Almost two years have passed since the devastating 9.0-earthquake struck Japan, initiating a massive tsunami and subsequent radiation crisis. International Medical Corps, on the ground within 48 hours, provided immediate assistance to at-risk populations and the government. As the focus on Japan today has shifted from emergency to recovery, International Medical Corps continues to provide vital support for community-based local partners. Our work in Japan will continue to evolve with local partners to address ongoing humanitarian needs and help communities rebuild – making them more resilient . Over the next year, International Medical Corps will continue to support recovery efforts of local partners, including creating several much-needed community spaces inFukushima where evacuees can access recreational workshops, counseling, and information on assistance programs.
International Medical Corps, with the Japanese government and other international NGOs, will also be collaborating on a long-term Disaster Preparedness Initiative that will focus on building capacity of local community-based organizations to respond to future disasters – preparing for an even faster response and helping to save lives in the future.
Thank you for your continued support of our Japan programs and of International Medical Corps. You make our work possible.
P.S. Mark your calendars – Global Giving will be matching donations to our Japan projects between March 1 and March 15th, dollar for dollar. This doubles the impact of your investment in Japan’s future!
We’re halfway through GlobalGiving’s Japan Matching Campaign and we still need your help to reach our goal. Through November 15, GlobalGiving is matching donations to our Japan projects 100%—doubling the impact of your contribution!
Consider this: To express his gratitude for International Medical Corps' work in Japan, the Mayor of Minami-Soma City, Fukushima Prefecture recently presented us with a letter of appreciation. The Mayor’s thanks came for our help in renovating a government-owned community center, which is currently being used as a vocational training center for the disabled. We installed new bathrooms and ramps to make the center handicap-accessible.
And this represents just one of the most recent examples of International Medical Corps’ community-building activities in the aftermath of Japan’s devastating tsunami and earthquake. We’ve been on the ground helping Japan rebuild since 48 hours after the disaster last year. All of our current projects focus on Fukushima, where the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was damaged and people remain evacuated from their homes.
To help you support our work, GlobalGiving will match your donations to our Japan projects dollar for dollar between November 1 and 15.
So make sure to give before November 15 to make your gift count twice.
Thank you for your invaluable support for the people of Japan!
GlobalGiving’s “Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign” will provide $100,000 in matching funds to projects that are related to earthquake and tsunami recovery activities in Tohoku, Japan. All (online ONLY) donations through Global Giving will be matched 100%, up to $1,000 per donor and $25,000 per organization. The campaign runs from 12:01am on November 1 to midnight on November 15, 2012.
We are only $24,307 away from reaching our campaign goal of $185,000! And thanks to an exciting campaign through Global Giving, this is our chance to reach it.
Between November 1 and 15, Global Giving will match your donations to our Japan projects dollar for dollar. If you donate $50, it becomes $100. If you donate $250, it becomes $500. You get the picture. Here’s why it matters:
As you well know, International Medical Corps was on the ground 48 hours after Japan’s tsunami and earthquake. We delivered essential items and health services to thousands of displaced families and evacuees—everything from food to household items to heaters and stoves for the cold winter months. And we stayed—because healing hearts and minds doesn’t happen overnight.
In the past several months, International Medical Corps has focused on addressing the trauma of Japanese citizens by providing vital mental health services and training local health providers. For example, we trained 86 staff members of the Tokyo English Life Line and 93 other frontline workers in psychological first aid and held 8 workshops for 300 parents and teachers on how to create a supportive environment for children.
International Medical Corps has also created several safe community spaces and forged long-term partnerships with local NGOs to link evacuees with critically-needed social services and support networks. For example, we run a daycare facility, in partnership with the International Volunteer Center of Yamagata, for the children of Fukushima evacuees and maintain several community spaces where all persons affected by the disaster can interact with one another and obtain essential information regarding relevant services.
Through these efforts and many more, we are helping to bring host and evacuee communities together to engage in community-building activities and support each other through Japan’s rebuilding process.
But we need your help to keep going.
Making a donation between November 1 and November 15 doubles your impact and ensures that International Medical Corps can continue to provide critical services to the Japanese people.
This means that we can reach our goal and, together, we can help heal Japan.
So make your donation today to make your donation count twice!
The three main areas of Tohoku that were affected by the March 2011 earthquake/tsunami include Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima, where the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant was damaged and people remain evacuated from their homes. All of International Medical Corps’ current projects focus on Fukushima.
Global Giving’s “Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign” will provide $100,000 in matching funds to projects that are related to earthquake and tsunami recovery activities in Tohoku, Japan. All (online ONLY) donations through Global Giving will be matched 100%, up to $1,000 per donor and $25,000 per organization. The campaign runs from 12:01am on November 1 to midnight on November 15, 2012.
A year and half has passed since Japan’s tsunami and earthquake, but many people have still not been able to return home due to high radiation levels in Fukushima, the site of Japan’s nuclear meltdown following the natural disasters.
It remains crucial that Fukushima’s evacuees continue to receive the support they need to thrive in their “homes away from home.” That’s why International Medical Corps brings host and evacuee communities together to jointly engage in recovery efforts and community-building activities.
Our latest collaboration supports evacuee mothers as they return to work or seek employment. We recently opened a daycare center in Fukushima prefecture with our local partner, International Volunteer Center of Yamagata, and a group of evacuee-mothers. The center provides a safe, nurturing environment for evacuee children so that their mothers can focus on earning a living and supporting their families. It is the first local, full-time facility of its kind.
One evacuee mother said, "When I read the news of the opening of the child care center and realized that there were people ready to support us, I was so happy that I couldn't stop crying."
Imagine that kind of joy. Know the part you played in it. And make sure to check out these photos to see what you’ve helped build.
As always, thank you for your unwavering support!
P.S. Mark your calendars for Global Giving’s upcoming “Tohoku Recovery Matching Campaign.” Every dollar you donate to our Japan projects between November 1 and 15 will be matched 100% by Global Giving—doubling the impact of your investment in Japan’s future. We’ll see you back on Global Giving then!
As part of our work to address the long-term needs of earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture, we’re supporting seven community spaces in temporary housing sites in Minami-Soma City and two community spaces in shopping malls in Iwaki City.
With the help of one of our local partners, Shapla Neer, one of the spaces we're supporting is called Buratto, which roughly translates into "swinging by". The community space is open six days a week in a shopping mall that is easily accessible to those living in the neighborhood. It offers a kids’ corner, a safe alternative for parents who feel uncomfortable letting their children play outside due to concerns about radiation exposure in Fukushima.
These community spaces are bringing together host and evacuee communities to support each other through the rebuilding process. We’re able to provide these safe spaces for survivors because of your support. On behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you!
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