March 11, 2011 the east coast of Japan was hit by the fourth biggest earthquake ever recorded. A 33ft tsunami followed, sweeping away everything in its path. Now, as the country starts to asses devastation and begin to recover, Japan is threatened by a nuclear crisis with several nuclear power plants damaged from the quake and nearing meltdown.
The videos and photographs that fill the media at the moment ony give an inkling into the indescribable effect that this natural disaster has had on the people of Japan.
If you are one of the many many people across the world sat in your arm-chair watching the news on tv, or at your computer desk YouTubing the video footage, sat on the bus to work checking out the latest news on your phone, take a moment to think how you can help.
The main way that we can help the recovery effort is to donate money. The British Red Cross are receiving donations to a specially set up fund online here. Red Cross across the globe are accepting donations in a variety of ways, the US you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10.
The Japanese Red Cross has been working on the ground since the disaster, mobilising 85 teams, made up of more than 700 doctors, nurses and support staff to offer first aid and health care as well as assessing the needs of the community now.
Other organisations also offering aid to Japan include Shelterbox (www.shelterbox.org). Shelterbox provide emergency shelter to those affected by disasters like these by providing a box of aid, containing items such as tents, cooking equipment and blankets. A vital resource for the reported 2 million people whose homes have been destroyed.
If you haven’t got the money to donate, there are other ways to help. www.thanksto.com is a site where you can send your messages of thanks to the rescue and aid workers deployed to help in Japan. Leaving a message of thanks, lets these guys know that the world is with them and just how special and vital that work that they are doing is.
Finally, send your prayers, love and hope to all of those people affected. We’re all on one planet and the people of Japan need to know that we are with them in heart and mind and they are not alone.