Updated May 13th, 2011
Below is a listing of places to which you can donate cash, or hard items of food and necessities for the current disaster victims or volunteer services with. If you are donating from outside Japan, please know that directing your donations to Red Cross Japan via the Japanese Embassy in your respective countries will get the money to Red Cross Japan a lot quicker, safer and without administrative costs than through another relief organization. Beware of scams – they spring up quicker than true relief efforts.

Charitywatch.org article runs you by a list which the American Institute of Philanthropy has issued of the top-rated charity organizations that are involved with the relief efforts for the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake-Tsunami disaster. On its A listing are:

Salvation Army International; International Rescue Committee; Save the Children; Mercy Corps(88% of donations go to programs); International Medical Corps; CARE; Direct Relief International and Foundation(100% of donations go to programs); American Red Cross (91%)

How to Donate: If you’re living in Japan and want to donate money to earthquake relief you can do so easily using an ATM at Family Mart using the following method (outlined in today’s excellent “Man up for Japan” event) was super easy, super quick and you can be sure your money is going to a big legit organization…
You can donate money to the Japanese Red Cross Society (or other groups) at Family Mart:
Step 1. Use the machines where people buy concert tickets, etc..
Step 2. Look for the button with the heart and wings picture (and the kanji 募金)
Step 3. Click OK on the Confirmation page (“you can’t get this money back, you don’t get a receipt for tax deduction purposes,” etc.)
Step 4. Choose organization you want to give to.
Step 5. Choose amount you want to give.
Step 6. The machine spits out a barcode receipt. Take it to the cash register and pay. Two minutes tops.

Relief workers and volunteers – on how to volunteer or help – FYI:

The Cabinet Secretariat’s Volunteers Coordination Office since it started functioning on March 16, has been visiting the disaster site and talking with the persons concerned to obtain information about the needs of people living in the shelters and volunteer activities there. All relevant government ministries, local government offices and several public organizations are providing us with useful information. The Cabinet Secretariat’s Volunteers Coordination Office uses this information to coordinate overall policy to consider the appropriate activities for disaster volunteers and support the affected area through volunteer activities.

The information collected by the Volunteers Coordination Office is useful to volunteers active in the stricken area and those thinking about how to help the victims and we will continue to introduce our reports on the Tasukeai Japan website. Continued volunteer activities in the disaster area will be required for a long period, and we hope these reports will help in the quick reconstruction of the disaster area.

Tasukeai Japan‘s website will serve as “an information hub for wisdom and know-how for volunteers working on the ground, to support them in resolving specific issues they face as they offer their assistance” – its mission goal is:

“To gather and deliver as much information as possible, and that is as accurate as possible, to people in the devastated areas (victims, local governments and volunteers), and to others (those wishing to send supplies or volunteer to help.”

This website has been established to aid this process, particularly during these next few months while the infrastructure has yet to fully recover and the situation in devastated areas remains difficult. We will collect and post information here about which supplies are in demand and which needs have already been met, as well as what kind of help is needed and what has already been taken care of. Through close communication with the Japanese Cabinet Secretariat’s Disaster Volunteer Coordination Office, we will gather the most accurate information we can.”

Another important information hub is:

The Japan Civil Network (JCN) l is “a broad coalition of Japanese nonprofit nongovernmental organizations providing disaster relief, formed in order to support those affected by the March 11, 2011 East Japan Earthquake.// The Japan Civil Network for Disaster Relief in East Japan aims wherever possible to serve and support affected individuals and communities, while also helping them to rebuild their lives and secure their futures. /Since the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Japan’s nonprofit sector has been playing a greater role in disaster relief and recovery efforts. //Damage caused by this earthquake, however, is of much greater in scale and scope than that of the 1995 quake, thereby necessitating broader coordination between a wide range of organizations. We aim to ensure that all areas, no matter how remote, are reached and that relief work is approached in the most effective and efficient manner possible.”

A listing of its participating members involved in disaster relief and recovery efforts is at this page: http://www.jpn-civil.net/english/about_us/members.html (however, unlike all the links listed here, some of the member websites are in Japanese only). The Japan civil net has a new map uploaded today of the disaster centers. You can also get links to each regional office here.

Other network information sites:

Japan Platform – is an international emergency humanitarian aid organization which offers more effective and prompter emergency aid, in response to the world situation, focusing the issues of refugees and natural disaster. JPF conducts such aid with a tripartite cooperation system where NGOs, business community, and government of Japan work in close cooperation, based on equal partnership, making the most of the respective sectors’ characteristics and resources. The revenue source of this “PLATFORM-foundation” is composed of public and private funding: government fund-raising as well as donations from business community and citizens. Therefore, NGOs are able to get expenditures for initial response to implement emergency aid, immediately and directly, from the foundation, and go to the site promptly to start the aid activities timely. The business community, “Nippon Keidanren -Japan Business Federation” has initiated to support JPF. URL: http://www.japanplatform.org/E/work/index.html

JANIC – The Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) is a non-profit, non-partisan networking NGO founded in 1987 by a group of NGO leaders who saw the need to better coordinate activities in Japanese society and facilitate communication with overseas groups. Please note that JANIC is not a funding agency. We do not accept any proposals or requests for financial support

Japan NPO Center is a network of Japan-based local nonprofits and volunteer groups

–  The Japan NPO Center, in collaboration with the Civil Society Initiative Fund, has established the Japan Earthquake Local NPO Support Fund. The Fund will be used by local NPOs which conduct much needed relief and recovery efforts. Donations to the fund will be collected from individuals, corporations and foundations in Japan and overseas.

  • Local NPOs in the affected areas and its surroundings are eligible to receive the fund. No exact boundaries have been drawn and eligibility will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • No screening will be made based on the NPO’s corporate status, and grassroots groups with no corporate status are eligible as well.

The Japan NPO Center and the Civil Society Initiative Fund will consult and cooperate with intermediary organizations and/or community- based funds in the areas, which will also be eligible to use the fund.

The collection of donations and the administration of the fund will be managed by the Japan NPO Center, whereas the fund distribution will be managed by the Civil Society Initiative Fund. We will ask those who donate 100,000 yen (about US$1,200) or larger to fill in the donation form. Please also bear in mind that up to 15% of donations will be used for administration fees. Donation Form (WORD document) DonationForm-e.doc

Last updated 27th Apr 2011
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Official aid and relief organizations:

Donating from the US:

Direct Relief International and Foundation A bequest to the organization has allowed 100% of donation proceeds to cover its programs.

InterAction Members Support Japan Tsunami Response

Directing your donations to Red Cross Japan via the Japanese Embassy in the US: Acceptance of Relief Money through Japan’s Overseas Missions in Response to Tohoku district -off the Pacific Ocean Earthquake (March 16, 2011) will ensure all of the funds will go to the relief efforts through the diplomatic bag without administrative costs as opposed to giving through other relief organizations. If you give funds through the  American Red Cross the funds will have to be re-directed to Red Cross’ relief efforts in Japan – and Red Cross America has said that only 91% will reach Japan.)

