Friday, March 18, 2011
This week has been a pretty insane one for us at SSS, but throughout the race of meetings and appointments and interviews and toilet trips, one thing has remained consistently on our minds - Japan. We may be word people, but this tragedy has rendered us speechless; there is absolutely nothing we can say that will even remotely convey the huge sense of remorse we are feeling for the country. And so instead of writing an essay about how f'd up the state of the world is (making our audience suicidal is not in our mission statement), we thought we'd do something a little more productive: provide a few links to charities who are doing amazing work in Japan right now. It is so easy to feel like this situation is completely above us and out of our power to change, but we honestly believe that our thoughts and love and donations will transcend the pacific from Sydney to Japan and make a bit of a difference. So please, give to one of the initiatives below and hold Japan in your hearts through the coming weeks and months.
Médecins Sans Frontières
Doctors Without Borders has sent medical teams to Japan in the wake of the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, and they are currently helping out in the areas in Japan which have been up until now very difficult to access by road, mainly due to debris piled up from the Tsunami. They are continuing to search for small communities that are still in need of medical assistance.
Mercy Corps Japan
Mercy Corps has teamed up with Japanese organisation Peace Winds to delivery emergency supplies to some of the thousands of families who are currently homeless and in need of food, blankets (given the sub-zero temperatures, these are crucial) and temporary shelter in the tsunami-devastated city of Kesennuma.
Animal Refuge Kansai
Those of you who have seen the photos and video footage of the animals who have been victims of this disaster can grasp just how epic this tragedy has been for all creatures. Animal Refuge Kansai is a Japan-based animal welfare organisation that is currently working hard to rescue the furry friends who are now homeless and in danger.
Red Cross is like the celebrity charity for the Japan relief, and with good reason, too. Because it is one of the world's largest charities, it has a lot of resources and is therefore able to help in a significant way. The Red Cross is currently using donations to provide emergency equipment and aid workers to the devastated regions.
If you know of any other amazing organisations working on the ground in Japan, any auctions for relief or any other fundraisers please link us to them in the comments below.