……………………………..another morning like the past Friday!
I am normally out of my house at 5.45am every week day except when I take a later bus to catch up with my girl-friends AA and JT on my way to work. So most mornings I don’t turn on the TV as they are full of informercials only as the normal newscast begins at 6am. But this Friday, I had the time and I clicked it on while sipping my coffee. Almost all the channels was full of the Japan-Tsunami news and pictures. I could neither swallow my coffee nor throw it up. I was dumb-stricken. The live pictures seemed like something out of Steven Speilberg’s movie set: man oh man, what a devastation and what a tragedy of epic proportion!!
The extent of damages/loss, the resilience and determination of the Japanese will all unfold in days to come. But for now, please, please take time to donate something, anything to any or all of the following organisations
-> The Red Cross has already launched efforts in Japan. Visit Redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone.
-> Save the Children has also responded. The organization is currently organizing efforts and donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will support outreach.
-> International Medical Corps is responding to the health needs of the disaster’s victims.
To donate or learn about other ways you can contribute to its medical response, visit Internationalmedicalcorps.org. Also, text MED to 80888 from any mobile phone to give $10.
-> The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund was launched at GlobalGiving.org to garner funds that will be given to a variety of relief organizations helping victims of the earthquake.
-> Salvation Army personnel are organizing efforts in Tokyo and will soon send a team to help the severely damaged city of Sendai, Japan. To contribute to earthquake relief, text ‘JAPAN’ or ‘QUAKE’ to 80888 to make a $10 donation or visit SalvationArmyUSA.org.
-> Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending two three-person teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. To learn more about the organization’s efforts or make a donation, visit Doctorswithoutborders.org.
-> MercyCorps is gathering donations for its overseas partner, Peace Winds Japan, which currently has personnel on the ground distributing emergency relief in Japan.
-> Operation USA has also announced efforts to collect bulk corporate donations of health care supplies. If you are interested in donating bulk medical items, visit OpUSA.org.
-> World Vision has announced global mobilization in response to tsunami warnings.
Please donate and pass this post to all your friends, please, please do it!!
………………………………..part 2 follows