Donating from the UK:

British Red Cross – the Japan Tsunami Appeal

Other organizations:

World Vision allows you to donate $50 towards its teams’ Japan Quake and Tsunami relief work in Japan at this page:  http://donate.worldvision.org/OA_HTML/xxwv2ibeCCtpSctDspRte.jsp?section=10324

Donating from Japan:

Japanese Red Cross Society: http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html (locally in Japan)

From abroad, you can also donate to the Japanese Red Cross Society via the Japanese Embassy in your home country (see various embassy websites)
We Care Japan www.wecarejapan.org: The devastation brought to northern Japan by the Great Tohoku Earthquake on March 11 left a startling number of individuals without homes and in need of support. This website is a useful resource that acts like a matchmaker between those who wish to donate relief supplies, do volunteer work and the areas and shelters that have requested specific kinds of supplies, equipment, etc.  Go here to see where you fit.

International Medical Corps Japan is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through
health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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Uniken, Japan Universal Design Research Institute: http://www.npo-uniken.org/ (Japanese only)The non-profit organization Uniken currently has staff and volunteers on the ground in the disaster-affected areas conducting relief activities, launching a project dubbed The Japan Universal Disaster Relief Headquarters.
(1) The Japan Universal Disaster Relief Headquarters, or Japan Universal, has deployed a large number of volunteers to the disaster-affected areas. In Kesennuma for example, volunteers are piloting and staffing three privately owned helicopters to conduct relief activities. Other volunteers left Tokyo at 6pm on March 16th in two 2-ton trucks loaded with relief goods. They arrived at their destination in Yamagata at dawn on the 17th, roughly 12 hours later. Without stopping to sleep, they continued onwards to Kesennuma, an area affected by the tsunami. Many other volunteers are conducting similar activities. Currently, only trained volunteers with significant disaster relief experience are entering the disaster zones. Japan Universal is certified by the Japanese Cabinet Office and has been issued a government permit to use the highways to transport goods out of Tokyo.

(2) What is now becoming clear is that the circumstances of this disaster are completely unlike those of the Great Hanshin Earthquake. In the wake of that disaster, the local governments of Hyogo Prefecture, Kobe City and Ashiya City were still functioning. For that reason, the local authorities were able to distribute relief materials and funds from the Red Cross to affected areas. This became the grounds for the widespread directives to  send money, not goods and coordinate [all volunteer activities] through the Red Cross.
In this disaster, however, the local authorities who would normally coordinate aid have been completely destroyed. As a result, the Red Cross, Japan Self-Defense Forces, and firefighter rescue teams are unable to cover the entire disaster area. This has lead to a dire situation: pockets of survivors taking refuge together in isolation, undiscovered by the authorities, and completely without water, food, fuel, electricity, or telephone access. For that reason, the rules that applied to the Great Hanshin Earthquake do not apply to this disaster.

(3) After the earthquake, Ms. Yokoo of Japan Universal conducted a 48-hour survey of the disaster area beginning in Yamagata Prefecture. This is what she found (note that the following contains upsetting descriptions.)

An NPO discovered an isolated evacuation center with 50 survivors undiscovered by the authorities. They alerted the Self-Defense Forces, but another tsunami wave came and the entire group got wet. When the Self-Defense Forces rushed in 30 had already died. If dry clothes had reached the group in time, their deaths might have been averted.

A welfare facility already inhabited by many elderly residents took in 130 survivors, but there was no food or water.
In an area with 200-300 infants, there was only one can of infant formula. Survivors searched desperately to scavenge goods but continued to be buffeted by dangerous aftershocks and tsunami waves.

Recovered corpses cannot legally be cremated without an autopsy, but the volume of bodies has overwhelmed the police. Nonetheless, the Miyagi Prefectural Police are laboring tirelessly to contend with the situation.

Once the Self-Defense Forces or rescue squads have located groups of survivors, they are able to establish distribution routes and provide food and water. The problem is that there are isolated survivors in locations yet undiscovered by the Self-Defense Forces. NPOs are now working in disaster zones to uncover these groups and alert the Self-Defense Forces or police.
Right now, the people in the disaster zones have no dry clothing. They are wet and cold and in danger of freezing to death. In the Great Hanshin Earthquake, donations of used clothing became a burden in the disaster zone, but this situation is different. There is an urgent need for dry clothing, used or otherwise.

The greatest problem is the availability and transport of goods. We do not have sufficient materials and there is no gasoline to transport what we do have.

(4) Our disaster relief systems never anticipated the simultaneous occurrence of so much damage over such a great area. For that reason, nobody has a complete picture of the situation. There is too much talk of  the lessons we learned in Kobe on the TV and Internet. The lessons we learned in Kobe do not apply to this disaster. We must recognize that the situation is completely different this time.

(5) What we can do in Tokyo and elsewhere to help the disaster victims:

We need to reach out to the disaster zones by providing goods and the means to transport them.
Goods can be donated either by individuals or by corporations. Because of the Hanshin Great Earthquake, many corporations maintain the conviction that goods must only be channeled through the Red Cross. For this reason, they have hesitated to donate goods to NGOs. This does not reflect a lack of willingness to help, but rather a lack of understanding of the current situation. The Red Cross alone cannot distribute sufficient materials. NPOs must step forward to fill in the gaps.

Donations from individuals: The Japan Universal website cites a need for two types of goods, survival goods for isolated areas of severe damages and dry clothing and blankets for isolated areas of severe damage. Other materials will also be collected, but the group asked that contributors focus on life-saving materials at this time. Donations should be packaged in clear plastic bags or clearly marked paper boxes.

Donating aid materials to the disaster victims
Current donation center location:

Relief Materials Collection Service
Japan Universal Disaster Relief Headquarters
3-21 Kanda Nishiki-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, 101-0054

Please drop off donations at the wood deck on the 1st Floor. Donations can be brought directly to the collection center (this option is preferable.) If you prefer to send packages by a delivery service, please be sure to send an e-mail detailing the content of your donation. Workers may be unable to respond to your e-mail but know that your contribution is appreciated.

Regarding transport:

At this juncture, the organization asks that untrained volunteers do not travel to the disaster zone. This is the rescue stage of the operation, not the rebuilding stage, and those involved may be expected to collect rotting bodies from disaster sites. There is also a shortage of fuel with which to reach the affected areas.If you have gasoline tanks and are able to drive to disaster zones and back to deliver it, the organization would like your help transporting materials. Japan Universal can arrange a driving permit in such cases.

