Friday, March 18, 2011

How to Help Japan

The tragedy in Japan proved that even rich countries are helpless when struck by natural disaster. In a grave scenario that could have been a Hollywood movie, the island country was hit by an earthquake with magnitude 9.0, followed by tsunami, radiation and snow. While the official death toll is raising every day and many are reported missing, the survivors need urgent help.

Being away for a long weekend, I only realized the extent of what was happening upon my return back home on Monday evening (March 14). My first impulse was to pray and send blessing, followed by the immediate decision to donate to an involved in the matter charity. It took me a while to find information about it and at the end decided on the Japanese Red Cross society.

Japan has often donated when other countries have experienced disasters, such as when Hurricane Katrina impacted the United States.

Where to donate?
  • Japanese Red Cross society - I used this link on Google Crisis Response to send my donation via Google Checkout. In the meanwhile it also lists other possible charities, such as Unicef, Save The Children and International Medical Corps.
  • Your national Red Cross society, as long as it collects donations for Japan. The Red Cross is an international organization, so donating to the American Red Cross, for example, will also be helpful. By the way, I just read in the news that Sandra Bullock, known for her outstanding support of disaster relief efforts, has donated $1 million to it.
  • Shelter Box -  Shelter Box in a charity that packs and delivers boxes with the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. 
Prayer is a beautiful way to ask for additional divine help and also contribute to elevation of the collective vibration regarding the matter. The power of thought, belief and vibration is often underestimated. You can pray or send blessings in any way you prefer.

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