Nearly two months after Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, here at GlobalGiving we are shifting the focus of our funding from emergency aid to more medium-and long-term support for people affected by the disaster. Our continuing priority has been to support Japanese organizations and citizens who are managing their own recovery processes, and over $3 million of your donations have gone towards these efforts. For example, support through Japan Platform helped to supply over 100 Japanese volunteers including local teachers, parents, firefighters who worked together to clean up and re-open Kesennuma Kindergarten. Although some families and teachers are still staying in the Kesennuma schools as shelters overnight, classes have resumed during the day. "I could not wait for this day to come," said one of the children during a re-opening ceremony, "I was not able to meet my friends for a long time." The disaster relief funds helped provide packages of school supplies for the students and classrooms, allowing children to go back to school and to develop a normal routine again. Our Japan Platform partners are also supporting other much-needed services for survivors, including legal advice for citizens of the Iwate prefecture. Legal counselors are helping victims answer tough questions like, "What do I do about the mortgage I have on a home that was destroyed by the tsunami?" Thanks to your continuing generosity, this week we disbursed an additional $310,000 to support Japanese organizations in their medium- and long-term rebuilding efforts. These funds are going to:
We'll send another update in a few weeks to share the stories of how these funds were put to work. For the most up-to-date info on the Japan recovery fund, please follow us on Twitter (@GlobalGiving) or "like" our Facebook Page. In addition, you can read updates from our partners on GlobalGiving's "Updates from Japan" page. Thank you again for your support, Britt Lake and the GlobalGiving Team
Its hard to believe that it's been over a month since the earthquake and tsunami that took 11,000 lives in Japan. Thousands remain missing, and more than 170,000 people are living in evacuation centers where they are still relying on the Japanese government and aid organizations for basic necessities and medical support. Fuel shortages and cold temperatures have exacerbated the situation, and there continues to be a genuine threat of nuclear contamination to the air, food, and water.
To date, GlobalGiving and GlobalGiving UK have disbursed more than $3 million to 14 organizations: Architecture for Humanity, Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), Civic Force, International Medical Corps, Japan Platform, Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN), Lifeline Energy, Mercy Corps, Peace Winds, Save the Children, Shelter Box, Shine Humanity, and Telecom for Basic Human Needs (BHN).
While GlobalGiving's partners continue to provide basic necessities such as food, fuel, and medical care, organizations have also begun to address the ongoing and future needs of those affected by the disaster:
Many of our partners have begun to develop long-term plans for recovery. Architecture for Humanity is committed to the physical rebuilding of communities, while Telecom for Basic Human Needs has developed a plan for reestablishing radio infrastructure in collaboration with Japan Platform. Others plan to provide long-term psycho-social and livelihood support to help impacted communities get back on their feet.
Most of these organizations have posted their own projects on GlobalGiving’s site. If you are inclined to provide additional support, we encourage you to do so by supporting the project that resonates with you most. You can view these Japan relief projects on GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk.
Over the next six to eight weeks, GlobalGiving expects to continue to receive significant funds from corporate matching campaigns, cause-marketing promotions, and individual donors. On our blog you can read more about how GlobalGiving's corporate partners are contributing. In addition, GlobalGiving UK's partnership with JustGiving continues to provide an easy way for individuals and corporations to fundraise for disaster relief projects. Ocado, the home delivery company, used JustGiving's platform to raise £200,000 from staff and customers for Mercy Corps' project on GlobalGiving.
These additional funds will make it possible for GlobalGiving to continue to support intermediate and long-term recovery efforts. We will continue to update you via email, although probably a little less frequently going forward. For more up-to-date info on our work, please follow us on Twitter (@GlobalGiving) or "like" our Facebook Page. In addition, you can read updates from our partners on GlobalGiving's "Updates from Japan" page.