Source of info: Disaster Japan Information Gathering Blog

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“When donating money to an industrialized nation like Japan, where doctors are highly skilled, medicine is plentiful and food is readily available from within the country, it is best to send money to local organizations. Donating ‘locally’ means minimizing fuel costs associated with sending people and materials from abroad. People on the ground will best know how to maximize the power of your dollar. Instead of donating to the American Red Cross, for example, please consider donating directly to the Japanese Red Cross. Three other local organizations stand out for their excellence:
  1.  JEN is a Japanese NGO that has much experience in disaster relief both in Japan and abroad. Their teams are already on the scene in the areas most affected. They work cooperatively with the Red Cross. JEN ジェン
    Online credit card donation in Japanese
    http://www.jen-npo.org/contribute/contribute.html
    Online credit card donation in English
    http://www.jen-npo.org/en/involved/donate1.php
    About JEN in English http://www.jen-npo.org/en/index.html
    Postal account transfer
    Account # 00170-2-538657
    Account name: JEN
    郵便振込
    郵便振替口座 00170-2-538657
    加入者名(口座名) JEN
  2. AMDA is a medical NGO that has also dispatched medical teams to Tohoku. AMDA – formerly Association of Medical Doctors of Asia
    特定非営利活動法人 AMDA (元アジア医師連絡協議会)
    URL: http://www.amdainternational.com/
    Online postal transfer in Japanese
    http://www.jp-bank.japanpost.jp/kojin/tukau/sokin/kj_tk_sk_index.html
    In order to keep track of donations, please email them with your full
    name, your address and the amount of your donation:
    info@amdainternational.com.
    Domestic Transfers:
    Postal account transfer
    Account # 01250-2-40709
    Account name: tokuteihieirikatsudouhoujin amuda
    郵便振込
    口座番号 01250-2-40709
    口座名 特定非営利活動法人アムダ
    銀行振込
    銀行名 ゆうちょ銀行
    金融機関コード 9900
    店番 129 店名(カナ) 一二九店(イチニキュウ店)
    預金種目 当座 口座番号 0040709
    カナ氏名(受取人名) トクテイヒエイリカツト゛ウホウシ゛ンアムタ゛
  3. Peace Winds Japan is considered to be among the best in emergency relief and reconstruction.These smaller NGOs are extremely skilled and experienced. They are attentive to local needs. They respond according to each situation, even in isolated areas, work flexibly in response to fast changing post-disaster conditions, and are often free of the large overhead costs or major bureaucratic constraints that may plague larger groups. Many such local NGOs remain in the region to help with reconstruction long after larger international organizations leave. Peace Winds Japanピース ウィンズ・ジャパン
    Find out about PWJ http://www.peace-winds.org/
    Online credit card donation in Japanese http://www.peace-winds.org/index.html
    Bank transfer information
    Bank name: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank Branch: Aoyama
    Account type regular
    Account number 1671932
    Account name: Peace Winds Japan
    銀行振込
    三井住友銀行青山支店, 普通
    口座番号1671932
    口座名義: 特定非営利活動法人 ピース ウィンズ・ジャパン広報口

Today, relief efforts are focused on food, shelter and evacuation of those most acutely affected by nuclear radiation. Japan will have other needs in the coming months. If you cannot afford to donate now, please consider sending money to organizations that respond to these future needs.

For example, the Japan Center for International Exchange has partnered with the Center for Public Resources Development in Tokyo to launch the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund. Half of all funds raised will be used to support Japanese NGOs that are engaged in long-term reconstruction efforts. These will include rebuilding hospitals, schools and retirement homes.We must continue to monitor the situation even after the media and large aid organizations have left Japan. The psychological effects of the quake will undoubtedly be severe, especially for orphaned and homeless children.

Save the Children Japan will be setting up play areas for children in the Tohoku region, attempting to give such children a sense of normalcy. They have pledged to remain in the region for several months.

Save the Children Japanセーブ・ザ・チルドレン子ども基金
URL: http://www.savechildren.or.jp/
Online giving in Japanese http://www.savechildren.or.jp/contribute/index.html
Postal account transfer
Account # 00900-1-120760
Account name: sebu za chirudorin kodomo kikin
郵便振込
郵便振替口座 00900-1-120760
加入者名(口座名) セーブ・ザ・チルドレン子ども基金

Japan’s reconstruction effort will take months, if not years. The Japanese need your help now, and they will need your help tomorrow, too. By knowing as much as you can about the organizations to which you donate, you can ensure that your money will be sent to those with the greatest need and with the greatest efficiency. The people of Japan are depending on you.”– Op-Ed: How you can help Japan, and why you should (Stanford Daily, Mar 28th 2011)

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SALVATION ARMY Japan in English / in Japanese

As it often does in emergency responses, The Salvation Army will pay particular attention to communities that have been missed by the government and other agencies.

For more on this story, please click here to visit our International Headquarters website.

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MDM Medecins du Monde Japan / Doctors of the World
特定非営利活動法人メドゥサン・デュ・モンド ジャポン
URL: http://www.mdm.or.jp/
Online donation in Japanese http://www.mdm.or.jp/donation/select.php
Postal account transfer
Account # 00110-8-172839
Account name: medousan dyu mondo jyapan
郵便振込
郵便振替口座 00110-8-172839
郵便振替口座名:特定非営利活動法人メドゥサン・デュ・モンド ジャポン

MSF Japan: Medecins sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders Japan
特定非営利活動法人国境なき医師団日本
URL: http://www.msf.or.jp/
Online donation in Japanese http://www.msf.or.jp/donate/select.html
Postal account transfer
Account # 00190-6-566468
Account name: kokyo-naki-ishidan-nihon
郵便振込
郵便振替口座 00190-6-566468
加入者名(口座名) 特定非営利活動法人国境なき医師団日本

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Private individuals and NGO groups:

The Japan Emergency Team has been in the Fukushima, Sendai and Kesenuma areas of Northern Japan, since the day after the 9.1 earthquake on March 11 bringing in food, blankets, water and other supplies in its 85th  Disaster Operation since 1989. The team command center is currently based in the Sendai Government Offices and  it operates four projects:

First, bringing in supplies including food, water, medicine, clothing and delivering as needed to shelters and individual homes.

Second, operating an emergency feeding program to individual emergency shelters and individual homes including hot rice, stew and other items with nearly 6,000 served to date.

Third, the Japan Emergency Team receives supplies and individual teams assisting them on site to provide help as needed.

Fourth, the team operates The Emergency Assistance Service which based on a running survey of shelters and smaller individual communities provides assistance in bringing supplies and people to places of need, locating missing individuals and providing assistance as needed.

The Emergency Assistance Service operates by going to www.jhelp.com and clicking `help`.  Supplies provided, assistance needed, individuals wishing to help on site and other requests are matched with current need or by calling 0570 000 911. The service operates 24 hours a day.

Nihon Kinkyu Enjotai / Japan Emergency Team
c/o Sendai City Hall
3-7-1 Kokubun-cho
Aoba-ku, Sendai-shi, Miyagi-ken 980-8671
Tel. 0570-000-911 or 090-3080-6711 or 090-7170-4769
e-mail: team@jhelp.com (responses may be delayed)
 

  • See their Web site for information on cash donations which are also
    greatly needed: http://www.jhelp.com
  • If you are able to help in providing a place to stay or other assistance please contact team@jhelp.com
  • Volunteers:  Those able to help on site in Sendai, Japan or assist locally are asked to send name, telephone, and age to team@jhelp.com
  • Emergency Supplies urgently needed on site are:

20 Liter Metal Gasoline Cans, Bottled Water, Canned and instant food, sleeping bags, electric water pots, coffee, tea, cream, powdered milk, tents, rice, used laptop computers and active wireless internet devices and airline mileage, Disaster Relief Vehicle

