Every Little Thing Counts in a Crisis

Photograph: AP/Kyodo NewsIf you are like me, you’ve been following the situation in Japan over the past number of days  feeling heartbroken and helpless.  The scenes coming in from the hardest hit areas are almost surreal. Sadly, the situation continues to worsen as the nuclear crisis continues.

It is hard to even comprehend where any relief effort will begin in Japan.  The scale of the disaster is just so enormous.  Thankfully, there are many skilled relief agencies that are trained to respond to this sort of crisis.  

In the coming weeks and months, these agencies will need a great deal of support as they begin to respond to the growing crisis.  Every dollar received will go a long way towards assisting in what will undoubtedly be a lengthy recovery for the people of Japan.  As Jawajarlal Nehru once said, “every little thing counts in a crisis.”

Taken from the CBC website, here are a number of ways in which you can support the survivors of this terrible tragedy:

Humanitarian Coalition

Under the banner of the Humanitarian Coalition, four aid agencies — CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada — have joined together to raise funds for Japan relief operations.

Phone: 1-800-464-9154

Website: www.together.ca

Canadian Red Cross

The Canadian Red Cross is also encouraging Canadians to support relief, evacuation and emergency response efforts with donations to its Japan Earthquake/Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund. Wireless users can text ASIA to 30333 to donate $5 to relief efforts.

Phone: 1-800-418-1111

Website: www.redcross.ca

Doctors Without Borders

Medical and logistics teams from Doctors Without Borders were racing to the worst-hit areas in Japan's Iwate and Miyagi prefectures by helicopter, as roads are blocked by flooding. The organization relies mainly on donations to support field operations for medical assistance.

Phone: 1-800-982-7903

Website: www.msf.ca