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Generosity, その2

March 24, 2011

It’s been heartbreaking watching the aftermath of the catastrophic Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami. Most of my contacts in Japan were further south and thankfully, all accounted for within hours of the disaster but it’s impossible not to feel terrible about all the other people who were not so fortunate. Even 2 weeks later, people are without decent food, electricity, shelter and everyone is still extremely nervous about radiation levels.

I’d been getting my information through 兵庫県’s international mailing list and a multilingual information site created to address the concerns of foreigners living in Japan following the earthquake but for at least a week, I couldn’t figure out anything that I could do from here that would actually help. Even though I had an inbox full of emails from stores proclaiming ‘ Shop here and we’ll donate 0.5% to Japan! Text ‘donate’ to 55555 and we’ll figure out something to do with the money that might involve Japan relief!’, I felt like I needed a cure for the common relief effort. Having lived 10%* of my life in Japan, wasn’t it my duty to make a special effort in such a time of crisis? Luckily, as an alumna of the JET Program, I was made aware of two opportunities to help: The JETAA USA Fund and the Multilingual Medical Terms Translation List, a project created by fellow JET alumna Stephanie Toriumi. After making a humble donation and adding some terms en español to the list, I still felt like I needed to do more. Then, I remembered my sorely neglected blog…

It took me a little while, but I finally found a way to make a meaningful contribution. The two options I mentioned above might seem a little JET-centric, but if you’re looking for ways to contribute to the relief effort, I’ve compiled a few more links that have been passed my way. It doesn’t have to be about money. If you want to help, just send someone you know one of these links. Thanks for your help.

New York Cares for Japan

Japan Society NY

Hope Letters

Red Cross

Doctors Without Borders

International Medical Corps

Thanks to jetwit for keeping me abreast of the news, information and relief efforts of the JET community.本当にありがとうございます!

*nearly 3 years