More than 40 people were killed and more than 100,000 were displaced after two powerful earthquakes Japan. Numerous buildings were damaged during the quake and landslides, including homes, businesses, and hospitals. Several of GlobalGiving's partners, such as International Medical Corps and Japan Emergency NGO (JEN), need help responding to survivors' immediate needs, and our local nonprofit partners have also asked for help in funding their relief and recovery efforts on the ground.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts in the region. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by vetted local organizations.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are often in the best position to provide long-term support for disaster victims. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger disaster-response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future disasters. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors and subscribers.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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