BENEFITING: International Medical Corps
ORGANIZER: International Medical Corps
EVENT: Japan Earthquake Relief
I came to Mifune in Kumamoto 2 years after living 20 years in and around Tokyo. I immediately fell in love with the area when I came to visit my wife's home town. Kumamoto is known for its quiet, beautiful landscapes; it has majestic mountains, clear streams, breathtaking waterfalls, and gorgeous beaches as well. The people are also kind, neighborly, industrious, independent, and always willing to lend a hand. I'm proud to live in such a great place that where everyone has bent over backwards to make me and my family feel welcome.
A few nights ago, we had the scare of our lives when coming out of the bathtub, a near-7 magnitude earthquake rocked our home. The next night after everyone had put the houses that were still standing back together, a bigger earthquake hit giving us an even bigger scare. Now that we've gotten things in some semblance of order, it's clear that we were lucky compared to many. So many homes destroyed, people injured, some fatally. Many families are unable to go back home, so they are sleeping in shelters or in their cars. They look tired and worn-out, but what they don't look, is defeated. The roads are either cracked, warped, or rendered unusable; there are huge lines for gasoline and water; some areas have no water, some no power, and some neither - all with no idea when services will be restored. But I've seen no bitterness, no anger, no signs of defeat. Every Mifunean I come across greets me and mine with smiles and asks if we need anything.
These are positive and wonderful people and they could use your help. I've been asked by all my wonderful friends across Japan and across the globe what they can do to help. This is why I designed this fundraising page and also created a design for t-shirts which will be sold and the profits donated to this charity and local relief efforts. The t-shirt is of a kappa holding a protective leaf and riding a bear toward a brighter future. The bear is the symbol of Kumamoto and the kappa is a mischevious water creature from Japanese folklore that is also a symbol of Mifune.
T-shirts can be purchased online here: http://www.cafepress.com/gamadas
Please donate, share, and consider purchasing one of the t-shirts.
Here is the short link to share: http://bit.ly/1Sl7BEi
International Medical Corps wrote -
At 1:25 AM local time on April 16, a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern city of Kumamoto-shi, Japan. The earthquake comes just one day after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the area along with several strong aftershocks. Though casualty figures are not yet available, initial reports indicate additional collapsed structures in Kumamoto following the earthquake. Nine people were killed and more than 800 injured in the previous day's earthquake. Some 44,000 people were also evacuated.
A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit the southwestern city of Kumamoto-shi. The earthquake, which struck at 1:25 AM local time on April 16, comes just one day after a 6.2-magnitude earthquake rocked the area along with several strong aftershocks. Casualty figures are not yet available, but nine were killed, more than 800 injured, and approximately 44,000 evacuated in the 6.2-magnitude quake. Post-earthquake needs are a primary concern and assessments will continue to reveal the impacts of the quakes.
International Medical Corps is deploying members of its emergency response team to Japan to assess the damage and most urgent needs following the earthquake. The experts deployed to Japan will join members from International Medical Corps' office in Tokyo. Together, the team will work in support of the Government of Japan and local organizations to assess the situation as a result of the earthquake and deliver any needed assistance. We thank you for your support to help us immediately respond.
International Medical Corps was on the ground 48 hours after the devastating 9.0-magnitude earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. We worked with local partners following the earthquake and tsunami to deliver critical humanitarian services and build self-reliance. International Medical Corps' approach to help people help themselves is critical to ensure a long-term impact in the communities we serve. We will do all this and more to help the survivors of this most recent earthquake recover.