A huge 8.9 earthquake and subsequent tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011 and cause extensive devastation. The earthquake activated fires and caused severe damage to buildings. 1.2 million Homes are being left without electricity and 1.4 million without water. Approximately 2,000 are injured and over 2,000 people have been died in the disaster. This is expected that number of dead will be increased to approximately 10,000. "Deepest condolences" has been sent by President Obama and he also promised to support the suffering nation.
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The United States is ready to help in providing relief to the Japanese people in this time of great trial. Many organizations and funds are also ready to provide relief from the disaster to affected people. Efforts have already been launched in Japan by the Red Cross in response to the quake. Since the disaster started, Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground. To provide first aid and healthcare and assess the damage and requirements of the communities affected, 85 teams are built of over 700 doctors, nurses and support staff. Many people are seeking ways of providing relief efforts in Japan by giving donations.
Links of Charities for donation in Japan:
Save The Children: “Save The Children” charity provides immediate humanitarian relief in the form of emergency health care and provision of shelter and non-food items. People can call 1800 76 00 11 or visit www.savethechildren.org.au to donate for providing relief from the disaster.
Mercy Corps: A donation fund is positioned by Mercy Corp for its partner, Peace Winds Japan, and its emergency assistance on the ground of Japan but it has not sent its own team. Donors can call 888-747-7440 or visit the website www.mercycorps.org to make a donation.
Red Cross: Red Cross is the main international relief agency that accepts donations directly online or through the mail. Donors can call 800-733-27677 or visit www.redcross.org.au to contribute to the relief efforts. Every text message is of a $10 donation to the Red Cross that will be included in the donors’ next cell phone bill.
Medecins Sans Frontiers: An international humanitarian aid organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) provides emergency medical help to inhabitants in danger in over 60 countries. MSF workers including doctors, nurses and support staff have started working alongside the Japanese disaster to help people through the ordeal of the earthquakes and tsunami. Visit www.msf.org to donate to help people in Japan.
Medical Teams International: Medical Teams International is working with its nine church partners to help in providing water, food and other requirements of survivors of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Donors can visit www.medicalteams.org to donate to Medical Teams International.
World Vision Canada: World Vision is amongst the first organizations to start relief work by distributing emergency supplies such as blankets, hygiene items for babies and children, hygiene items for women and bottled water and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent requirements. Donors can call at 1-866-595-5550, or visit www.worldvision.ca to donate for Japan.
DFAT: Visit www.dfat.gov.au to donate for helping suffered people in Japan from earthquake and tsunami. Assistance helpline: +61 2 6261 3305 and DFAT hotline for Australians concerned about family and friends: 1300 555 135.
Unluckily, there are always cheaters try to take advantage during tragic times. So people need to be careful about the way of donating if they want to donate money to the relief efforts. People need to be confident to get the full name of the charity and ask how much of their donation will support the cause. People remember that do not provide credit or debit card information to telemarketers. They have to write a check instead of giving cash. They can give donation to their familiar charity. Donors need to know that:
- Do not act in response to any unsolicited incoming e-mails that contains clicking links within the messages; it may include computer viruses.
- Be unconvinced of persons, who represent themselves like members of charitable organizations or officials and request for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
- Do not follow links that are provided via e-mail or social networking sites, donors need to look for the charity themselves.
- Provide donations on your behalf directly to recognized organizations.
- Reputable charities do not pressurized people for so do not be pressured into making contributions.
- Most lawful charities websites use .org rather than .com in end.
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