Life & Desire Sendai is a non-profit organization staffed by local Tohoku college students and headquartered within the Sendai Town Hall – read  a report of their activities in English here. This group is directed by a seasoned former business executive with direct contacts to politicians and the shelters and schools throughout the area. The focus of L&D is to get food and other necessities to the right locations on a daily basis. They ensure that their contributions are appropriate supplements to what the government officials provide to the survivors and they also search for survivors who can’t get to the shelters and have no means of feeding their families - Source page: International Alumni Council (IAC) Disaster Project a project by alumni associations of international schools.
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CARE Japan or CARE USA CARE will distribute relief items including toilet paper, water, face masks, sanitary tissues, biscuits, fruit and small portions of rice. CARE also will be coordinating with other organizations and local governments to assist people there in need for the next 12 to 18 months.
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 Two prominent NPOs that have been on the front lines of the Tohoku Disaster are 2nd Harvest and Peaceboat:
AP Bank NGO and Volunteering in Tohoku. I have just returned from a weekend volunteering trip to Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture with NGO organisation AP Bank, in a collaboration with Peaceboathttp://www.facebook.com/l/da3acMiXGfdvQc0swbNhnWMYqHw/www.peaceboat.org/ 
Peace Boat ピースボートUPA国際協力プロジェクト
URL http://www.peaceboat.org/index_j.html
For donations from within Japan:
Post office transfer account (yubin furikae koza) 00180-6-705651
Account name: Peace Boat UPA
(In the notes column, please write “disaster relief”)
OR
JP Bank (Yucho Ginko) 019 branch, account number 0705651 Peace Boat UPA
(before writing the name of the donor, please write “disaster”)
郵便振替口座  00180-6-705651
口座名 ピースボートUPA (
※通信欄に「災害支援」とお書 きください)
ゆうちょ銀行 ゼロイチキュウ店(019店) 当座0705651
ピースボートUPA国際協力プロジェクト
(※振込依頼人名の 前に「サイガイ」とご入力ください)
Peace Boat is also gathering donations at train stations around the
country every day. Please contact Peace Boat directly if you are
interested in joining such collections.
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Earth1 A new resource for relief organizations, the website of a volunteer organization called “earth one” has been set up to constantly update a list of supplies and goods needed by victims of the March 11 quake and tsunami disaster. (It was featured on Japan Time “Website started to shows what quake relief supplies are in demand” Apr 25, 2011)

Daisuke Sonoda, a 29-year-old diving shop owner from Okinawa, who arrived at Minamisanriku three days after the disaster devastated the town and other northeastern Japan areas, said, “People cannot tell from government websites what and how much other people are shipping.”  He said he set up the site (http://earth-1.org/support/list_view.php, in Japanese) after witnessing mismatches in what has been sent from various places and what victims want. The list is designed to be updated after information is provided by senders about the quantity and the items being sent. Sonoda is hoping that the list, currently being tested in Minamisanriku, will be expanded to cover other areas.

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Some of you may remember that Ishinomaki was hard hit by the Tsunami, with the images of the burning debris.
I know many among you may be wondering about how to volunteer and whether you should volunteer or need to. Although my time in Ishinomaki was short, I would very much like to share my experiences and give whatever advice I may have. For those of you who may think that the worst is over and that the coastal cities are recovering, I can tell you that that it is far from over for most people in Tohoku.
In Ishinomaki alone, over 10,000 people continue to live in shelters and several thousand people are still unaccounted for. Indeed, the restoration work is not a simple matter of throwing in money – a lot of manual work is needed, and needed quickly, if people are to be able to return to any sense of normalcy in their lives soon.
Both the physical, and psychological damage to the people of Tohoku, has been immense and deep.
Volunteers are STILL very much needed in Tohoku, especially after Golden Week, so please continue to contribute in the Restoration efforts in whatever way you can.
I would like to organise a chat session for those interested in volunteering for Tohoku, details below:
Date: Friday 29 April 1pm (Showa Day, Public Holiday)
Venue: Depending on no. of people, I will arrange accordingly.
Current arrangement is to meet at JR Iidabashi Station West Exit (towards Kagurazaka)

Specifically, I think my chat would be useful for the following people:
- Those keen on going for private volunteering and/or intending to organise private volunteering trips.
- Those looking to sign up or have signed up for future volunteering sessions (by NGOs such as Peaceboat and AP Bank, or other private organisations & groups), and would like to know what to prepare. 

Please drop me a mail alaiyl76@gmail.com to indicate your interest so I can expect your attendence.
Your RSVP by Wednesday night 27 April will be appreciated if you are able to make it

Thanks,
Ying Loong
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SECOND HARVEST (2HJ) has a 4T truck going into the disaster area every other day and has an office set up in Sendai to coordinate donations. “I have already given money to Second Harvest and to my daughter’s school.  Her grade 6 class collected over 300,000 (had only finished counting about 1/2 of it) in the last 3 days of school before graduation, with many students giving from their allowances.”

Please see the following for the needed LIST OF FOOD AND SUPPLIES.

MONETARY DONATIONS can now be made through the 2HJ site see this page for info. For every 1,000 yen donated, we deliver 10,000 yen worth of food to the needy. Donations for the disaster relief will be used for mostly logistics costs such as truck fuels, highway tolls, maintenance fees, drivers and so on.

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FOREIGN VOLUNTEERS JAPAN Foreign Volunteers Japan’s project aims to collect food and essential supplies for distributing to the people of Tohoku who have lost their houses, family members, and even some complete villages due to the devastating tsunami which followed the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Sendai earthquake.  Its mission is to bring as much food and as many supplies as possible to the areas that were severely affected by the Tsunami, but have so far gone neglected by the recovery efforts. The initial donation that got this project started was an 8 ton donation of baked beans. Many of the emergency shelters up North are serving soup, but are lacking vegetables and other nutrient-rich ingredients that could add sustenance to the meals. Beyond baked beans, the following are also needed:  food, diapers, fuel, blankets, clothing, children’s toys, sweets, toilet rolls, chopsticks, paper plates, water, towels, futons, tents, cardboard boxes, plastic forks, charcoal, etc… Here is a report of one of their volunteer trips to Rikuzentakata
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東日本大震災 救援通訳ボランティア 大地震・津波の救援における通訳支援を行う団体。 NPO日本通訳案内士連合 Japan Guide Consortium
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Earthquake Relief Supplies
Iwate Prefectural Office
10-1 Uchimaru Morioka city, Iwate 020-8570, JAPAN
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CRASH JAPAN’S efforts: www.crashjapan.org  (See Japan Times article - Relief workers must adjust quickly (Japan Times) Crash Japan, along with JEN and Peaceboat, is featured in this article
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RescueJapan.asia/ “Rescue Japan is a small innovative non-profit relief organization working to transport donated supplies exclusively to those affected by the 2011 Tohoku Tsunami and Earthquake. See this data gathering page for details// Our focus is to provide Aid to victims in the disaster area who cannot relocate and have limited access to emergency relief. Individual and corporate contributors, are supplying the necessary emergency relief and we are transporting these donated items into the Tohoku region to help our neighbors in northern Japan. We are also focusing on providing the victims with items that will help them rebuild their everyday lives.–The Rescue Japan team”
“I became interested in RescueJapanAsia because they are willing to take warm clothing, and were specifically asking for ski pants/jackets, all sizes. Yesterday I went to the following drop off point to check it out.Takadanobaba – SIUK Education Council 305 Kikugetsu Building, 2-17-4 3F
Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075
http://ukeducation.jpIt was a fully furnished and staffed office space. They have some some storage space on the 5th floor.
The stuff collected is being picked up daily for consolidation and packing. Via Wayne’s contacts within the American Military, stuff where couriers can’t get through to places where the roads are still closed, is getting transferred to military transport (helicopter, boat). – Info courtesy of Cornelia
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Association for Aid and Relief, Japan 難民を助ける会
URL: http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/
Online donation in Japanese
http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/support/donate/internet.html
POSTAL ACCOUNT transfer
Account number: 00110-6-96509
Account name: Nanmin wo tasukeru-kai
郵便振込
口座番号00110-6-96509
加入者名 特定非営利活動法人 難民を助ける会
Association for Aid and Relief, Japan 難民を助ける会 a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) aiming to provide emergency assistance, assistance to people with disabilities, and mine action, among other operations.
It was established in 1979 as an organization with no political, ideological, or religious affiliation. AAR JAPAN currently has offices in eight countries. Its relief activities include:

