Making Sense of the Japan Donation Frenzy

In the wake of a series of disasters in Japan – earthquake, tsunami and the resulting nuclear emergency, over hundreds of Nonprofits have stepped forward to set-up fundraising appeals and mobilize financial donations for Japan’s relief and rehabilitation.

The Current State of Relief Efforts

The current state in Japan is of chaos and instability with continuing aftershocks and the mounting nuclear emergency. Many international and local aid agencies are still to decide their strategy. Many are currently in the “assessing the situation phase” or setting up their operational base and at the same time have their relief fund collection drives in place.

The government of Japan is currently busy with the most critical search and rescue operations, restoring and providing basic services. The local nonprofit organizations are still recouping from the disaster and living in the threat of the ongoing aftershocks and nuclear radiation, this has led people to staying put at home.

Below are Few of the Aid Agencies Involved:

American and British Red Cross are mobilizing financial aid and plan to work closely with the Japan Red Cross.

Save the Children have set-up Japan Earthquake Tsunami Children in Emergency Fund and are in the process of setting up operations in Sendai.

The International Medical Corps coordinating efforts with local bodies in the area of health, water and sanitation.

Doctors Without Borders on ground working in evacuation centers providing medical relief and plan to set-up a clinic soon

Salvation Army has an office in Tokyo which they opened to people on the day of the disaster who were unable to go home and have a team in Sendai assessing the situation

Shelter Box has a team in Japan assessing the situation and chalking out logistics for shipping Boxes. Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless

Second Harvest Japan a local NGO requesting food and other supplies

To take away from this article, international agencies on the ground are only now slowly springing into action and in the coming weeks their roles should become more significant. The big question is whether the Japanese government would need support from aid agencies and if yes then of what kind.

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Deepa Chaudhary

I have extensively worked at grass-roots from working in the slums of Mumbai to being on the frontline of numerous disaster relief efforts. I'm passionate about social entrepreneurship and I love discovering and writing about new trends in the social good space.