Building Resilience in Japan

by International Medical Corps
Feb 28, 2013

Marking Two Years Since the Earthquake and Tsunami

It has been two years since a 9.0 earthquake devastated Japan, initiating a massive tsunami and radiation crisis. International Medical Corps is still responding in Japan, and this is your chance to support our work. Global Giving is matching donations one-to-one from March 1st to March 15th, up to $1,000 per donor. Your donation will immediately be doubled, amplifying International Medical Corps’ efforts two-fold.

It gets better. On March 11th, to mark the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, Global Giving will match donations two-to-one, up to $1,000 per donor. Your ten-dollar donation becomes thirty dollars. Your hundred-dollar donation becomes $300. Your $1,000 donation becomes $3,000. This unique opportunity to multiply your gift enables International Medical Corps to continue our critical efforts in Japan.

Today, International Medical Corps continues to work in Japan, partnering with local organizations to reach families with critical services in Fukushima Prefecture.

“Due to complications from the nuclear plant accident, many residents have been forced to evacuate their homes in Fukushima and are still living either in temporary housing sites or in rented apartments. Countless survivors are still struggling to rebuild their lives after the disaster without knowing when or if they can return home,” says Yumi Terahata, International Medical Corps’ Country Representative in Japan.  “International Medical Corps is committed to working with local partners to address the long-term needs of the Japanese people.”

Today, International Medical Corps has built on its collaboration with local Japanese agencies to address ongoing humanitarian needs and support disaster-affected communities in becoming more resilient.

  • International Medical Corps, with the Japan Volunteer Center, Shapla Neer, and the People, now run community spaces throughout Fukushima Prefecture where evacuees can meet other evacuees; receive psychological support and information about available sources; and, take part in recreational workshops and activities.
  • International Medical Corps is also focusing support on Fukushima’s evacuee-children. With the Association for Aid and Relief, International Medical Corps is installing playground equipment for Gangoya Temporary Housing Complex, which is home to 264 children. With partner IVY, International Medical Corps is supporting the first daycare center for children of evacuee families from Fukushima, hiring evacuee-mothers as the majority of IVY caretakers.
  • International Medical Corps is funding the NGO Center for International Cooperation to establish and maintain a collaboration space for non-governmental organizations in Fukushima to facilitate information dissemination, networking, and collaboration among local community-based organizations, nonprofits, and international NGOs to assist Fukushima survivors and displaced families.

This is your chance to help.

Only $100,000 is available for matching funds, so donate now!

International Medical Corps thanks you for your continued support and interest in our Japan programming. We look forward to giving you continued updates on the Global Giving site, and encourage you to visit for further information on our programming worldwide.


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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
Website: https:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Erica Tavares
Director, Resource Development
santa monica, CA United States

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