How To Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options

How To Help Japan: Earthquake Relief Options

Japan Earthquake 2011
 

On March 11, 2011, a huge 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan, causing widespread....

President Obama has already released a statement sending "deepest condolences" and promising support to the stricken country.

"The United States stands ready to help the Japanese people in this time of great trial."

Additionally, many organizations and funds have mobilized to provide relief to those affected by the disaster.

In response to the quake, The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.

Save the Children has also responded. Eiichi Sadamatsu of the organization released a statement, saying:

"We are extremely concerned for the welfare of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. We stand ready to meet the needs of children who are always the most vulnerable in a disaster."

The organization is currently organizing efforts and donations to their Children's Emergency Fund will support their outreach.

The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds for relief organizations helping victims and has already raised thousands, particularly from concerned Twitter users around the world. The project page explains:

This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.

For any who have loved ones abroad, Google has stepped up to help. Along with a tsunami alert posted on their front page, they've launched the Person Finder to help connect people that may have been displaced due to the disaster.

 

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thank you Leila. I often question with my own donations whether the Red Cross is the best option. In Haiti and other crisis the money via Red Cross did not make it there. I have heard some survivors report that during Tsunami Thailand there were Red Cross volunteers that were of immeasurable importance to the people there, so I do not want to say anything less than respectful for that. But also, reports that other than the many volunteers and certain efforts that do great work, humanitarian work through the Red Cross, the majority of the actual monetary donations don't get there.

 

I had a friend in NYC many years ago who worked for awhile at Red Cross NY. I feel bad saying this but she said the executives there lived big high lives and that money was going into their pockets, multiple homes, big vacation expenditures etc. and wasn't always dispersed to the actual areas of need with integrity. If I am wrong today, I do apologize. But I know that during Haiti I sent my donation to a smaller grass-roots organization that was actually doing leg-work there.

 

I don't know, it's confusing sometimes. So much money was donated to Haiti, and we want to be sure that this time it goes directly to helping the people who need it. Any more info on this topic from anyone else appreciated. But thank you sincerely for this post.

 

In the meantime, some beautiful words today from Thich Nhat Hahn:

 

Thich Nhat Hanh: Message to Friends in Japan
Dear friends in Japan,   As we contemplate the great number of people who have died in this tragedy, we may feel very strongly that we ourselves, in some part or manner, also have died.   The pain of one part of humankind is the pain of the whole of humankind. And the human species and the planet Earth are one body. What happens to one part of the body happens to the whole body.   An event such as this reminds us of the impermanent nature of our lives. It helps us remember that what's most important is to love each other, to be there for each other, and to treasure each moment we have that we are alive. This is the best that we can do for those who have died: we can live in such a way that they continue, beautifully, in us.   Here in France and at our practice centers all over the world, our brothers and sisters will continue to chant for you, sending you the energy of peace, healing and protection. Our prayers are with you.   Thich Nhat Hanh

I agree that there may be better charities to give through than the red cross. Which to use is a personal decision, there are guides and resources out there that analyze charities and make suggestions for people with various concerns.

I have also heard concerns around red cross being discriminatory in it's aid of LGBT community members.

That being said, some money definitely does get through, and it's likely better if one can spare it, to make a contribution that will only be partly used, than make no contribution at all.

 

There's a beautiful prayer going around the globe today at noon. If you missed it, you can always participate at any time, the energy is still there.

 

In any case, for those interested:

 

 

Thursday NOON In all Time zones - prayer for the healing of our Great Ocean..... 
 
Hi Sweet Sisters,
 
The waters around the nuclear power plant in Japan could use our prayers (and we all know how powerful prayer can be).  Dr. Emoto has put out a request for the following prayer tomorrow at noon.  May all the prayers of all the people bring healing to these waters, and to all the beings that are affected by the devastation.
 
Much love,
Gahana

 
Please offer your sincere prayer.

 


The invitation - 

 

 
To All People Around the World
 
Please send your prayers of love and gratitude to water at the nuclear plants in Fukushima , Japan !
 

 
By the massive earthquakes of Magnitude 9 and surreal massive tsunamis, more than 10,000 people are still missing…even now… It has been 16 days already since the disaster happened. What makes it worse is that water at the reactors of Fukushima Nuclear Plants started to leak, and it’s contaminating the ocean, air and water molecule of surrounding areas.
 
Human wisdom has not been able to do much to solve the problem, but we are only trying to cool down the anger of radioactive materials in the reactors by discharging water to them.
 
Is there really nothing else to do?
 
I think there is. During over twenty year research of hado measuring and water crystal photographic technology, I have been witnessing that water can turn positive when it receives pure vibration of human prayer no matter how far away it is.
 
Energy formula of Albert Einstein, E=MC2 really means that Energy = number of people and the square of people’s consciousness.
 
Now is the time to understand the true meaning. Let us all join the prayer ceremony as fellow citizens of the planet earth.   I would like to ask all people, not just in Japan , but all around the world to please help us to find a way out the crisis of this planet!!The prayer procedure is as follows.
 

 
Name of ceremony:“Let’s send our thoughts of love and gratitude to all water in the nuclear plants in Fukushima ”
 
Day and Time:March 31st, 2011 (Thursday)12:00 noon in each time zone
 
Please say the following phrase:“The water of Fukushima Nuclear Plant, we are sorry to make you suffer.  Please forgive us.  We thank you, and we love you.”
 
Please say it aloud or in your mind. Repeat it three times as you put your hands together in a prayer position.
 
Please offer your sincere prayer. 
 

 
Thank you very much from my heart.
 
With love and gratitude,Masaru EmotoMessenger of Water
 

 
http://www.youtube.com/user/WATERLOVEANDTHANKS

I too wish prayers for Japan and to mother earth and everywhere. Visualizaing blessings of love and light.

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