Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

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Kumamoto Japan Earthquake Relief Fund

Project Report | Oct 8, 2017
Update on how you helped in Kumamoto

By Madelyn Vilhauer | Fellow, GlobalGiving

Photo by sweet treat 311
Photo by sweet treat 311

In April of 2016, two major earthquakes shook the Kumamoto Prefecture in southern Japan, causing unfathomable devastation and loss. More than 50 people lost their lives, 3,000 were injured, and 44,000 lost their homes. Since April 16, 2016, your generous donations have helped our local partners drive both immediate and long-term recovery in Kumamoto. Here are four ways your continued generosity is helping Kumamoto recover:

Hands On Tokyo provides junior high school baseball players an athletic outlet with baseball, along with a leadership and disaster preparedness training program. With your generosity they were able to bring 29 young baseball players from the Kumamoto region to Tokyo to participate in the initiative.

sweet treat 311 recently hosted a summer program for children from the Kumamoto region that gave them the opportunity to explore nature and learn about sustainability. Your donations have helped sweet treat 311 provide much-needed support programs for children who have experienced disaster.

IsraAID began relief activities on April 15th, 2016, and has reached 1,268 people with their programs. They offer stress relief workshops for children and yoga workshops for young mothers, providing a wealth of psychosocial relief activities for the most vulnerable groups in the Kumamoto region.

Peace Winds America is providing stable, supportive living environments to focus on the long-term recovery for families and communities in Kumamoto. With your donations, they have partnered with a local dog rescue organization to help support pets and their owners who have been displaced by the earthquake.

We are incredibly encouraged by the work our vetted partners have done for the children, elders, and pets in Kumamoto.  We are so proud of these relief efforts, but there is still work to be done! We are still matching donations to projects supporting recovery after the Kumamoto earthquake 100% until the funds run out.

We want to give our sincerest thanks for your generosity. Your donations are not only helping to rebuild damaged infrastructure; they are helping to rebuild the lives of the thousands of people who were affected by this disaster.

Photo by Peace Winds America
Photo by Peace Winds America
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Photo by IsraAid
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