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This page is dedicated to helping the survivors of the Friday 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan by channeling international donations to local efforts.

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The earthquake and tsunami have caused extensive and severe damage in Northeastern Japan, over 9,500 people have been confirmed dead and another 16,000 are missing, and millions more affected by lack of electricity, water and transportation.

The images of the destruction and suffering have shocked the world. However, with the World Bank reporting over 300 billion USD in damages and families torn apart there is a need for everyone to help both financially and emotionally.

A few weeks ago I posted about my Experience During the Japan Earthquake and made a plea to my readers to spread the word about helping Japan recover. My wife is from Tokyo and we are both professional aid and recovery workers with the United Nations. We have seen the recovery phase of the 2004 Tsunami up close and we know there is a tremendous need to not only raise donations but to make sure those funds are used responsibly and are in the hands of organizations with not only technical expertise but also local knowledge.

How You Can Help

A lot of people around the world want to help and have been donating to various international organizations (mainly the American Red Cross). I think this is great and with the money being transferred to the Japanese Red Cross this money will be used well. However, we also believe there is a need to donate funds directly to local Japanese organizations and NGOs that don’t have access to this type of fund raising. There are also many scams out there trying to benefit from this horrible disaster. We know that language barriers and lack of knowledge can also prevent people from donating to the right place. As such we have put together a list of Japanese Organizations that we know, trust and recommend to channel your donations to.

If you are unable to donate we ask that you Share this Page with your friends, family and coworkers through e-mail, facebook, twitter or any other outlet you can think of. The more people who see this page the greater the donations will be.

If you are blogger, or have your own website. Please see the Blog4Japan page to learn how you can utilize this appeal on your own site and help us reach even more people.

Japanese Organizations We Trust

Please consider donating to one or more of these organizations. All are local Japanese organizations and we have found the English Pages for you. Even a small amount like $10 is useful, but we hope you donate more!

Peace Winds Japan Tsunami Response

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.

JEN Tsunami ResponseJEN 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.

Save the Children Tsunami recovery in JapanSave the Children has been working in Japan for over 25 years. Their American partner is now collecting donations for them in English (which eliminates any credit card exchange charges. They have set up multiple child-friendly spaces  in evacuation centers in Sendai City where displaced families are staying. They are also starting their  long-term recovery plans to restore education and child care in communities ravaged by the disasters. You can get information on activities and Donate Here.

ADRA Japan Tsunami Response

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) is donating food and essential items to the survivors of the tsunami. They also keep a well maintained English blog of their activities in Japan for the tsunami which you can Follow Here. You can Donate Here.

JOICFP Response to the Japanese TsunamiThe Japan Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning is taking donations for their response to the tsunami that will focus on the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in affected areas. You can Donate Here.

AMDA Tsunami Response 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 (evacuation shelters) in Aoba and Miyagino Wards. You can Donate Here.

Oxfam Japan's Tsunami ResponseOXFAM 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 Tsunami ResponseHabitat 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.

Institute for Cultural Affairs Tsunami Response

The Institute for Cultural Affairs Japan (ICA) is still assessing the situation but is accepting donations. You can Donate Here.

All of these are worthy organizations to support and  you can match your own personal interests to the organization that you think will work the best on what you want to support. Even if you are unable to donate please pass this on through social media, word of mouth or even in print. I have waived all rights to this post so please feel free to copy and reproduce any part of it for the good of the Japanese people.

If you do want to reproduce this please see the Blog4Japan page where you can find out more details.

Thank you from my family and friends who have been affected by this terrible disaster.

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46 Responses to “How to Help Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Survivors by giving to Japanese Organizations”

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  3. DarleneNo Gravatar says:

    Hello! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this article to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!
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  5. Dear Todd, We are a psychosocial organization working on mental health and allied services and are based on Pokhara, Nepal. It has been long since Japan earthquake and tsunami. But there are a lot of chances that the victims may be suffering from disorders like PTSD et al. We have a team of expertise to devise and design therapies for such victims. How can we help? Regards- Klub Psychology

  6. jimNo Gravatar says:

    I dont know any of those organizations but I will pick Peace winds to support.
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  7. RoyNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for compiling this list Todd. I shall try to spread the word.
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  8. Sarah WuNo Gravatar says:

    Todd, these are such great resource list you put together. At first the only one I know is only Red Cross but this list is perfect!

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Sarah! I’m glad you have found the list helpful. There are a ton of great organizations working very hard on the ground, it can just be difficult to find them.

