Yesterday was spent seeing friends and doing two interviews. Today, the three of us are heading to say thank you to Sally Coles at the Travel Cuts at Ryerson University – who is the main reason that we are back in Toronto. We are also heading to the Japanese Consulate, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, and various other organizations to see how we can help.
In the mean time, check out a few of the charities and NGO’s that can use help with the disaster in Japan.
Canadian Red Cross -taking donations to send money to Japan. The Japanese Red Cross has over 2 million volunteers, but funds are needed to buy essential supplies for people at the evacuation centres. The Canadian Red Cross is also encouraging Canadians to support relief, evacuation and emergency response efforts with donations to its Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Wireless users can text ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 to relief efforts.
Humanitarian Coalition – Under the banner of the Humanitarian Coalition, four aid agencies — CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada — have joined together to raise funds for Japan relief operations.
Doctors Without Borders – Medical and logistics teams from Doctors Without Borders were racing to the worst-hit areas in Japan’s Iwate and Miyagi prefectures by helicopter, as roads are blocked by flooding. The organization relies mainly on donations to support field operations for medical assistance.
International Development and Relief Foundation – IDRF (International Development and Relief Foundation) is in the process of making plans to facilitate a response from our supporters to the immense devastation in Japan.
World Vision -A leading Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization and is focusing on providing vital relief supplies in Japan, as well as setting up child-friendly spaces in affected areas.
Federal Government – Department of Foriegn Affairs provides a list of experienced humanitarian organizations operating in Japan.