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mar 14, 2011

how to help japan

image courtesy of yanko design

on march 11th, 2011, an 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit japan north of tokyo, causing a devastating tsunami and immense damage on land. still battling power outages and explosions at nuclear plants, hundreds of thousands have been evacuated in the aftermath of the incident, whose death toll is expected to exceed 10,000 persons.

in the wake of the disaster, it is up to the rest of the world to help japan. give what you can, and spread the word to help others do the same.

emergency supplies + food

shelterbox already onground in japan and accepting donations online to increase the aid they can provide, the organization delivers boxes of emergency shelters, water, and vital supplies to families affected by disasters.

salvation army donate online, or text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a 10 USD donation from your phone balance.

medical aid

direct relief international working since friday  in the pacific rim, the organization coordinates volunteer efforts and offers medical assistance in emergencies, providing approximately 30 USD worth of medical materials and aid for every 1 USD donated. donate online.

doctors without borders (médecins sans frontières) the organization, which sends licensed doctors to offer free medical aid to those in need, is expanding the teams it has sent to northern Japan, and is accepting donations online.

international medical corps text MED to 80888 to make a 10 USD donation from your phone balance.

red cross visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a 10 USD donation from your phone balance. japan red cross society american red cross

onground response and distribution of funds

global giving donate online, or text JAPAN to 50555 (US residents) to make a 10 USD donation from your phone balance.

world vision donate online, or text 4JAPAN to 20222 to make a 10 USD donation from your phone balance.

other services

ARK: animal refuge kansai the organization is accepting volunteers and donations to help animals made homeless by the earthquake and tsunami.

google crisis response page the google crisis response page includes updated information and contact information about the disaster, a person finder, and donation box to the japanese red cross.

view the list of relief organizations rated by charity navigator to provide the best allocation of funds per donation.

image from designer tokujin yoshioka

  • Thank you, Designboom.
    Good luck Japan.

    nahoko says:
  • Thank you for your solidarity at this time of need –
    Radhika Seth [url=http://www.yankodesign.com] Yanko Design [/url]

    Radhika Seth says:
  • I am a Japanese Industrial Designer/student in the United States. I have been thinking what I can do to help my country other than just donating.

    I thought I could spread the voice of support by sharing a wallpaper.

    You can download the wallpaper I made [url=http://www.hirotakamatsui.com] here [/url]

    Click on top image to link to a donation site.
    Scroll down to the bottom to download Wallpaper

    God bless Japan!

    Hirotaka says:
  • You can send them letters to make them feel better and you can send food and donations to Japan.Help them please and if you want to donate money or anything to Japan and if you live in Ohio send it to Buckeye Woodland a school off of Buckeye street and we will send it to them for you.

    JoJo says:
  • I am a Russian in Ukraine. I have been thinking what I can do to help Japan other than just donating. I can help just my life. I’m a physicist and programmer. Working at Nuclear Power Plant. I’m ready to help Japan using my life. Just tell me how can I do it. My email is [email protected]. Thanks.

    God bless Japan!!!

    Vladimir says:
  • I have made an artwork as a fundraising effort. An Omamori, which is a protective amulets in Japanese Shinto religion. It’s supposed to ward off bad luck and keep the wearer safe.

    All you need to do, is to visit [url=http://dailynoodle.org/blog/?p=160] this link, and like+share the page on facebook. [/url] For every 100 likes it receives, I will donate £100 (appox. 0) in the name of Flying Spaghetti Monster, until the fund reaches the £1000 (00) goal.

    Please share the love and help Japan!

    Noodly says:
  • Thanks for putting this helpful list together.
    Hearts and thoughts to all survivors!

    Meli says:
  • The tragedy that has unfolded in Japan is unprecedented. We are all moved by the images and stories of those affected. Here at Architecture for Humanity we’ve have received an outpouring of emails, calls and donations from concerned folks who want to help. We thought we would send you an update letting you know how we are responding.

    We are in contact with design professionals and Architecture for Humanity volunteers in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. We are working with them to identify needs and next steps in the short- and long-term. We will continue to update you on the needs as we work to develop partnerships and projects.

    If you would like to aid this effort, please consider [url=http://architectureforhumanity.org/programs/2011-sendai-earthquake-and-tsunami] donating [/url]. If you have already made a donation, thank you. In the near term, these funds will support local Japanese professionals as they provide damage assessments during the emergency and transitional phase. Further down the road, funds will go toward aiding local agencies in providing housing and the reconstruction of social and cultural infrastructure, such as schools, clinics and cultural centers.

