The earthquake and mostly the tsunami killed over 10,000 people and left 10x that homeless and totally without personal belongings. Japan is a rich country with a strong social safety net, but it is unprepared for devastation of this magnitude.
But we can help these people in desperate by donating time, energy and money. We can make a difference, This diary is about donating money.
Below the fold are some charities you can bet will deliver your hard-earned cash to those who need it.
Donors can contribute to the relief efforts by calling 800-733-27677 or visiting http://www.redcross.org. Each text message is a $10 donation to the Red Cross, which will be added to the donors’ next cellphone bill. Very convenient.
Medical Teams International
Medical Teams International is also on alert and staying closely in touch with its nine partners along the coast and in Japan. To donate to Medical Teams International, visit http://www.medicalteams.org.
World Vision Canada
Among the first organisations to begin relief work by distributing emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. To donate, visit http://www.worldvision.ca/...
Mercy Corp has not sent its own team to Japan but it set up a donation fund for its partner, Peace Winds Japan, and its emergency assistance on the ground. To make a donation, call 888-747-7440 or visit http://www.mercycorps.org/....
Medecins Sans Frontiers:
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian aid organisation that provides emergency medical assistance to populations in danger in more than 60 countries. MSF workers are already on ground in Japan, assessing the situation. For more visit http://www.msf.org/...Updated by Plubius at Tue Mar 15, 2011, 12:21:29 AM
If you have a relief organization not included here, kindly post in the comments. Thanks!Updated by Plubius at Tue Mar 15, 2011, 12:28:57 PM
Here are two more
And the Salvation Army