Thank you again for your support, Britt Lake and the GlobalGiving Team
On Friday, March 11th, Kathryn Pombriant Manzella awoke in San Diego to an email from Ayumi Horie, her best friend of 30 years. Ayumi, a potter, wanted Kathryn’s support to organize an online art auction to raise money for survivors of the earthquake and tsunami that had just hit Japan. The two had always shared a love of Japan and art and decided to channel this passion to help those affected by the disaster. With the help of another long-time friend, Ai Kanazawa Cheung, as well as volunteers, family, and other friends, Handmade for Japan was born. Within two weeks, Handmade for Japan had mobilized the support of dozens of artists and galleries to host an eBay auction of 120 pieces of art. The auction raised more than $75,000 for GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, garnered media attention for the Japan relief effort, and attracted over 5,000 followers to the cause.
Ayumi Horie, Kathryn Pombriant Manzella and Ai Kanazawa Cheung plan via Skype.
Like Ayumi and Kathryn, hundreds of other donors leapt into action after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, rallying support for the relief effort via GlobalGiving. From bake sales to t-shirt sales and celebrity events, the response has been amazing. For example, Anime fans and gamers have raised more than $80,000 hosting live video game streams, including Level|Up x iPlayWinner’s online "Fight for Relief."
High school and college students throughout the US banded together with fraternities, sororities, service clubs, and fellow classmates to organize events and host virtual fundraisers. University of Maryland Professor Larry Shinagawa organized a fundraiser in the DC area that raised nearly $25,000. And caring donors like you organized benefit concerts, comedy shows, garage sales, road trips, relay races, and even a Martian Marathon (whatever that is), raising thousands of dollars to help the people of Japan.
Joining these "everyday heroes" have been some names you might recognize. Singer Jack Johnson, actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Ken Watanabe, and heavy-metal band Megadeth have all raised funds for GlobalGiving's efforts. And we are excited to count among our "tweeters" Katy Perry, Simon Pegg, Moby, Christy Turlington, Jaime Camil, and Star Trek's original Mr. Sulu, George Takai. Businesses as diverse as Dell, Liquidnet, American Pressed Bakery, ClippieCollections, and Summerfield Childcare have donated and encouraged employees and customers to give. (See more on our blog.)
Gap Inc, a long-time partner of GlobalGiving, has been a standout among this generous crowd, having mobilized to support GlobalGiving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund from all directions, proving Gap Inc’s genuine commitment to doing what’s right:
From employees to corporate matches to inspiring its customers, the Gap Inc community has already donated or committed more than $500,000 of funding to our partners on the ground.
As a result of the generosity of those mentioned above and more than 34,000 individual donors, GlobalGiving disbursed an additional $500,000 to Japanese relief organizations on Thursday, March 31st. $100,000 was given to each of the following organizations: Association for Aid and Relief (AAR), Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), Civic Force, Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN), and Japan Platform. In the coming weeks, we will continue to keep you updated about the work that these and other organizations are doing in Japan and to share stories of impact from the field.
