Response to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

by Mercy Corps
Jul 26, 2011

What I saw in Japan

Japanese Girls at Mercy Corps
Japanese Girls at Mercy Corps' Program

Last month I visited some of the areas of Japan hit worst by the March tsunami. There, with your help, Mercy Corps and partner Peace Winds are still helping survivors.

I visited evacuation centers where hundreds of Japanese families continue to take shelter. I stood in the ruins of homes and businesses. And I heard plenty of hard stories.

But you know what? I also met folks with remarkable bravery and resolve. I saw lots of smiles. And I heard plenty of laughter — like the children in this video I shot of our Comfort for Kids program.

You are a big reason for their smiles and laughter. With your support, Mercy Corps has helped thousands of kids heal through art, sports and other playful activities.

Because of you, we're also helping communities recover by:

  • Supporting a mobile grocery store that travels to evacuation centers so displaced families can buy their own food.
  • Equipping local Chambers of Commerce with the support they need to rebuild businesses and small-town economies.
  • Helping hard-hit fishermen return to sea, which will restore jobs and help families begin again.

From the wreckage I saw, I can tell you there's a long way to go. But the ruins only tell one part of the story. The smiles of survivors and laughter of children on their way to recovery tell another.

On behalf of the people I met, and thousands of others in Japan who you're helping, thank you for your incredibly caring support.

Roger Burks


Roger Burks
Roger Burks
Senior Writer



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