It has been six months since a powerful 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan, followed 48 hours later by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. More than 1,700 aftershocks were felt across the region in the weeks that followed.
Thanks to the more than 2,700 donors who raised more than $800,000, people affected by the earthquake are rebuilding their lives. Our vetted, high-impact partners have been hard at work. Here are six ways your donations have helped the people of Japan.
IMCRA hosted a workshop so survivors and first responders could exchange stories and determine the needs of survivors going forward.
IsraAID focused on psychological first aid to people living in Kumamoto. They hosted a support program with a specialist on post-disaster psychosocial care and a yoga instructor. They offered a yoga session to parents and children including those with special needs.
Ippan Shadan Hojin DSIA has shifted its strategy from providing food at emergency shelters to more extensive collaboration with diverse NGOs and local Social Welfare Councils (Shakai Fukushi Kyogikai) to serving food at temporary houses, building communities for disaster-stricken people, and continuing to offer psychological care.
Sweet Treat 311 is providing sustainable learning experiences and stress relief for children affected by the earthquake.
Peace Winds has been providing shelter, food, and counseling, targeting those with children, pets, and special needs. Peace Winds is now planning to move 2,000 families to the new homes and provide them with basic household supplies.
OISCA International dispatched agricultural experts and mobilized volunteers to optimize agricultural production for Nishihara Village for its fast recovery.
Be on the lookout for more stories from the impact of your donation. With your generous support, our nonprofit partners are making a difference in people’s lives, so thank you!
Britt Lake + The GlobalGiving Team
In the month since two major earthquakes struck Kumamoto, Japan, more than 1,800 donors like you have stepped forward to support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts through this fund.
Thanks to that generous support, we’re pleased to share how four vetted, high-impact GlobalGiving partners are responding to the earthquake. Here’s how your donation is already making an impact in Japan:
Japan Emergency NGO (JEN) is delivering emergency support, sanitation and clothing to earthquake-affected communities and providing support to evacuation centers.
IsraAID is providing psychological first aid and organizing child-friendly spaces for earthquake survivors. They’re also working to improve the capacity of local nonprofits and government workers through stress management activities and training on how to deliver psychological first aid.
Living Dreams is fixing damaged children’s homes and providing psychological counseling for earthquake-affected children.
International Medical Corps is providing health, nutrition, and hygiene-related care at evacuation centers, an internally-displaced persons camp, and within local communities. They’re placing a particular emphasis on assisting vulnerable populations such as the elderly and people with physical disabilities.
Stay tuned for stories in the coming months about the progress and impact of these and other organizations on the ground in Kumamoto. Thank you once again for your generous support on behalf of earthquake survivors in Japan.
Warmly, Britt Lake + the GlobalGiving Team
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