The bad news coming out of Japan has been overwhelming: a tsunami, multiple earthquakes, a nuclear crisis and a sky-rocketing death toll. Todd Wassel, the prolific blogger behind Todd’s Wanderings, was actually visiting his wife’s family in Tokyo when the earthquake struck on March 11. When you want to help, it’s easy to feel helpless but Todd is trying to change that. An aid worker for the UN, he used to live in Japan and has used his expertise to compile this terrific list of trusted local organizations that will help Japan rebuild after this heart-wrenching devastation.
Peace Winds Japan is one of the largest Japanese organizations providing humanitarian relief such as food, clothing, fuel and medical supplies to the affected areas. You can donate here.
EN is a well known NGO dedicated to restoring a self-supporting livelihood both economically and mentally to those who have been stricken with hardship due to conflicts and disasters. They are currently supporting emergency relief items such as food, woman’s hygienic items, clothes and other essentials to the survivors of the Japan Tsunami. You can donate here.
The Association of Medical Doctors of Asia (AMDA Japan) team is delivering essential medical services through mobile clinics and delivering relief goods to the nursing homes and schools (which have turned into evacuation shelters) in Aoba and Miyagino Wards. You can donate here.
OXFAM Japan is working with two partners in Japan on providing support to those on the margins of society who might otherwise have difficulty accessing emergency relief. One group is assisting mothers and babies and the other is providing information to non-Japanese speakers living in Japan. You can donate here.
Habitat For Humanity Japan is still assessing the situation but will be involved in the reconstruction of housing once the emergency period ends. This is one of the most vital aspects of recovery and the homeless will need a lot of help to put their lives back together. You can donate here.