help us reach more people.
Japanese organizations we trust
Please consider donating to one or more of these organizations. All are native organizations of which we give you the address of their website in English for your information. Even a donation of € 10 can be very useful, but we hope you can donate everything you can.
Peace Winds Japan It is one of the largest Japanese organizations that are offering humanitarian aid such as food, clothing, fuel and medical supplies to the affected areas. You can make your donation here.