URL: http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/english/
Online donation in Japanese
http://www.aarjapan.gr.jp/support/donate/internet.html
POSTAL ACCOUNT transfer
Account number: 00110-6-96509
Account name: Nanmin wo tasukeru-kai
郵便振込
口座番号00110-6-96509
加入者名 特定非営利活動法人 難民を助ける会
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Tokyo International School Emergency Supply Center

Dear Friends,

We have decided to use Tokyo International School as an Emergency Supply Center to drop off the supplies listed below to be delivered by truck to the Tohoku region to support the 1,000′s of people in many shelters who are in desperate need of these supplies. We are collaborating with Second Harvest Japan to collect these supplies and the delivery them to Tohoku. They have already been receiving and sending supplies to those in need.

We need at least two people working in two shifts to be at TIS from 9 AM – 7 PM on a daily basis to be able to receive these supplies. We will organize these things in the lobby of TIS and they will be picked up on a regular basis. We will be available to start receiving these items from Tuesday, March 22nd at 9 AM (Sunday & Monday holiday with no delivery). Please send an e-mail to us through http://www.support.tokyois.com if you are willing to volunteer to sort the items and box them to be sent to those in need.

What do we need to send?

Any unexpired and unopened food that does NOT require refrigeration.

Ear plugs, earphones, eye masks, rice, retort-pouch food, canned food, emergency ration type of food, baby bottles, baby formulas, baby food, calorie-mate (energy bars),
portable water tanks, bottled water, portable water filters, paper cups, plastic bottles, portable gas stoves, solid fuels, camping pots, lanterns, blue sheets (plastic sheets), ropes, toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes, paper diapers, menstrual pads, medicines , emergency kit, masks, contact lens solution, mouth wash/gargles, soaps, shampoos (the kinds that don’t need water are good),
towels, blankets, sleeping bags, gloves, helmets, flash lights, slippers, batteries, candles, lighters, gasoline, kerosene, can openers, bottle openers, folding knives, trash bags, headache medicine, gastrointestinal medicine, pain killers, sanitizers, paper plates, paper cups, plastic spoons, plastic forks and chopsticks.

Please do not send us expired food, opened packages or any clothing! Also, please pay for shipping when you send your donation. Send to all items by takubin or post to:

TIS Disaster Relief Supplies 3-4-22 Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0073
Phone: 090 6569-7038 or drop it off at Tokyo International School

Please go to our website we have set-up at http://www.support.tokyois.com to send your message of inquiry or support.

Sincerely,

Tokyo International School & TEDxTokyo Communities in collaboration with Second Harvest Japan

東京インターナショナル・スクール (TIS) 緊急物資供給センター開設について

このたび、東京インターナショナル・スクール(TIS) は、既に東北地方の被災地への物資供給を行っている「セカンド・ハーベスト・ジャパン」と連携し、必要な地域へ物資を送り届けるため、TISを緊急物資供給センターとして使用する事を決定いたしました。避難所の何千何万というひっぱくした状況に居る東北大震災被災者の方々に、避難所等で必要な物資(下記リストご参照)を届けるための物資収集および一時保管場所とします。

この活動を実現するために、東京インターナショナル・スクール(TIS)にて、午前9時から午後7時の1日2交代2名以上シフト制で物資の仕分け等にご協力いただける方々のボランティアを募ります。尚、物資の受付は3月22日(火)午前9時より、TISのロビーで開始いたします。

提供物資の仕分けボランティアへご参加いただける方々は http://www.support.tokyois.com までメールにてご一報ください。

ご提供いただきたい物資とは?

→賞味期限内の冷蔵不要な未開封の食品をはじめとする被災地で必要な日用必需品です。

耳栓、イヤホン、アイマスク、米(精米済み)、レトルト食品、缶詰、非常食、哺乳びん(新品)、粉ミルク、離乳食(瓶詰/缶詰)、バランス栄養食(カロリーメイト類)、飲料水用ポリタンク&ペットボトル、飲料水用フィルター、紙コップ、紙皿、ペット・ボトル、携帯ガスストーブ、固形燃料、ランタン、ブルーシート(ビニールシート)、ロープ、トイレット・ペーパー、ティッシュ・ペーパー、ウェット・ティッシュ、紙おむつ(子供用および大人用)、生理用品、医薬常備品(未開封で消費期限内、頭痛薬、胃腸薬、鎮痛剤など)、非常袋、マスク、コンタクトレンズ洗浄・保存液、マウス・ウォッシュ、うがい薬、水のいらないシャンプー、タオル類、毛布、寝袋、手袋、軍手、防災ヘルメット、懐中電灯、スリッパ、乾電池、ろうそく、ライター、ガソリンや灯油(ポリタンクに入れてください)、缶切り、栓抜き、折りたたみナイフ、ゴミ袋、消毒薬、プラスチック製スプーンやフォーク、割り箸など

ご注意:

開封済み食品、消費期限切れ食品、衣類は受付ける事ができませんのでください!

送付およびお持ち込み先:

宅急便や郵便利用時の当所への送料は送付者のご負担で(元払い)お願いします。

〒108-0073

東京都港区三田3-4-22

TIS緊急物資供給センター宛

連絡先:090-6569-7038
お問い合わせおよびボランティアご希望の方は、support@support.tokyois.comまでメールにてご一報ください。

特設サイトhttp://www.support.tokyois.com/でも情報をご覧いただけます。

皆様のご協力をお願いいたします!

東京インターナショナル・スクール&TEDxTokyo、セカンド・ハーベスト・ジャパン連携チーム

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HOPE-JP and Global Medic have been collecting supplies to at our Donation Drive at the Hilton Nagoya the last four days and the turnout has been good and many people have already come to donate supplies and show their support. By extending our Donation Drive at the Hilton Nagoya we intend to keep sending more trucks full of your donations to the Tohoku area. In response to this great tragedy within our community and the many inquiries from HOPE-JP’s supporters, HOPE-JP has created the HOPE for Japan Fund, for those who desire to give through HOPE International Development Agency in Japan to the helpless and needy in Northern Japan.

In keeping with our philosophy of working with local grassroots organizations, we will establish partnerships and focus the funds on medium and long-term support, especially in areas where people are most in need. More info here.

