Japan Tsunami Appeal
I'm sure all reading this are aware of events happening in Japan and the devastating consequences of the 11th of March earthquake and tsunami. Furthermore of the difficulties that Japan's nuclear scientists are having securing and stabilising their power plants.
I would like to extend my condolences to those who have lost friends and relatives in the recent tragedy and wish all those affected the best of luck and hope they have a speedy recovery.
If any of you reading would like to make donations to assist with the recovery efforts in Japan and aid the hundreds of thousands left homeless and struggling for basic supplies like food and water.
Here are some good and trusted avenues:
British Red Cross Tsunami Appeal -The Japanese Embassy in the United Kingdom endorses this appeal
The Japan centre
Google Crisis Response - Donating directly to the Japanese Red Cross
American Red Cross Tsunami Appeal - The Japanese Embassy in the United States endorses this appeal
A Full list of all denominational and non-denominational charity groups opertaing the United States to aid the people of Japan.
Thank you for any donation you can make.
Also if you run a Japanese or other martial arts club then it would be fantastic if you could mobilise your club members to engage in some fund raising to help the people of Japan.
Sponsored throws, bakesales, providing people to assist local charities with donation collecting efforts.
All help is needed and will be appreciated by those in need.
As soon as I put some cash into my account I'll be making a donation, and I've offered all my friends the ability to use my weightroom as much as they want for a fifteen dollar donation to the ARCTA.
Its also worth noting that this is going to bring about a lot of scams also. Be careful as to who you donate money to, as there are plenty of people(probably ninjas) who would love to take advantage of this tragedy. There have already been fishy craigslist postings in my area regarding people raising money to "travel to Japan and help with the rebuilding effort" so be careful and investigate the cause you are giving your hard earned money too!
Thanks to whoever stickied this.
I have taken all the links apart from the google one from the Japanese embassies in the UK and the US so they should take you to only legitimate aid agencies.
If anyone is in doubt about whether to donate to an agency, post a link here first so others can have a look at it and check them out.
Thanks to all those who donate.
Here's another recommendation, for those in the US:
I would also like to add for any potential Bullshidoka in the Kansai area that the Tokyo city office is now accepting donations. details are provided in the link, but they are looking for things like infant supplies, water, etc.
On the other hand not to be buzz killington, but the major issue at the moment is not supply or lack of money for aid (Japanese banks are as of this moment pumping billions of yen into the economy to keep it from crashing) but delivery. Today on the news I still saw reports of refugee shelters having to ration food to about a rice ball a day even a week after the quake, and as of recently all highways were closed except to emergency vehicles. There are many groups who want to get stuff out there, but again the issue is transportation/delivery and not cash.
While I've come to take many articles written about Japan with a grain of salt, at least according to Time bureaucracy and getting clearance to go to disaster areas is a big part of the problem.
i gave around 3000 dollars to the red cross donations
Gad, that's a lot of scratch! I thought I was doing good by buying some handicrafts from the local fund raising group. The world wide disasters keep coming and I figure that if we all help a little (or in your case a lot) it will help.
Originally Posted by shurikenjutsu
I donated to the red cross. I had friend whose home town in Myagi Prefecture was destroyed.