i was thinking i should probably update my where-to-donate page, and checked on the link of global giving to see what they are doing these days to support disaster relief in japan…it’s impressive! and i’m happy to see how they are altering their activities to respond to the current phase and changing needs. here’s a few notes from their website:
Rebuilding Japan, By Britt Lake – GlobalGiving staff
In areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March, thousands of people continue to live in evacuation centers. With so much rebuilding to do, the government still hasn’t reached places like the small seaside village of Yubigahama, where debris sits uncleared and roads remain impassable. The Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), supported by your donation to the GlobalGiving Japan Relief Fund, recently set up six container houses in an area where 80% of the surrounding town was devastated by the tsunami.
As volunteers and residents helped to set up the container houses, Ms. Suzuki, one of the new residents told AAR: “Right now, four families are living in this evacuation center. I never thought I would care about the lack of privacy, because we have known each other for so long.”
Ms. Suzuki moved into her new container house after two months of living in the evacuation center with four family members. “Living together for two months has been mentally exhausting. We don’t have any space to discuss family matters privately. I’m really thankful just to have a space for our families to sleep on our own.”
AAR plans to set up another 24 container houses in the area, and has had requests to set up additional container homes in Minami-Sanriku and Ishinomaki.
Architecture for Humanity is also working to rebuild communities destroyed by the tsunami and earthquake with support from your donation to the GlobalGiving Japan Relief Fund. In Motoyoshi, Miyagi, Architecture for Humanity is completing a covered wooden deck made of timber salvaged from the tsunami to serve as the center of a future marketplace. Several local businesses that lost their storefront have already signed up for spots at this market
Nearly two months after Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, here at GlobalGiving we are shifting the focus of our funding from emergency aid to more medium-and long-term support for people affected by the disaster. Our continuing priority has been to support Japanese organizations and citizens who are managing their own recovery processes, and over $3 million of your donations have gone towards these efforts.
For example, support through Japan Platform helped to supply over 100 Japanese volunteers including local teachers, parents, firefighters who worked together to clean up and re-open Kesennuma Kindergarten.
Although some families and teachers are still staying in the Kesennuma schools as shelters overnight, classes have resumed during the day. “I could not wait for this day to come,” said one of the children during a re-opening ceremony, “I was not able to meet my friends for a long time.” The disaster relief funds helped provide packages of school supplies for the students and classrooms, allowing children to go back to school and to develop a normal routine again.
Our Japan Platform partners are also supporting other much-needed services for survivors, including legal advice for citizens of the Iwate prefecture. Legal counselors are helping victims answer tough questions like, “What do I do about the mortgage I have on a home that was destroyed by the tsunami?”
Thanks to your continuing generosity, this week we disbursed an additional $310,000 to support Japanese organizations in their medium- and long-term rebuilding efforts. These funds are going to:
- Peace Winds, to support rebuilding in fishing and elderly communities ($100,000)
- Association for Aid and Relief – for continued distribution of goods to affected areas ($150,000)
- Japanese Emergency NGOs – to support employment efforts in affected areas ($60,000)
i’ll update my donate page soon, but for now i will just say keep supporting global giving!