  9. SonyaNo Gravatar says:

    Brilliant list of resources! Thanks so much for sharing ways to help Japan.
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  10. Todd – Thanks for showing me a way that I can try to help. I’ll be making personal donations and I’ve reposted your article on my site. I’ll also do further promoting on Facebook etc.
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  11. kesasarNo Gravatar says:

    Dear Todd,
    Thanks a lot for this post.
    Please transmit all our support to Japan

    a reliable organisation ?
    My firm is contributing 1$ for every $ we give to redcross or savethechildren



  12. Hi Todd,

    Wanted to let you know I did the entry for the travel site I blog for on Sunday promoting this. I will be looking to add stuff to my personal blogs as well — will let you know when they go live.
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Erin, I actually got it earlier and you are added to the Sponsors list. Lookign forward to seeing the personal blog stuff as well! Also, I have just put up Blog4Japan badges so please check them out on the main page

  13. Hi Todd–Nora at the Fletcher School sent me to your post because I’m participating in a really fun way to help Japan–a national bake sale on Saturday April 2nd form 10am – 2pm. There are 40 bake sales participating across the country (I’m organizing the one in Cambridge, MA) and all proceeds will go directly to Peace Winds Japan. Thanks!

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dina, welcome and thanks so much for sharing your initiative here! Peace Winds is a very worthy organizations and I wish you all the luck in the world with the bake sale. I will definitely help promote it through my contacts (they all love cookies anyway).

  14. Hi Todd: Tweeted, stumbled, added to Facebook, and now will go make a donation. Sorry it took me so long, but I’ve been off the grid and I assume this will be an ongoing process that will require long-term fundraising. My heart goes out to all those in Japan who lost loved ones and property, as well as to my friends in the U.S. who lost their daughter over there.
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    • ToddNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks for the support Barbara. I’m adding you to the list of supporters now. The badge will be out very very soon.

  15. mattNo Gravatar says:

    Shoebiz in SF, 3810-24th is joining forces with TOMS shoes and Japan Earthquake Relief Fund to raise funds for the victims.
    Sat 03/26, 11AM-6PM, customized your TOMS shoes and Shoebiz will donate 2 prs for each customized TOMS to Japan Relief Funds.
    Come out and help us raise money and shoes for homeless children in Japan.

  16. kevinNo Gravatar says:

    Found this page from link on
    Thank you, Todd, for including ADRA in your list.
    I had a family member work with ADRA for a year in Guyana (and then a second year in India) and am pleased to report it is a top notch organization.

  17. AlyNo Gravatar says:

    This is great Todd! I am working on a fund raiser here in New Orleans and have decided to donate to local NGOs in Japan through NOLA Japan Quake Fund, which was created by members of the Japanese Society. This list will come in handy when selecting the final recipients!! I’ve created a t-shirt fundraiser called “Together for Japan : 日本と共に” and the proceeds will be donated to Japan’s relief efforts. Having spent the first ten years of my life in Japan, I felt the need to do something to help! The tee are being created right now and should be available next week at online and in stores through out New Orleans. For up-to-date info about the project please check out the FB I created for the project : Ganbare Nihon!!!
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    • ToddNo Gravatar says:

      Hey Aly, thanks so much for the support and for your own fundraiser. If there is anyway to cross promote just let me know and I’ll help where I can.

  18. This is great, Todd! I just Tweeted it!
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  19. HerbsterNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks for all you do.
    I put up a link and a quick post at my “barely a blog”. Got a donation over to ADRA.
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  20. Forest ParksNo Gravatar says:

    What an awesome list. I may well make my next donation to Oxfam Japan as I am familiar with the parent group already.
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  21. GraceNo Gravatar says:

    This is an excellent list Todd. Right now I have only been hearing about the Red Cross in the US it’s a great organization but I really want to directly donate to a Japanese organization. I’ll be sure to make a donation and share/re-post this. How are you guys holding up?
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    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Thanks Grace! We are doing well, I guess. I really have the urge to put on the boots and help out. But at the moment is this the best I can do, hopefully it helps even a little bit.

  22. Ehud FurmanNo Gravatar says:

    This is great! I am going to add it to the list of other Japan relief projects popping up online:

  23. SatuNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Todd, I just wrote a blog post about it for Indian Travel Journey.

  24. Thanks for putting this up, Todd :) I hope it’s not too late to share this to every one. I will recommend this to my friends.

    • Todd WasselNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jilianne, thanks not not too late at all! I will be update thing this for as long as there is a need. If you want to get involved please also check out the Blog4Japan page. I am amazed by the response so far.

  25. DavidNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you so much Todd for this.

    I’m translating the page in French right now, and will publish it on my French blog asap.
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