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Jan 30, 2012

A New Year starts for Tohoku

Peace Winds America -
Peace Winds America -

In two months, a year will have passed since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the communities of Tohoku.  It has been a terribly difficult year for those who lost their family members, friends, and homes.  However, because of your  donations, GlobalGiving's partners in Japan have contributed to a steady recovery in the region.  We would like to once again thank all of you for your generosity!

We continue to allocate funds to our partners in the field, helping them to give heaters to keep evacuees warm in their temporary housing, delivering daily supplies, holding events to keep the ties of the communities strong, and more.  We are planning on expanding our partnerships further, and we will continue to distribute your donations to organizations that will help the recovery of the region more directly.

Here are some highlights of the activities that our partners have accomplished with your support since our last report:

Associations of Aid and Relief (AAR Japan)

AAR JAPAN has been providing rehabilitation and health-related services, mobile clinics, sanitation services, psychological care, and community interaction & exchange events for roughly 3,000 people, focusing on persons with disabilities, the elderly, displaced people, and people staying in temporary housing in the disaster-affected areas of Miyagi and Iwate prefectures. Through these comprehensive efforts, AAR JAPAN continues to support people in the disaster zone as they work to maintain both their physical and mental health.

Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN)

JEN continues to coordinate volunteer activities in wider community.  To date almost 4,000 JEN volunteers contributed to clean both public and private properties. In addition, JEN is now supporting fishermen who work in the  fish production industry who were forced to stop their business for nearly 7 months due to a shortage of tools and a lack of human resources. JEN is helping by providing financial and volunteer support to this community. JEN is reaching the remote area of Ishinomaki, an area that had been previously abandoned for months. JEN works to establish good relationships with locals, helping with both physical and psycho-social recovery. This holistic approach is essential in order to fight massive depopulation as the remote area, as the area was suffering from depopulation even before the disaster hit the area.

Peace Winds

Peace Winds is helping to keep 8,000 families warm this winter. Many of the temporary housing units in Iwate Prefecture lack adequate heat.  As temperatures cooled this fall, local governments identified 8,000 households that were vulnerable to the freezing temperatures.  Lacking funds, the municipal governments is partnering with Peace Winds to keep 8,000 families will stay warm this winter. 

Though much has been done, it will take more months and years to restore the communities back to where they were before March 11, 2011.  Your support is greatly appreciated.  If you would like to read additional updates, please visit our Japan Relief and Recovery updates page

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AAR Japan -
Jan 27, 2012

Turkey Earthquake Relief Fund January Update

Van community members - Turkish Philanthropy Fund
Van community members - Turkish Philanthropy Fund

Hello GlobalGivers!

In the months following the earthquake in Van, Turkey, disaster relief efforts have turned towards long-term recovery. Your donations have been helping to keep families warm throughout this cold winter and to rebuild workshops and classrooms for women and children living in Van. In order to provide relief where it is most needed, GlobalGiving is partnering with the Turkish Philanthropy Fund, the Bridge to Turkiye Fund, and the Fuel Relief Fund.

This month, GlobalGiving disbursed $19,587.61 to the Turkish Philanthropy Fund (TPF), which partners with organizations active in Turkey. TPF held direct meetings with organizations in Turkey in November 2011 in order to identify projects that would be responsive to the immediate needs of earthquake survivors while also having a longer-term impact.

Among other partner organizations, TPF is forwarding your donation to:

HADD - Hisar Anadolu Destekleme Dernegi or the Hisar Anatolian Support Society. HADD was active in Van, Turkey prior to the earthquake, providing weaving workshops for women to develop income generation skills. Three of HADD’s buildings were damaged in the earthquake, putting its women out of work. TPF is providing funds to supply three prefabricated buildings so that HADD women can go back to work, earning income for themselves and their families.

VAKAD - Van Kadin Dernegi, or the Van Women's Association in English, has been active in the area since 2004. VAKAD’s primary goals are to address gender-based violence and women’s economic independence in the area by providing support to women in addition to trainings on human rights and health. Since the earthquake, VAKAD has been supplying emergency relief materials such as food, clothing, and tents to survivors and looking after some of Van’s most vulnerable populations, such as the disabled and the elderly.

