Reaching Survivors in Japan

When Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11, more than one million people lost everything. In a blink of an eye, hundreds of thousands of families were without the basic necessities of shelter, food and clean water. Critical infrastructure including roads and phone lines was destroyed. Through our dedicated partners on the ground, the Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA), Peacebuilders and the Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), we rushed medicine, food, water and other essential supplies to survivors.

As of April 22, approximately 12,000 people are still missing, 1.4 million survivors lack access to water, and nearly 131,000 remain displaced. Relief International is meeting the needs of those who need it most by working through Japan-based organizations with proven experience, long-term commitment to the country and deep understanding of local needs.

• In Fukushima prefecture, Peacebuilders is providing much-needed logistical support and basic emergency supplies such as bottled water, ready-to-eat meals, clothing and hygiene items to thousands of families throughout the region, particularly in Minamisouma City where rumors of radiation leaks have resulted in a critical shortage of volunteers.

• Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA) has dispatched 131 emergency medical personnel, truckloads of medicine, vitamins, dust-proof goggles, sanitary goods medical supplies and services through mobile medical clinics. In Iwate prefecture, AMDA is distributing donated toys and stuffed animals to children during their medical treatment and has implemented a nutritional program to improve the health of evacuees. In Miyagi prefecture, as virus outbreaks become more prevalent and hygiene concern increases with the approach of the warm season, AMDA is delivering mobile clinic services through preventive and hygiene assistance.

• In Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan), a 31-year old leading Japanese nonprofit, has delivered food, six tons of water, 3,200 liters of kerosene, 3,400 sleeping bags, warm clothes, and hygiene supplies to 20 care centers. AAR has assisted more than 15,000 people in the affected areas, particularly the elderly and disabled.

The recovery in Japan will take time. Relief International and our supporters share an ongoing commitment to assist local Japanese groups in helping communities recover, especially those serving the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Your generosity and support can translate directly into the activities noted above and will continue to assist people who have experienced a profound tragedy and face severe challenges in the months ahead.

While the efforts of Relief International and its partner organizations have greatly helped the survivors of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, more help is still needed:

Join us in providing immediate medical support, clean drinking water and life-saving supplies to survivors.

Thank you your support to help the people of Japan during this critical hour of need.

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Photo Caption: Peacebuilders team member Ms. Imamura (left) delivers goods funded by Relief International to Mr. Hoshino, who represents the Town Office in Noda in Sendai District, Miyagi prefecture. This photo was taken on April 1, 2011.

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