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Good Neighbors Japan グッドネーバーズジャパン (see reports of their work here, here, here and here)
Online donations in Japanese http://www.gnjp.org/campaign/emgcy_2011tohoku.html / in English
Bank transfer information
Bank name Mitsubishi UFJ Branch: Hongo, Regular account
Account number 1155337
Account name: tokuhi) guddo nebazujaypan
Please be sure to write “tohoku” after you name
銀行振込
三菱東京UFJ銀行 本郷支店
口座番号: 普通 1155337
口座名義: トクヒ)グッドネーバーズジャパン
振込依頼人名:
振込依頼人名に続けて「トウホク」とご入力ください。例)ヤマダ ハナコ トウホク

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Nippon Volunteer Network Active in Disaster, Inc.
(特)日本災害救援ボランティアネットワーク(NVNAD)
1-5-1 Wakihamakaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0073, JAPAN
URL http://www.nvnad.or.jp/
Bank transfer information
Bank name: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Branch: Nichinomiya
Account type regular
Account number 7833392
Account name: tokutei)nihon saigaikyuen boranteia nettowaku
銀行振込
三井住友銀行 西宮支店(普)7833392
口座名義 特定非営利活動法人日本災害救援ボランティアネットワーク

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KOZMOZ INTERNATIONAL JAPAN is currently gathering food stocks and funds for the grief stricken in the North Part of Japan. The roads have been provisionally opened and the first trucks with relief supplies have started to get though. Presently, Kozmoz is soliciting and delivering food stocks, daily necessities and emergency funds. We will be focusing on providing funds and rice to be followed with providing essentials continual support over the coming year. Please call me 08056301405 or bring it with you to Coolabar Shinsaibashi. All donations will be delivered to Sendai asap. Details at: http://www.kozmoz.org/

Regional organizations:

KANSAI CARES https://sites.google.com/site/osakaajet/kansaicares Osaka AJET in collaboration with the fine establishment owners of Osaka are collecting food, daily needs supplies, and money for victims of the Tohoku Earthquake of March 11th, 2011. Twitter Feed for updates on what people are bringing at http://twitter.com/KansaiCares

From Tuesday, March 29th through April 1st, volunteers will be stationed between Wax and Kama Sutra to accept material donations from the hours of 8 to 11 pm. Cinquecento is also accepting donations now and during the hours the AJET table is not in operation. In addition, on April 1st, there will be a charity Bar Night at participating bars around Osaka.

The Japan Asian Association and Asian Friendship Societyアジア協会アジア友の会
is looking for Osaka-based volunteers to help with material and monetary donations. please get more information from the site.

Rescue stockyard in Nagoya: http://www.rsy-nagoya.com/rsy/

Niigata Saigai (Disaster Volunteer Network): http://soiga.com/npo/nsvn

Groups in Hyogo:  http://www.hyogo-ip.or.jp/en/modtreepage01_1374/

Hyogo International Association Information and Advisory Service Center URL: http://www.hyogo-ip.or.jp/info/support/modtreepage01_6121/Skype

International Center for Understanding in Sasayama http://www.hnpo.comsapo.net/weblog


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ASHINAGA (あしなが育英会)http://www.ashinaga.org/e/index.php As in all emergencies of such crippling magnitude, children who have lost their parents/guardians are the most vulnerable. ASHINAGA stands ready to assist these children in their days of greatest need. Ashinaga is now accepting donations in support of activities related to the financial aide, education and emotional care of children orphaned from the Tohoku Tsunami disaster. Even children still with both parents have been emotionally traumatized and need care.
あしなが育英会 
http://www.ashinaga.orgAshinaga
Website in English http://www.ashinaga.org/e/index.php
Online donation in Japanese for disaster orphans scholarships:
https://ashinaga.donation.fm/index2.html

あしなが育英会は、遺児への奨学金の貸し出しによる経済的な援助や短期ケアプログラムの「つどい」、阪神大震災遺児の「レインボーハウス」での活動などの「心のケア」をしています。その運営は、個人の方々のご寄付を中心にしています。事業内容と収支報告をご支援者に公開しています

Various shiyayakusho and kuyakusho in Chiba City are accepting donations as of today.
They are only taking five items.
Adult diapers
Wet tissues
Toilet paper
Large side gomi bukuro
Menstrual pads

Tokyo Baptist Church’s Northeast Japan Rebuilding Mission Projects:

- Sending of relief supplies … Bring them to the TBC carparking lot on weekends. List includes: food, water, hygiene items, toiletries, medical items, children’s clothes, sanitary napkins, toilet paper, baby diapers, powder milk, rice (no wash rice better), canned foods, pouch-packed foods (unexpired), cassette gas, battery cells, Kairos (portable handwarmer), portable toilets (unopened), antiseptics, external medications including adhesive, bandages (unopened)

- Sending of its Baptist Global Response (BGR – a global relief and development organization) relief teams – who will cook and serve food at evacuation centers … and assess the needs of affected areas.

- Reach out to evacuees in Tokyo and nearby cities … food cooking and serving and providing emotional and spiritual care.

- Open homes and host a family… helping people who need a place to stay. See www.tokyobaptist.org website for more info on the above: contact nejhost@tokyobaptist.org

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Note: Oxfam Japan is channeling funds to local organizations that aim to fill some of the gaps in aid – providing a hotline for non-Japanese speakers like migrant workers, for example, and assisting nursing mothers.Oxfam America is accepting funds to support their efforts. However, Oxfam America is not carrying out a response to the Japan disaster for these reasons: Unlike many countries around the world, the Japanese government has had both the means to deliver large amounts of aid as quickly as the conditions on the ground permit, calling for specific outside resources (such as more search-and-rescue teams) as needed. So far, Oxfam’s particular expertise in emergencies – including delivering water and sanitation facilities – has not been required. 

Tokyo Voluntary Center says:

“The scale of the damage is enormous. We expect the support and recovery effort will need the long-term support of many volunteers. ” We also ask that you maintain your investment in and support for this cause, and will post aid requests from disaster sites as we receive them.

Please do not go to the disaster area yourself. At the moment, professional, trained workers, organizations and local residents are working at the disaster sites. Transportation, safe locations, food, information and fuel are all scarce. At this stage, volunteers could cause further shortages and confusion by traveling to the site themselves.

As of April 19th, we have received news that volunteer centers have opened in the disaster area, but we ask that those living outside Fukushima prefecture remain cautious. Local residents are working together with trained, organized professionals. Let us avoid causing further difficulties. Please reach out to your families and friends, and at your schools and workplaces. Money is extremely helpful to the relief cause, and allows us to procure the goods disaster areas need.

Resources on volunteering:

Japan Volunteers is a resource site for people who want to know how to support earthquake-tsunami relief efforts in Japan. “Sharing information and opportunities for getting involved in relief efforts, we hope to link you with organizations helping support persons most affected by the earthquake, tsunami and the aftermath” URL: https://japanvolunteers.wordpress.com/volunteers/

Japanese government website on volunteering – URL: http://www.bousai.go.jp/vol/

If you want to help, please donate:

JCIE=Japan center for International Exchange(via Paypal/Creditcard) /English

KYODO BOKIN(きょうどうぼきん/community chest/via postal saving) /Japanese

Japan Red Cross(via Citibank) /English

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Volunteering tips from Japan Volunteers web resource:

Sendai shopping volunteers: Have a look at the Otodoketai and see what you can do to help elders in the Sendai area! http://www.dunamis.jp/otodoketai/

Japan EQ Animal Rescue and Support
Need people in Tokyo that are at bilingual (Japanese/English).  Or at least an English speaker that is good at Japanese, or visaversa. That said, we need other Tokyo based errands:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Japan-Earthquake-Animal-Rescue-and-Support/207835229228979

If you are inclined to go up – Go through an organization or group already set up. MOST ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS AS THEY NEED THEM, NOT ALL THE TIME. Do not be surprised that you might be turned away if you just show up.

