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  1. Dave from The Longest Way Home
    March 14, 2011

    Well done Leslie, you are one of the few travelers I’ve known to post about it like this. I’m only just getting online to view the video footage of what’s happened.

    I see people tweeting about top 10 lists,while all this is happening. It’s truly saddening.

    Well done for this post

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    • Leslie Koch
      March 14, 2011

      Thanks Dave. It’s amazing how devastating this earthquake has been; I hope they get the nuclear situation under control soon. It’s hard to watch the video footage of the tsunami rolling across entire towns. My heart goes out to the victims…

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  2. santafetraveler
    March 14, 2011

    I called Doctors Without Borders and they were unable to assure me that donations would go to Japan. International Medical Corp had a special fund. Maybe that’s changed since I donated. If you want to make sure funds are heading to Japan, ask the agency, they should be able to tell you.

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    • Leslie Koch
      March 14, 2011

      That’s a good point. On the American Red Cross site, you can specify you want the donation to go to Japan, but they note that if the donations exceed the need, they will shift the funds to a different cause.

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  3. Maria A
    March 14, 2011

    I still keep in touch with A3 (Time Inc’s Asian American Association) and they sent out these other reputable charities that will help with the Japan disaster (they also listed the Red Cross but that is already listed in the article above).

    AmeriCares’ Response to Japan Tsunami: AmeriCares emergency team is on full alert mobilizing resources in response to the massive earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan . AmeriCares has dispatched a disaster relief expert to the region to assess the health care needs and is prepared to send medicines, medical supplies and humanitarian aid as necessary. americares.org

    International Rescue Committee’s Response to Japan Tsunami: The International Rescue Committee is dispatching IRC relief experts from its Thailand program to Japan to see how it can assist Japanese authorities in responding to the earthquake / tsunami disaster. The IRC has extensive experience responding to natural disasters and has been a lead organization in relief and reconstruction efforts following the Asian tsunami, the Pakistan earthquake and floods, the Myanmar cyclone, Haiti ’s earthquake and Hurricane Katrina. http://www.rescue.org

    Save the Children’s Response to Japan Tsunami: Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan . savethechildren.org

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    • Leslie Koch
      March 14, 2011

      Thank you Maria for providing information on these relief organizations. This is so helpful!

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  4. Ted Nelson
    March 14, 2011

    I visited Japan in 2005 also. I am going to do a post tonight on Japan and link to this site on how to help. Thanks for the resource. I just texted REDCROSS thanks to the 411 on this website.

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    • Leslie Koch
      March 14, 2011

      That’s great Ted. Every donation counts!

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  5. ciki/@agentcikay
    March 15, 2011

    Thanks for posting this Les.. my Head Office in Japan was spared but the communication system is in chaos.. sigh.. pray for the people. e

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