Japan Quake – Update

12 Mar

28 April 2011
Adding the Salvation Army to the list of organisations active in Japan. They are working in the Sendai and Rikuzen-takada areas distributing hot meals, bottled water and daily necessities. Salvation Army are actively fundraising to support their efforts.

19 April 2011
It’s been over a month now, and the disaster in Japan keeps getting more complex. As a result, I have updated this post with newer information. Also new is information on Habitat for Humanity who are doing assessment work on the ground. Will keep on updating this post as needed. If you know of charities with offices in Hong Kong who are actively involved in Japan, please don’t hesitate to comment so that I can add them too.

22 March 2011
I’ve updated and added more links to this posting…

Going a little off topic at the moment, but I am sure that everyone is gripped by the unfolding events as I am. Here are ways you can get involved; the following organizations with offices in Hong Kong are active on the ground providing valuable assistance:

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity (HFH) is assessing the immediate and long-term needs in Japan, and liaising with government authorities and other non-governmental organizations to develop a clear response operation which could last for up to two years. At the current stage, HFH is looking for donations to support the long-term relief operations.

Hong Kong Red Cross
The Japanese Red Cross Society is conducting needs assessment, as well as providing relief, first aid, health and possible psychological support services to the affected areas. The Hong Kong Red Cross is offering emergency tracing services.

Medecins Sans Frontiers
On Saturday evening, the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) assessment team reached the area of northeast Japan hit by the devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

Save the Children
Save the Children is mobilizing a response to the disaster in Japan with a focus on helping the youngest victims.
See also this update

UNICEF Hong Kong
The Japan Committee and the US Fund for UNICEF have immediately made an emergency appeal to fully support the people of Japan, especially children, in the aftermath of the triple catastrophe. The organisation and the US National Committee have swiftly sprung into action to assist local emergency relief operation. A joint UN assessment mission is also being deployed to Japan. UNICEF’s relief assistance to Japan’s focus is in supporting its government through technical and specialist expertise with focuses on child protection and psychosocial support. Supplies such as ‘school-in-a-box’ and recreation kits would also be procured to ensure children’s right to quality education and to help them overcome the effects of the disaster.

Another organization that I would like to mention is ShelterBox which is a Rotary Club project. ShelterBox is already on the ground and will be focusing their efforts on the worst affected areas in Japan’s north.

ShelterBox was founded by Tom Henderson, a Rotarian and former Royal Navy search and rescue diver, who saw that the aid response to most disasters was in the form of food and medicine to help people survive the immediate aftermath, with little or no assistance given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox was launched in 2000 to fill that void.

Essentially a ShelterBox is a self contatined box which is tailored to a disaster but typically contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family of then, with blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

Oxfam Japan is channeling assistance to several local organizations providing help to vulnerable populations that might otherwise have difficulty accessing aid.

And don’t forget the many Pacific island nations that may be affected by tsunami over the next couple of days. Organisations like Oxfam are on the ground, ensuring that the situation is closely monitored so that aid can be delivered quickly when needed.


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