Contact an organization or a local disaster volunteer center first and ask them about their needs. Let them know when and how long you can help out for and ask if there are any particular things you will need to bring: http://www.jpn-civil.net/support/volunteer/post.html

For non-Japanese if you have limited Japanese language skills, go with people who are fluent.  To be effective you will need to be able to communicate with people – otherwise you will be draining off resources that are already lacking.

Remember, there are all sorts of work that needs to be done for all levels of physical strength. But the work is NOT easy, whether you are cleaning mud out of homes, moving drift wood, bathing elderly people, driving for 12 hours or cooking 2 meals a day for 1000 people.

Some tips for people going up:
1. Dress appropriately for the cold. Wear work clothes, including boots and gloves, etc. Do not bring too many things.
2. Bring face masks and antibacterial hand wash.
3. You should have proper identification and insurance–most places will not accept you unless you do.
4. NO picture-taking (no “disaster tourism” please!)
5. Be self sufficient: Bring all your own food, water, wet tissues, garbage bags, toilet paper, etc. In some cases, you will need to bring your trash back with you
6.  Be sensitive to the local people’s feeling and needs. Be careful about what you say to people, about asking about people’s experience and please avoid nervous laughter – this can cause harm.
7. Check if the location you are going to has any specific needs – do not fill up your car with diapers just because you hard they are useful. There are big gaps in resources and facilities.
8. Housing: looking to this before you go. Understand that there may or may not be places to stay and you may not have a chance to change privately.
9. Gender violence issues: if you are a woman please be careful about going anywhere alone. If you are a guy – please look out for your female friends. In post-disaster situations gender based violence spikes and from what I have heard so far, no evacuation center leaders (mostly old men) do not want to deal with the existing GBV as they are worried about bad press.
10. Be ready to work hard, at least for a while; but be ready to stand around waiting, also. That is part of the deal.
11. Expect to not be able to take daily showers.
12. Go with others….

This work is stressful and can be shocking – your support is needed but after each disaster some volunteers end up needed to be rescued themselves. Know your self and what you can contribute.

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Below is a list of volunteering activities that are being carried out by foreign volunteers in Tohoku:

Here are some ideas for things to do – by Miguel Arboleda (DisasterJapan.org video of group Miguel volunteered with):

• Cook food (the evacuees in Minami Sanriku Cho went absolutely bananas over a tai yaki… sweets filled waffle-like dessert… stand, while completely ignoring the instant noodle stand next door)
• Deliver food and other supplies, like water and fuel.
(this can be both as an individual, or for groups that are strapped for help)
• Carry boxes
• Help distribute medical supplies with the medical teams
• Sit and talk to evacuees (they are bored out of their skulls)
• Join a volunteer group to search for photos and other valuables, which I did (this is a very sensitive activity… unless you are with a recognized group, most locals will NOT be happy with you walking around on their land or in their destroyed homes)
• Entertain the children
• As a woman, bring women’s supplies, offer listening ear as a woman, helping with the chores they are involved with.
• As a man, help get the men out of sitting around the evacuation sites getting angry… help them feel useful, perhaps, by offering to help them start cleaning up their homes (very dangerous work, so know what you are doing)
• Help people build small projects like small, homemade wood stoves or simple and cheap “privacy curtains” that will allow families some measure of protection from prying eyes in the evacuation centers
• With approval from the local authorities, just simply get out and start clearing away garbage from the tsunami hit areas. It will take years to clean it all up.
• Donate textbooks to the school children (many families have nothing whatsoever left and cannot afford to send their children to school. My university is letting these students attend school without paying for tuition)
• Storytelling to children
• Drawing sessions with children… often they will express their feelings that they cannot express in words.
• Set up a mobile bath unit
• Set up a mobile coffee stand… the people will probably pronounce you a god! ;-)
• Set up a mobile massage unit, or just go around offering people massages, including simple foot baths
• Offer free hair cuts
• Set up a mobile computer stand, where people can work on computers and print and possibly connect to the internet
• Bring small flowers in pots for people to keep in their evacuation center spaces to liven things up a bit
• Offer to take photos with families among the cherry blossoms
• Offer to do pet grooming
• Help move boxes in city volunteer centers
• Help make phone calls in city volunteer centers

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Relief and volunteering related to childcare, below you will find the work of organizations that are requesting donations or volunteer help for projects related to the care of children or schoolchildren at evacuation shelters (source):

Caring for Young Refugees (CYR)
[Project areas] Miyagi and Saitama Prefectures (Saitama is where many victims from Fukushima Prefecture are going to establish evacuee’s lives)
[Beneficiaries] Young children, their mothers and staff members of nurseries
[Summary of our projects]
1.    CYR is planning to offer childcare services in several project areas in Miyagi and Saitama Prefectures for victims, offering opportunities for people in affected areas to be paid volunteers in order to promote participation of our projects, and working closely with other related organizations to implement our projects effectively.
~    Donating 30 sets of toys, teaching materials, and picture books to evacuation centers and temporary compounds in Miyagi and Saitama Prefectures. Toys and teaching materials are handmade materials from volunteers.
~    Providing scholarship to buy school uniforms and stationary for those who face difficulties.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL:http://www.cyr.or.jp/cyrblogs/index_000239.html

Plan Japan
[Project areas]
Tagajo City and its surrounding areas, Miyagi Prefecture
[Beneficiaries]
Children, students, and their parents in the activity areas
Teaching, clerical staff and specialists such as clinical psychotherapists who are engaging in medical care for children
[Summary of our projects]
The goal is to provide safe living conditions, both mentally and physically, for children hit by the earthquake and tsunami. Plan Japan carries out the following activities:
~    To provide school supplies in expectation of resuming 16 elementary and junior high schools in Tagajo City, Matsushima and Watari Town.
~    To hold workshops for teaching and clerical staff as well as medical personnel who engage in medical care for children of the devastated areas.
~    To install and manage play areas for children of the devastated areas and to hold events for them
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL: http://www.plan-japan.org/topics/news/110315jishin/

Peace Winds Japan (PWJ)
[Project areas]
Kesennuma City and Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture
Ofunato and Rikuzentakada City, Iwate prefecture
[Beneficiaries]
Victims living in shelters and those who move into temporary housing and corporate managers affiliated to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
[Summary of our projects] …
Psycho-social care
We procure and provide toys for kids as well as set space (play room) where children can play with our staff. Furthermore, various programmes are currently under consideration such as lectures on how to deal with the mental trauma of children in the framework of psycho-care and support.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL: http://www.peace-winds.org/jp/news/index.html

World Vision Japan
[Project areas]
Minimisanriku Town, Tome and Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
Yamada Town, Tono City and Otsuchi Town, Iwate prefecture
[Beneficiaries]
People hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake, especially children
[Summary of our projects]
Among others, World Vision Japan is also managing Child Friendly Service (CFS) to alleviate grief and anxiety among children who lost their family members or friends.