GlobalGiving disbursed $10,000 this month to The Bridge to Turkiye Fund. Among its projects, the Bridge to Turkiye Fund is providing funds to support the reconstruction of Van University. The October 2011 earthquake damaged the university buildings, putting classes out of session until the end of February.  Van University provides a path to success for disadvantaged students in the region, providing them with a path to economic success. The money will support the construction of a single-story 17,000 square foot building that will contain 10 classrooms so that students will have a space to learn.

In addition, GlobalGiving sent $5,250 this month to support the work of the Fuel Relief Fund, which provides free fuel in whatever form is most useful to survivors of disasters. These funds will provide enough fuel to warm 75 families for one month this winter. Watch this great video to see the Fuel Relief Fund in action!

The needs in Turkey are still great, as many people continue to live in tents because their homes were destroyed. However, your donation is helping the residents of Van, Turkey, rebuild their community so that they can continue on with their lives.

Thank you again for your generous donation.

Tents in Van - Turkish Philanthropy Fund
Tents in Van - Turkish Philanthropy Fund


Jan 27, 2012

Drought and Famine Relief Fund January Update

Girl receives food and water from Mercy Corps
Girl receives food and water from Mercy Corps

Hello GlobalGivers!

Thank you so much for your donation to Horn of Africa Drought and Famine Relief Fund! Together, we have raised $53,760 to support relief programs dedicated to saving lives. Your generosity is providing food and water and other emergency supplies throughout Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, and Uganda. Although millions of people living in the Horn of Africa are still affected by the drought and famine, your donations are making a positive difference in the following ways:

Lifeline Energy is distributing solar and wind-up radios to new refugees who have fled the famine so that they can have access to information on how to sign up for food rations and find their family members.

ActionAid International is providing 120,000 people with emergency food and water supplies. ActionAid is feeding many children at school so that they continue pursuing their education to become the leaders of the future.

International Medical Corps has deployed an Emergency Response Team to provide food, water, and sanitation supplies to people living in refugee camps in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia. They are training local health care workers and communities to respond to the food crisis.

Mercy Corps is reaching out to people in towns and villages so that they don’t need to move to overcrowded refugee camps. In some areas, food is available, but food prices have skyrocketed. Therefore Mercy Corps is delivering food vouchers in addition to water and water purification.  

Edesia, Inc is providing a nutritionally-fortified peanut paste called Plumpy’Nut to children and families suffering from severe malnutrition. With Plumpy’Nut, children can make a full recovery from malnutrition within 4-10 weeks.

Save the Children is supplying emergency nourishment to children in the form of food, water, medicine, and nutritional supplements. They are also helping mothers regain their strength so that they can nurse their babies again.

MADRE is supporting Womankind Kenya to provide nutritious food, emergency water supplies, health kits and oral rehydration salts to mothers and their children.

Retrak is responding to children who fled to the city to escape the famine. Many of these children live on the streets, so Retrak is providing outreach, sports, medical care, food and shelter, counseling, education, and resettlement with families or foster families to help these children “realize their potential and discover their worth.”

Relief International is screening children for malnutrition and has treated close to 2,000 children through feeding programs. They have also started long-lasting projects such as rainwater collection and well-drilling to help prevent famine from recurring in the future.

US Association for UNHCR funds the United Nations Refugee Agency’s work protecting and providing for refugees around the world. In the Horn of Africa, new arrivals are flowing steadily into UN refugee camps. Your donation will help to deliver blankets, high energy biscuits, tents, and other relief supplies to those who have left their homes in search of food and water.

Merlin USA is active in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Somalia, running health facilities and mobile clinics. Merlin is identifying and treating children suffering from malnutrition, providing nutritional supplements, and providing health care to men, women, and children.

World Concern is providing emergency food, water, and supplies to the most vulnerable populations affected by the famine. They are also working to expand the capacity of existing wells by operating pumps 24 hours a day.


In addition to emergency relief, many of our partners are investing in wells, rainwater collection, and farming to help families become better at surviving future droughts; working to prevent such catastrophic famines from occurring in the future.


Thank you again for your generous donation. 

Internally displaced persons in Ethiopia - Merlin
Internally displaced persons in Ethiopia - Merlin


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