As I began my now daily routine of searching for reputable and new ways to help donate to Japan’s disaster relief, I was sickened and disheartened as I found these links. Nuclear scares and aftershocks mean nothing to me … these words are my biggest fear.
Again, I would implore you to act as though your family members were the faces on the TV. Speaking from experience, as one who lives in Japan, in the type of area that has been affected by the earthquake and tsunami, allow me to say something urgent. While Japan’s economy is certainly well developed and far removed from the conditions of the third world, the image of modern, glistening infrastructure in Tokyo is not the reality everywhere.
The majority of people affected are fisherman and farmers and factory workers. The “inaka” as we call it, the countryside of Japan is a far cry from the bright lights of Shinjuku and Shibuya. I assure you there are no robot conventions in Minami-Sankriku. No bullet trains went speeding through Rikuzentakata.
These towns were cozy rural groups of cousins and grandparents. I live in the same type of area. Everyone knows each other, everyone helps each other. But when half of your neighbors are swept out to sea, where will the help come from?
Don’t let the car and video game industry turn you cold. Forgo that venti latte and help an elderly farmer who just lost generations of rice paddies. Skip that tacky chick flick and show solidarity with the mother whose children were crushed at kindergarten.
I woke this morning to eight inches of freshly fallen snow. My first thought was to those who are huddled in shelters. With barely enough blankets and heaters to go around, hypothermia is beginning to set in. Ease their suffering. I beg. As always, 助けてくれてありがとうございます。Thank you for helping.
UPDATED CHARITY LIST!!!
With most major, legitimate charities already listed on my blog (please view older posts for all of the links), I have begun to try and find new, creative ways for you to get involved with helping! Here are the new links for today.
Please, give generously!
Finally, I am in the process of setting up a new page on my blog, dedicated solely to links and information on how to help Japan. Also, I received an e-mail today from youtube inviting me into the partners program.
Your video Jenn in Japan – Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan 3/11/11 might be eligible for the YouTube Partnership Program, which allows you to make money from playbacks of your video.
I am applying for the program now and if I am approved, I will donate every single yen I receive to aid the earthquake and tsunami disaster relief. I will keep you all updated and will pass along the new page blog and the youtube information as soon as I am able. ありがとうございます。Thank you so much.