Our future activities are as follows; to expand the areas of CFS; to provide recreation areas for the elderly; to open community kitchens in order to provide nutritionally balanced meals; and to provide urgent necessities for the people who enter temporary housing, or school supplies for children.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL: http://www.worldvision.jp/news/news_list.html?link_id=snav01

Kokkyo naki Kodomotachi, Children without Borders (KnK)
[Project areas] 5 municipalities in coastal part of Iwate Prefecture (Yamada Town, Otsuji Town, Kamaishi City, Ofunato City and Rikuzentakada City)
[Beneficiaries] Juveniles in devastated areas
[Summary of our projects]
KnK is coordinating with boards of education in 5 municipalities in coastal part of Iwate Prefecture (Yamada Town, Otsuji Town, Kamaishi City, Ofunato City and Rikuzentakada City) regarding educational materials, school bus, school uniform and equipments for staff room in order to re-open and to proceed education at elementary and junior high schools. From 18th to 23rd April, we will again visit the same areas to conduct the third survey in Iwate Prefecture.
We will continuously conduct needs investigation with cooperation of local communities in order to support mental care for juveniles through doing sports and cultural activities for mid-long term durtation.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL : http://www.knk.or.jp/act/JPN/news.html

Campaign for the Children of Palestine
Staff and volunteers of the Campaign for the Children of Palestine began to assist in evacuation centers in Iwate Prefecture. We conducted hearing surveys asking members of the Council of Social Welfare and leaders of each evacuation center about the welfare of children and what is essentially lacking. With support from various fields we have sent relief supplies to Otsuchi Town such as food, candy, bottled water, water-free shampoos, flashlights and so forth. We decided to give a helping hand to Ando Elementary School that accommodates over 300 evacuees. The school has been sheltering a large number of children and lacking enough schoolteachers to serve as caretakers. Tents were set up at the corners of the school for children because there are already people living inside the school’s facilities. For more details of our activities, please visit our URL:http://profile.ameba.jp/ccp-tohoku/

 Child Fund Japan
[Project area] Iwate Prefecture, Miyagi Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture
[Beneficiaries] Children and adults who engage with children (teachers and etc), other
[Summary of our project]
As an emergency assistance, we have so far delivered relief supplies to Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture, Natori City, Sendai City, Ishimaki City, Miyagi Prefecture and Ofunato City, Iwate Prefecture.
We will conduct the same kind of assistance based on the local needs. However, we have no plan to provide emergency relief supplies outside of our project areas.
As recovery assistance, the following projects are going on.
1.    Making “Guidance of mental health care for children”. It will be from May.
You can download PDF file from http://www.childfund.or.jp/?p=2126.
2.    Starting “We are with you!” project from May.
Providing stationery sets to elementary students with messages from the Philippines and Nepal. We are currently looking for target schools for provision.
3.    Conducting workshop for elementary school teachers about “Children mental health” (workshop schedule to be decided)
4.    Conducting “Grief work” for those who lost family and important persons.
It will be held about six times from June in Tokyo, Fukushima Prefecture and Iwate Prefecture.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL: http://www.childfund.or.jp/?p=1992

The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA)
[Project areas] Ohtsuchi Town, Shimohei, Iwate Prefecture.
Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture
[Beneficiaries] Victims of Ohtsuchi Town, Shimohei, Iwate Prefecture and Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture
[Summary of our projects]
AMDA has been providing medical relief since March 12th, 2011 in Minamisanriku Town, Kamaishi, Ohtsuchi Town (Iwate Prefecture). Victims in those areas often tell us that they feel relieved when they see AMDA Jackets (usually staff members of AMDA wear blue jackets with name of the organization).
However, some evacuation centers closed since April marks the beginning of a new school year in Japan, and most of the evacuation centers are public schools. We decided to hand over our activities to local doctors and medical facilities in order to reconstruct and develop the local medical system. As AMDA’s decision, we are going to shift our activity of dispatching medical teams directly, to the activity of supporting local doctors. AMDA takes over medical team activity’s on April 20th, 2011 to local doctors, and we will continue to support the local healthcare system in affected areas of earthquake and tsunami, educational reconstruction, and scholarship for students and providing school supplies.
For more details of our activities, please visit our URL: http://amda.or.jp/

Good Neighbors JAPAN
[Project areas] Kamaishi City, Yamada Town and Okaji Town, Iwate Prefecture
[Beneficiaries] Adults and children
[Summary of our projects]
1. Children Support Project
We are visiting kindergartens and nursery schools in Kamaishi City and Okaji Town, Iwate Prefecture in order to deliver futons and to do cleaning while reviewing the possibility to construct temporary kindergartens.

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Related topic: Superheroes cheer children in tsunami zone (Japan Times, May 7) Excerpts below:

The battle between the buggy-eyed blue superhero and the evil sea monster and his ninja henchmen was a brief but refreshing return to normalcy for children in this coastal city.

Nearly two months after their lives were roiled by the massive March 11 tsunami, the boys and girls of Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, many whom still live in shelters or half-ruined homes surrounded by debris, were treated to the stage show as part of Children’s Day celebrations.

“It’s been a long time since the kids were this excited,” said Yukiko Takeyama, who brought her two boys, aged 4 and 6, to Thursday’s event at the town’s famous cartoon museum.

Takeyama’s family lives in the second story of their house because the ground floor was destroyed. She spends most of her time trying to clean up and comfort her boys, who still cry and run to be hugged when aftershocks rumble each day.

The show was hosted by the Mangattan Museum, built in honor of Shotaro Ishinomori, one of the most well-known “manga” cartoon authors. … Families waited in line for hours to get inside, fed by volunteers who cooked fried noodles and chicken on skewers.

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News articles about relief work:

Tokyo Voluntary Action Center (TVAC) bus services.  NHK news Online carried an announcement on March 31, 2011 that the government of Tokyo will provide bus service for volunteers wishing to go to help out in areas affected by the earthquake disaster. The service is being coordinated by 東京ボランティア・市民活動センター (TVAC).Volunteers wishing to use the service should call TVAC -Tel.: 03-3235-1171

Tokyo Voluntary Action Center -  founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization which was set up under the mission of promoting volunteerism in Tokyo Metropolitan area. We have been and will be developing volunteer programs in schools, companies, and a range of various communities in cooperation with local volunteer centers and more wide-areaed organizations. On the other hand, providing ongoing support and opportunities of networking for volunteers and NPOs is another one of our important tasks. We also conduct researches on various issues, which are to be forwarded to the public, hoping them to turn out to be a series of innovative proposals to it.

Relief workers must adjust quickly (Japan Times) JEN, Peaceboat and Crash Japan are featured in this article

Foreign volunteers in relief efforts (Japan Times) Peaceboat is featured in this article

Expats lend a hand in Japan ‘guerilla-style’ Foreign Volunteers Japan is featured here.

 Help for Ofunato:
Although this March 15th Channel 4 news report in link below, on the seaside town of Ofunato, is dated (some details have now changed), here you can see that international rescue and volunteer groups have arrived to bring support and relief to the people. The ‘All Hands’ volunteer group who I spoke about last week will be setting up a base here and today (March 29th) will join a ‘Second Harvest’ food convoy to Ofunato. Paddy Foley’s will try to help the ‘All Hands’ group with fund raising and logistical support in the days and months ahead and we hope our community here can also join us in supporting the work of these volunteer groups. More details will be forthcoming.

Tsunami: rescuers reach ‘desolate’ town of Ofunato  www.channel4.com
British aid workers have reached the remote tsunami hit Japanese town of Ofunato which chief correspondent Alex Thomson describes as a “desolation, almost beyond words.”

Japan Times “Website started to shows what quake relief supplies are in demand” Apr 25, 2011

Too many volunteers to put up (Japan Times, Apr 27)

Japan Kizuna articles

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