    You can also organize a fundraiser in your community. Contact us — [email protected] — to find out how.
    Please note: at the moment we will not be sending sponsored volunteers to Japan but will focus our efforts on supporting local professionals. However, if you’re interested in [url=http://architectureforhumanity.org/get_involved/volunteer] volunteering [/url], there are plenty of opportunities at our headquarters in San Francisco and with our chapters.

    On behalf of all those affected and our colleagues in Japan, thank you for your support.
    Very best,

    Architecture for Humanity says:
  • The huge quake and devastating tsunami has left the overwhelming damage to the country and we are still facing this terrifying conditions.

    As I have received the message from all over the world, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere appreciation for your warmest concerns.

    This is the time for us to think what we can really do. I have thought what I could do now, at this moment.
    I believe that there would be more than just watching the situation of this disaster on television to help the lives of people there
    I know I am not in place to ask such thing, yet one of the thing that we can do for the people in the afflicted area is to donate for their relief and recovery.
    There are babies in need of milk, people who has lost their families, and houses.

    Here are links to the donation for the relief and recovery of the Japanese earthquake and Pacific tsunami afflicted region:
    [url=http://sidmrwfs637j.origin.bakusoku.jp/english] Japanese Red Cross [/url]
    [url=http://american.redcross.org] American Red Cross [/url]
    Deepest Regards,

    We truly appreciate your support, even the very small support from your pocket, for the relief and recovery of my country.

    Tokujin Yoshioka says:
  • I am a Turkish medical doctor living in Istanbul. I would like to host a family from Japan until their conditions improve to return. My husband is Japanese and we have grown up children living abroad. Our home is silent and peaceful. We will cover all the expenses during their stay.
    Please inform anyone who could benefit from such offer.
    [email protected]

    S. Nakajima says:
  • Here in the US we recognize sister cities all over the world many in Japan. S.Nakajima and Veronika have a very good idea and I think US sister cities to Japanese cities could organize their citizens to open their homes to help the victims in Japan.

    When New Orleans was hit by Katrina these steps of temporary relocation were offered throughout the US.

    I am going to attend our city council meeting….

    cj says:
  • we know you long time ago as stronger people…u can pass this problem so soon,all Egyptian people pray for you..God with you..i wish i can help…my name is yousry serry .civil engineer

    yousry serry says:
  • Hi my name is Nina, am from Georgia – Caucasus, I understand that my country is too far from Japan, but me and my family are ready to invite some homeless family or two or three children or adults or students or anyone who needs to leave Japan for any time it is necessary. Please, do not hesitate to contact me I would be very happy to do something for those who suffer, my e-mail is [email protected]
    tel: +995 99 97 85 27, +995 32 21 51 20

    Nino Mchedlishvili says:
  • Hi,
    My name is Tsvetelina and I’m from Bulgaria. I know that we are too far from Japan, but my family is empathize with the pain of Japanese population and would invite some homeless family with children, who needs a help and wants to leave Japan. We offer free two rooms apartament independent, in quiet and calm city, and assistance to adapt to the environment.
    There is also a bulgarian village, which offers to shelter in a free and uninhabited houses more than 1000 Japanese.
    I will be happy, if I could help more needy people. My email is [email protected]
    tel: +359888550685

    Tsvetelina says:
  • We created a Facebook group called Youkoso.

    This group was created to as a meeting place for folks who are interested in hosting Japanese friends in their home. And for Japanese who maybe seeking such assistance.

    For those who are interested in opening their homes & hearts, please post
    – your location,
    – the number, age group you are willing to host
    – the duration
    – your contact info. (email at a minimum)

    Youkoso in Japanese means Welcome. 🙂

    RASK says:
  • Hi, please check this post for other ways to help. There are links to initiatives by artists, bloggers and crafters, and resources as well.
    [url=http://liberalsprinkles.blogspot.com/2011/03/japan-earthquake-tsunami-how-to-help.html] Japan earthquake, tsunami: How to help – liberal sprinkles [/url]

    Grace says:
  • Support the people of Japan with your spare change and every time you make a purchase. Enroll your credit or debit card with SwipeGood (www.swipegood.com) and select the World Vision Disaster Aid Fund (https://swipegood.com/charity/DRF/10dollars/) as your charity of choice. SwipeGood rounds up every purchase you make to the next dollar, donating the difference to the World Vision Disaster Aid Fund.

    http://blog.swipegood.com/support-the-victims-of-japans-earthquake-with says:
  • I ´m very upset about the katastrophe in your country. I think the way for me I can do something for you japanese poeple is, to give you a temporary home in my house in germany. I´ll like to give home one young family with until 4 kids. or two familys with each two kids. I´ll do this because I´feel responsibility as an human. Love Wolfgang Schneider. My e-mail adress is: [email protected] please contakt me!

    wolfgang Schneider says:

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