Images of Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to Help

In times of disaster we are provided with the opportunity to humanize those that our country has made drastic attempts to dehumanize in the past. We see the raw human face of those that are only blips on the karmic screen otherwise. It is our responsibility as humans to manifest some multilateral compassion and provide aid. It may be in the form of prayers and thoughts (which remove us from the ego- and ethnocentric view we fall back into), tweets and posts (to provide and spread awareness), or money and time (to provide something more concrete). Don’t give because you are a Christian or a Buddhist or an atheist. Give because it relieves a small bit of suffering for a short period of time.

Houses are swept by water following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. REUTERS
Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan (C) reacts as he feels an earthquake as he attends a committee meeting in the upper house of parliament in Tokyo March 11, 2011. REUTERS/
Houses and cars are swept out to sea in Kesennuma city March 11, 2011
Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011
Houses swept out to sea burn following a tsunami and earthquake in Natori City in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011
Whirlpools are seen following a tsunami and earthquake in Iwaki city, Fukushima Prefecture, March 11, 2011
Houses burn at night following an earthquake in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011.

A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

A massive tsunami sweeps in to engulf a residential area after a powerful earthquake in Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in northeastern Japan March 11, 2011. REUTERS/KYODO

Boats are swept by a wave after a tsunami and earthquake in Asahikawa city March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI
Streets are flooded after a tsunami and earthquake in Kesennuma city, Miyagi Prefecture, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI
Fishing boats swept inland in Oarai City, Ibaragi Prefecture. REUTERS/Kyodo
A whirlpool off Oarai City, Ibaraki Prefecture, following the tsunami. REUTERS/Kyodo
Fires burn in the harbour in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture. REUTERS/Kyodo

Haunting image of the incoming tsunami wave off Natori city, Miyagi Prefecture. REUTERS/Kyodo

Buildings burn following an earthquake in Yamada town, Iwate Prefecture, northeastern Japan, March 11, 2011. REUTERS/YOMIURI
Houses lie flattened after the earthquake in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture. REUTERS/Kyodo
Dark black smoke rises from a town after an earthquake and tsunami in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kyodo
A ship lifted up into a town by a tsunami following an earthquake is seen in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan March 12, 2011
People, in a floating container, are rescued from a building in Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan.
A large number of cars swept by a tsunami are seen in Sendai, northeastern Japan on Saturday
A member of the Japan Self-Defence Forces carries a man in Natori city, in Miyagi prefecture March 12, 2011. REUTERS/Yomiuri

 

HOW TO HELP:

First be sure to check with charity watchdog Charity Navigator and read their donating tips and list of charities responding (which I reproduced below). They will update that list as they learn of more charities assisting with the relief efforts.

Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. The best way to help is to donate online at convoyofhope.org or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response efforts.

GlobalGiving.org has already launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, raising funds which they plan to distribute to various efforts in the region.

International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims.

Mercy Corps is now accepting donations for survivors of Japan’s earthquake through their longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan. Donations will be used to meet immediate and longer-term needs of the survivors.

The Red Cross is asking for $10 donations to their relief efforts in Japan online or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate from your phone.

The Salvation Army in Tokyo is sending an assessment team to the city of Sendai tonight to assess damage and will begin providing basic necessities (food, water, etc.) beginning as soon as possible tonight or tomorrow.

In Tokyo, the Army opened its main building to help shelter commuters who were unable to reach home. They served hot drinks and packed meals.

The latest updates will be available at http://blog.salvationarmyusa.org/, www.facebook.com/salvationarmyusa and www.twitter.com/salvationarmyus.

Those interested can text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Army’s relief efforts.

Save the Children is moving quickly to address the situation there. Donations to their Children’s Emergency Fund will support this effort. To text your donation to Save the Children, text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10.

According to the provider mGive: When prompted, mobile donors should reply with YES to confirm a one-time gift. The $10 one-time donation will appear on the donor’s next mobile bill. All donations are tax deductible and receipts may be printed at mGive.org/receipt. Message and data rates may apply.

Charities Providing Relief Rating
Action Against Hunger | ACF-USA 4 stars
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee 4 stars
AmeriCares 4 stars
Architecture for Humanity 4 stars
Catholic Medical Mission Board 4 stars
Convoy of Hope 4 stars
Direct Relief International 4 stars
Doctors Without Borders, USA 4 stars
Food for the Hungry 4 stars
International Rescue Committee 4 stars
Relief International 4 stars
Save the Children 4 stars
Stop Hunger Now 4 stars
World Vision 4 stars
American Red Cross 3 stars
GlobalGiving 3 stars
International Medical Corps 3 stars
Mercy Corps 3 stars
Operation USA 3 stars
Oxfam America 3 stars
Samaritan’s Purse 3 stars
ShelterBox USA 3 stars

Before and After Photos via New York Times

2 thoughts on “Images of Japan earthquake and tsunami: How to Help

  1. Very powerful images. I struggle to imagine the real experience of those who survived something so devastating. Be warned however: Research the charities above before donating. World Vision, for example, is explicitly dedicated to Christian evangelizing. I would hate to have anyone’s well meaning donations go to undermining Japanese cultural and religious traditions.

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