Thousands of people are dead or missing after a deadly earthquake and tsunami shattered much of Japan last Friday. Families have been torn apart, homes and settlements have been destroyed — and now a nuclear disaster threatens the survivors.
Governments and international institutions are sending relief aid, rescue teams, and nuclear experts to help Japan in its hour of need. But individuals can also help.
Here are some ways to do something for the people of Japan. Donations as small as U.S.$10 may be sent via mobile phone.
Please visit the websites of the organizations listed to find out more about their relief efforts in Japan.
Japan Relief Donations
Global Action Atlas
National Geographic, through GlobalGiving, will disburse funds to a variety of organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami, including International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground. Find out more.
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent
According to the IFRC: “Your gift will support the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Funds will be utilised for the on-going provision of immediate relief and for eventual recovery support to the affected population.”
Save the Children: Emergency Relief for Japan Quake
Toll free: 800-728-3843
Text JAPAN or 20222 to donate.
The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief
Text REDCROSS or 90999 to make $10 donation by text message.
Toll free: 800-SAL-ARMY
Text QUAKE or 80888 to donate $10
International Medical Corps
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10
Doctors Without Borders
Toll Free: 888-56-CHILD Text 4JAPAN to 20222 to donate $10
Animal Relief Efforts
Animal Refuge Kansai
The charity is appealing for help for the animals made homeless by the earthquake and tsunami. You may make a donation through PayPal.
Japan Cat Network
World Society for the Protection of Animals
WSPA is sending their own team of veterinarians to Japan.