Building Resilience in Japan

 
$161,781
$38,219
Raised
Remaining
Oct 30, 2012

We Are So Close

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.

Oct 16, 2012

Making It Feel Like Home

Daycare Center
Daycare Center

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 Givingdoubling the impact of your investment in Japan’s future. We’ll see you back on Global Giving then!  

Sep 7, 2012

Uniting Evacuee Communities in Fukushima

A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.
A Taiko drum team performs for evacuees.

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!

Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Wanage is a popular pastime among evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.
Handicrafts made by evacuees.

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Jun 11, 2012

50% Closer to Changing a Life

We have exciting news we’d like to share with you!  Starting at 12:01 am EDT on June 13th, GlobalGiving will match online donations to our projects at 50%. 

This means that your gift will go 50% further to help families affected by tragedy overcome difficult obstacles for a happier, healthier future.

Consider giving again to Emergency Aid to Tsunami & Earthquake Survivors or see our many other projects helping devastated communities worldwide recover and rebuild.

And there is more.

The organization that raises the most funds on Bonus Day will receive an additional $1,000 from GlobalGiving.  And an additional $1,000 will be given to the organization with the most unique donors

There are $75,000 available in matching funds – we need you to act fast before they’re gone!  If you’ve been waiting for the right time to give, Wednesday is the day.  Please don’t hesitate.

Our lifesaving work is possible because of you.  Thank you in advance for your generosity. 

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Apr 9, 2012

1 Year Later: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Japan 1 Year Report
Japan 1 Year Report

More than a year ago, the northern coast of Japan was decimated following a massive earthquake and tsunami.  Countless people lost their lives, homes and business were destroyed, and radiation fears due to the damaged nuclear reactors in Fukushima have added to the emotional toll of the disaster, as communities continue the long process of recovery.

International Medical Corps was on-the-ground 48 hours after the earthquake, reaching 20,000 people at evacuation centers.                

Since then, we’ve partnered with local organizations and the Japanese government to:

  • Provide critical supplies and medicines to evacuees in temporary housing;
  • Improve access to, and quality of mental health services by strengthening the capacity of local organizations and first-responders;
  • Rebuild neighborhoods;
  • Offer employment opportunities for those who lost their livelihoods following the disaster.

Our progress was possible thanks to your generosity.  Please, take some time today and read our 1-year report detailing our work in Japan since March 2011. 

And on behalf of all of us at International Medical Corps, thank you so much for your support!

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Erica Tavares

Director, Resource Development
santa monica, CA United States

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