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Earthquake/Tsunami Relief: How To Help Japan

Police officers search for missing persons in the rubble in Kamaishi, northern Japan, on Monday. (AP)

Police officers search for missing persons in the rubble in Kamaishi, northern Japan, on Monday. (AP)

The following groups have set up fund-raising websites specifically for the victims of Friday’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

American Red Cross – Red Cross officials say donors can text Red Cross to 90999 and a $10 donation will automatically be charged to donor’s phone bill, or donations can be made directly on its website.

BPS Students Unite for Japan - Boston Public Schools students are working to help children affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan through various activities, from designing and selling t-shirts and ribbons to dedicating 1,000 paper cranes to victims.

Care – Care is one of the world’s largest private international humanitarian organizations. Care’s offices in Asia are on high alert and have ensured that staff are informed of the tsunami warnings and other related developments.

Doctors Without Borders – “[DWB] currently has a team of 10 people divided into three teams conducting mobile clinics and assessments in Miyagi prefecture.”

Global Giving – GlobalGiving is working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children and other organizations on the ground to disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donors can text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10, and larger increments can be submitted on GlobalGiving’s website.

International Medical Corps – IMC says their team “will focus their efforts on earthquake and tsunami affected communities that have not yet been reached.”

The Salvation Army – The Salvation Army says it has three emergency service relief teams working in areas affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Save The Children – Save the Children says it has sent emergency response teams to assess the needs of children and their families.

For more aid groups offering help to Japan, see a list of agency collected by NPR’s The Two Way Blog.

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  • Nausetsunrise

    Be SURE to SPECIFY “Japan Relief” when you make a donation to any group. This way, you will assure funds are used only for relief efforts in Japan. Otherwise, many of these groups will put donations into a general fund. They WILL use funds from the general fund for Japan relief, of course, but not in the same amounts you might desire/intend for your own donation.

  • G.

    This may also be helpful to circulate:

    The Japanese Association of Translators is assembling a list of volunteer interpreters to help in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami disaster.

    Further details – along with the current list – can be accessed at:

    http://jat.org/2011/03/14/volunteer-interpreters-for-earthquake-aftermath

  • Anonymous

    I would think donating directly to the Japanese Red Cross would be the most effective. This can now be done by going to the Google main page and clicking on “Resources related to the crisis in Japan”

    http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

  • Anonymous

    I would think donating directly to the Japanese Red Cross would be the most effective. This can now be done by going to the Google main page and clicking on “Resources related to the crisis in Japan”

    http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html

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