As I write this, people in Japan are struggling with their greatest challenges since WW II as noted by Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan. The recent earthquake has recently been upgraded to a 9.0 which is almost unimaginable in its power. You can get some idea from the extent of damage from photographs on The Big Picture here and here as well as this terrifying footage here.
I am grateful that friends and colleagues in Japan are safe, though there has been a tragic loss of life whose numbers are increasing by the hour. I’ve been talking with friends in Iwate Prefecture and other places in Japan wondering what I could do to help. Because of the scale of damage, sending goods is going to be difficult, but there are things that you can do to help:
I’ll update this entry with resources that you can assist through as I find them. Update 03/15/11: The Japanese Embassy has indicated that donations to the American Red Cross would be gratefully received.
Apple has a channel on iTunes available to donate to the Red Cross Japan Relief fund here.
The American Red Cross also takes donations by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 US via your phone bill in the USA, 30333 in Canada to donate $10 CA, 57500 in Ireland to donate €5. You can also call 1-800-RED-CROSS in the USA. Charity Navigator Score: 55.48. Per Kate’s comment below, PLEASE SPECIFY that your donation is for JAPAN RELIEF. Otherwise, funds raised go to their general fund.
Direct Relief International is currently coordinating responses with government and non-governmental organizations. You can donate here. Charity Navigator Score: 69.88.
Architecture for Humanity has a plan to support translational shelters, health clinics, schools, hospitals and more. Donate here. Charity Navigator Score: 68.45.
Relief International has staff on the ground in Tokyo and is monitoring the situation. You can donate here. Charity Navigator Score: 67.67.
Catholic Medical Mission Board is working to distribute medicines and medical supplies in Japan. You can donate here. Charity Navigator Score: 64.70.
AmeriCares is sending an emergency team and disaster relief expert. You can donate to their efforts here. Charity Navigator Score: 64.49.
Food for the Hungry is working with partners in Japan and supporting Japanese churches. You can donate here. Charity Navigator Score: 64.49.
World Vision is on the ground in Japan and distributing relief supplies. You can donate here. Charity Navigator Score 62.98.
Shelterbox is on the ground in Japan already with a team assessing needs. You can donate to their efforts here or text Shelter to 20222 to make a $10 US donation to their efforts. Charity Navigator Score: 57.79.
Japan Society is investigating options for assistance and is soliciting funds that will be disbursed to appropriate sources. Charity Navigator Score: 32.47. Update 03/17/11: The Japan Society is hosting a concert with all proceeds going to Japan earthquake relief.
The Salvation Army is currently assisting efforts to feed, house and provide disaster assistance in Japan. You can donate online here or text Japan or Quake to 80888 to make a $10 US donation via your phone bill. Charity Navigator Score: Not Scored.
The Nippon Science Support Network is coordinating immediate relief projects via existing scientific networks between Germany and Japan.
Delta is now partnering with a number of agencies so you can donate your frequent flyer miles to Japan Relief efforts.
Google has a crisis response page with a link to a people finder here.
Patrick Smith is donating all proceeds from the sale of a selection of his photographs to Japan relief efforts as are a number of other photographers. Nathan Armes is keeping a list of photographers who are donating proceeds from their photographs to Japan recovery efforts here. There are some phenomenal images that are available for your donation $$s.
Note, FAQ: The image of the Japanese Flag is from a trip to Nagoya, Japan I took some time ago. Requests to use this image for charitable purposes are absolutely granted and the image is licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution, Noncommercial, No Derivative Works.