Thank you again for your support, Britt Lake and the GlobalGiving Team
Mr. and Mrs. Sato are currently staying with 200+ other people on a high school gym floor in Mirami Sanriku Cho, a city in northern Japan. Their home was destroyed by the recent earthquake and resulting tsunami, leaving the couple trapped for nearly two days with about 500 other elderly individuals. Several weeks after disaster struck Japan, individuals like Mr. and Mrs. Sato are still relying heavily on aid organizations. Read Mr. and Mrs. Sato's full story. Because of your generosity, GlobalGiving has disbursed more than $1.5 million to organizations on the ground providing basic necessities, medical care, childcare, and ongoing support to hundreds of thousands of people. We have received frequent reports, stories, and photos from our partners, which we have shared below. Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) - AMDA's team of 88 — including volunteer doctors, nurses, and therapists — is working in evacuation shelters in Kamaishi City and Ohtsuchicho in Iwate Prefecture and Minamisanriku-cho in Miyagi Prefecture. In one shelter doctors reported seeing 50-80 patients daily. AMDA is using electric vehicles to deliver mobile clinic services to shelters and people's homes in remote areas. They are using other means to enter sites in mountainous areas where road access is difficult. Read updates on AMDA's website. Peace Winds - In addition to ongoing relief work in Kesennuma, Peace Winds has expanded relief operations to Rikuzentakata and Ofunato in Iwate Prefecture and Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture. Peace Winds continues to manage, ship, and distribute emergency relief supplies at evacuation centers in these cities. In response to the severe cold in the northeast prefectures, Peace Winds, in collaboration with Civic Force, recently delivered 510 kerosene stoves and thousands of liters of kerosene to help heat evacuation shelters. Read updates on Peace Wind's website. Japan Platform - Japan Platform, a network of Japanese NGOs, businesses, and local governments, is coordinating the work of 24 partner organizations, channeling funding and resources to them based on expertise and location. Japan Platform is providing grants and logistical assistance to its partners, which have responded to the emergency by offering medical services, daycare, internet access, and more. See where Japan Platform's partners are working. Save the Children - Save the Children is operating nine "Child Friendly Spaces" in evacuation centers in Northeast Japan. This gives children, who are otherwise suffering from nightmares, anxiety, and boredom, the chance to laugh, play, and interact with other children. Read more about Save the Children's "Child Friendly Spaces." Telecom for Basic Human Needs (BHN) - BHN has created seven internet access points throughout Iwate Prefecture, making it possible for those affected to access information and to connect with family. BHN has constructed a temporary internet infrastructure using a wireless mesh network. Now, BHN is working to repair radio equipment and organize community radio broadcasts detailing important information about safety and support services. BHN is also distributing wind-up radios to facilitate access to information. International Medical Corps - Working closely with the Japanese government to fill gaps in the disaster relief effort, International Medical Corps is providing mental health services to disaster survivors and supporting vulnerable displaced groups such as the elderly, single women, and children. International Medical Corps has delivered packaged baby foods and medications including nasal sprays, antihistamines, and eye drops. They have also helped to improve communication between evacuation and coordination centers by distributing laptops, satellite phones, and walkie-talkies. Read International Medical Corps' update on GlobalGiving. Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN) - Over the past several weeks, JEN has expanded its work into some of the least accessible areas that are still receiving little support, such as the towns of Minamisanriku, Higashimatsushima, Onagawa and Ishimaki. JEN has continued to assess needs in these areas and to distribute much needed supplies, including clothing, sanitary items, and fresh food. In the long-term, JEN plans to help individuals return home or resettle and ultimately rebuild a sustainable local economy and livelihood. Read updates on JEN's blog. Civic Force - Civic Force has played a valuable role in facilitating the distribution of donated supplies throughout Northeast Japan. Earlier this week, Civic Force unloaded two four-ton trucks of rice donated through Yahoo! in Kesennuma. Last week, Civic Force distributed 19,000 pairs of shoes and socks donated by Nike as well as six four-ton trucks of fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious foods. Civic Force has also begun to plan for the construction of temporary shelters for families currently living in evacuation shelters. Read updates from Civic Force's website. Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) - AAR continues to assess and respond to the needs of elderly and disabled individuals. AAR is distributing much-needed supplies — flashlights, food, water, and kerosene — to welfare facilities for people with disabilities, evacuation shelters, and makeshift refuges in Miyagi Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture. Read detailed updates on AAR's blog. Lifeline Energy - Lifeline Energy is working with Oxfam Japan to distribute 15,000 Polaris all-in-one radio, light and cell-phone chargers by early April. Polaris radios, which access Japan's unique radio frequency, will enable disaster survivors to receive updates about support services, radiation levels, weather forecasts, and more. The LED light will help families navigate in darkness, and the cell phone charger will make it possible for people to connect. Lifeline Energy will be distributing Polaris radios to the elderly in Tohuku Kanto region. Read a recent update Lifeline Energy's website. Architecture for Humanity - Architecture for Humanity, in collaboration with members of its Kyoto Chapter, is conducting door-to-door needs assessments in Sendai. This assessment is being used to inform Architecture for Humanity's long-term plan for rebuilding and recovery. Architecture for Humanity is working with design professionals to design safe and sustainable community buildings, health clinics, schools, and hospitals. Read updates on Architecture for Humanity's website. To see all Japan relief updates, visit www.globalgiving.org/japan-updates. Thank you again for your support, Britt Lake and the GlobalGiving Team
Two weeks have passed since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami hit Japan, and the needs are becoming clearer. This morning it was reported that the official death toll crossed 10,000. More than 17,000 people have been reported missing and 245,000 people are dependent upon evacuation centers for shelter after their homes and communities were destroyed.
