How You Can Help Japan

Posted by Laura Rodriguez
March 17, 2011
Woman Carrying Child Walks Among Devastated Area in Northern Japan

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If you've been following the aftermath of last week's massive earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan you're probably wondering how you can help. Millions are affected, recovery will be protracted and difficult.

Besides the initial, tragic effects of the disaster, millions of people in Japan still have no running water or power. Lines spanning city blocks and lasting hours are forming, as thousands look to acquire basic essentials. All supplies are being rationed.

As overwhelming images of the devastation rushes in Japan, many compassionate Americans feel the urge to help. The best way, however, to contribute to the massive relief effort is not always clear. The Center for International Disaster Information provides some very useful information on how you can help, and offers this guidance:

"When disasters happen abroad, the best and most effective way for Americans to help is to give cash. Donating cash instead of goods ensures that victims can get the quickest possible access to basic items on the ground provided by our experienced humanitarian partners.

"By learning how to give responsibly, and by making sure that others understand the importance of cash donations as well, you can have a real and lasting impact on the lives of international disaster victims."

For more information on how to help provide individual assistance to those affected by the disaster in Japan, please click here.

For the latest on the United States Agency for International Development's Response to the crisis in Japan, please click here.

Editor's Note: This entry also appears on the USAID Impact Blog.



Jet E.
United States
March 17, 2011

J.S.E. in the U.S.A. writes:

The victims of tsunami and earthquake in Japan really needs our help. we have to support them in terms of any kind of donation.

Ehsan T.
District Of Columbia, USA
March 17, 2011

Ehsan T. in Washington, DC writes:

Very well written article! All of us should feel obligated to help in anyway we can. We should only hope that the crisis does not worsen.

New Mexico, USA
March 17, 2011

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I think it would be a good thing for the US to offer anyone in Japan rendered homeless a visa and green card if they have family in America they can stay with if they wish to.

I know this would mean bending the rules a bit, but this is an exceptional situation.

Michigan, USA
March 18, 2011

Debbie in Michigan writes:

We have room in our home for 4 people & would help them however we can, whether that be on a temporary or even permanent basis. Please if anyone knows who/how to let them know, please forward this message to them. We can only imagine there are families or people who lost their entire families who are looking for someplace to go.

Please have someone contact us if we can be of any assistance.

March 18, 2011

K.G. in India writes:

This is a good link.

This person uploaded most of donation links: ""

March 19, 2011

Ukisu in Japan writes:

Thank you, your help.

March 27, 2011

Akio in Japan writes:

Hello. Help me. I am the victim in Japan. Much as we can. Thank you.


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