Japan’s catastrophic 9.0 earthquake and the resulting tsunamis and aftershocks have left 350,000 people homeless and 15,000 people missing, according to the latest reports. As the world mourns this event, many are looking to give money to help with relief efforts. The SVG team has been closely following the disaster and our mourning the loss of so many lives. While our work is exclusively in China, we wanted to compiled a short list of organizations and resources to aid our readers who are interested in giving to relief efforts. (Please note the following organizations are offered for your reference but are not endorsed by SVG.)
Charity Navigator: The charity ranking site features a list of organizations participating in relief efforts as well as helpful tips to consider before giving.
Doctors Without Borders (Médicines Sans Frontières): Medical professionals are on the ground running mobile clinics and conducting assessments of needs. They have not set aside a discretionary fund for the Japan earthquake but donors can give to their general fund.
Give2Asia: Our friends at Give2Asia have set up a Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Fund that will work to meet immediate and long term needs. Local advisors in Tokyo are helping them assess the disaster from the ground.
Global Giving: Global Giving is working with organizations on the ground including Save the Children and International Medical Corps to provide relief aid. Their Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund will disburse donations to their partner organizations. Updates will be sent to donors via email.
Recommendations on Giving: The Give Well blog recommends waiting to give to relief/recovery efforts and explains why based on lessons from the Haiti earthquake and Japan’s economic situation.
Save the Children: Existing staff and staff from across the globe are working with children and families, with a particular emphasis on the needs of children.
World Vision: World Vision will distribute relief supplies to quake and tsunami survivors and will focus on responding to the emotional needs of children.