Through your support, over $2 million has been raised for the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, and GlobalGiving has been able to quickly send funds to partners on the ground that are providing medical and other emergency support to fill immediate needs. Today we announced a second round of grants totaling nearly $1 million − $825,000 of which is coming from donations you’ve made to the Fund. This round of grants is being made exclusively to Japanese NGOs working on emergency relief. These seven groups, and the funding they are receiving from GlobalGiving, are listed in the chart below Japan Platform and Peace Winds, two organizations we described in our last update, are receiving their second grants from the Fund. Descriptions of the five additional organizations receiving grants in this second round, and the work they are currently carrying out in Japan, are below: Japanese Emergency NGOs (JEN) - Japanese Emergency NGOs was founded as a coalition of relief workers with experience in overseas disasters. More than a decade ago, JEN became an independent NGO implementing disaster relief work. JEN is coordinating with local government and at the grassroots level to deliver blankets and food in the short term, and it has two teams in the affected areas assessing its long-term response. Civic Force - Civic Force was founded with a specific focus on domestic emergency response in Japan. The team is currently sending ten trucks a day carrying supplies to 150-200 camps in the affected areas. Its initial focus was on blankets and shelter, but delivery is now focused on necessary medicine and food. In the coming months, Civic Force is looking to assist with long-term recovery, particularly around rubble removal and rebuilding in communities that were destroyed. Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) - The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia, founded in Japan in 1984, began sending mobile clinics to provide medical relief to survivors in the first week after the disaster. More than 30 people on 10 teams have visited evacuation camps in two affected Prefectures, including doctors, nurses, and logistics experts. Almost all of the doctors are volunteering their time, so AMDA can use donations effectively to purchase medical supplies and get personnel and medicine to the afflicted areas. Association for Aid and Relief (AAR) – The Association for Aid and Relief was founded in Japan in 1979, and now has offices in 13 countries with more than 200 staff around the world. AAR began distributing food and non-food items to survivors in affected areas just three days after the earthquake. AAR is focusing primarily on reaching the elderly and disabled, who may not be covered by the larger, government-supported evaluation camps. Telecom for Basic Human Needs (BHN) - BHN was created by the telecommunications industry in 1992 to provide development assistance and disaster relief in the form of radio, internet, and other IT-specific support. Already, BHN has begun work to provide logistics for a mobile clinic in Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture and to build an internet-based wireless mesh network in Iwate Prefecture. Funds from GlobalGiving will support BHN’s efforts to rebuild local community FM radio stations to broadcast local news, programs for kids, and English programs for foreigners. In addition to the grants described above, we are also disbursing more than $100,000 of funds raised in the last week by organizations with specific Japan relief projects on GlobalGiving.org. GlobalGiving UK will be sending an additional £10,000, split among four organizations: AAR, International Medical Corps UK, JEN, and Peace Winds. In the coming weeks, we will continue to tell you how donations to the Fund are being allocated and share stories about the impact your contributions are making possible for the people affected by this disaster. Let us know on the project wall what you would like to hear about in these updates, and please read our blog for more context on our activities. Our hearts continue to go out to the people of Japan, as well as to the tireless humanitarian workers and volunteers on the ground. We are honored to support their work. As you know, the needs are still great. If you are moved to provide more support please click below. Thank you again for your generosity, Britt Lake and the GlobalGiving Team
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