Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving
Yoga class for children lead by IsraAID
Yoga class for children lead by IsraAID

Almost one year ago, a strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked Japan’s Kumamoto Prefecture. 50 people were killed, at least 3,000 were injured, and more than 44,000 lost their homes. Our local partners have been hard at work ever since supporting the reconstruction. Here are a few ways your generosity is fueling the future of Kumamoto.

Peace Winds America hosted community events in December to celebrate Christmas and lift the spirits of temporary housing residents. They are focusing their efforts on supporting elderly people, who are among the most vulnerable after traumatic events such as the earthquake.

IsraAID facilitated mental health workshops and yoga sessions for children. They’re bringing clinical psychologists to affected communities to make sure those who’ve experienced trauma have the care they need.

sweet treat 311 is providing educational tours, fun activities, and stress relief techniques to children.

Hands on Tokyo is a new addition to our relief fund and plans to bring together boys from Tohoku, Tokyo, and Kumamoto for an intensive baseball training project.

Thanks to your support, everyone from young children to elders are rebuilding their lives after this devastating earthquake. And we’ve got even more good news ahead: starting on April 13th, donations to GlobalGiving projects supporting ongoing recovery in Kumamoto will be matched at 100%! With $50,000 in matching funds, we have the chance to really give the Kumamoto community the support it needs to continue rebuilding. To be matched 100%, please give to one of these great projects.

Keep an eye out for more updates about the impact of your donations! Thank you for your commitment to Kumamoto’s long-term recovery.


Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

Children practicing a dance with sweet treat 311
Children practicing a dance with sweet treat 311
IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class
IsraAID yoga instructor teaches a healing class

It has been six months since a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, followed 48 hours later by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,700 aftershocks were felt across the region in the weeks that followed.

Thanks to the more than 2,700 donors who raised more than $800,000, people affected by the earthquake are rebuilding their lives. Our vetted, high-impact partners have been hard at work. Here are six ways your donations have helped the people of Japan.

IMCRA hosted a workshop so survivors and first responders could exchange stories and determine the needs of survivors going forward.

IsraAID  focused on psychological first aid to people living in Kumamoto. They hosted a support program with a specialist on post-disaster psychosocial care and a yoga instructor. They offered a yoga session to parents and children including those with special needs.

Ippan Shadan Hojin DSIA has shifted its strategy from providing food at emergency shelters to more extensive collaboration with diverse NGOs and local Social Welfare Councils (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) to serving food at temporary houses, building communities for disaster-stricken people, and continuing to offer psychological care.

Sweet Treat 311 is providing sustainable learning experiences and stress relief for children affected by the earthquake.

Peace Winds has been providing shelter, food, and counseling, targeting those with children, pets, and special needs. Peace Winds is now planning to move 2,000 families to the new homes and provide them with basic household supplies.

OISCA International dispatched agricultural experts and mobilized volunteers to optimize agricultural production for Nishihara Village for its fast recovery.

Be on the lookout for more stories from the impact of your donation. With your generous support, our nonprofit partners are making a difference in people’s lives, so thank you!

Britt Lake + The GlobalGiving Team

Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN)
Japanese Emergency NGO (JEN)

In the month since two major earthquakes struck Kumamoto, Japan, more than 1,800 donors like you have stepped forward to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts through this fund.

Thanks to that generous support, we’re pleased to share how four vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners are responding to the earthquake. Here’s how your donation is already making an impact in Japan:

Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) is delivering emergency support, sanitation and clothing to earthquake-affected communities and providing support to evacuation centers.

IsraAID is providing psychological first aid and organizing child-friendly spaces for earthquake survivors. They’re also working to improve the capacity of local nonprofits and government workers through stress management activities and training on how to deliver psychological first aid.

Living Dreams is fixing damaged children’s homes and providing psychological counseling for earthquake-affected children.

International Medical Corps is providing health, nutrition, and hygiene-related care at evacuation centers, an internally-displaced persons camp, and within local communities. They’re placing a particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable populations such as the elderly and people with physical disabilities.

Stay tuned for stories in the coming months about the progress and impact of these and other organizations on the ground in Kumamoto. Thank you once again for your generous support on behalf of earthquake survivors in Japan.

Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team

International Medical Corps
International Medical Corps

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