Japan Earthquake Relief
Send Aid to Japan
On March 11, 2011, a massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake hit northeast Japan, causing thousands of deaths, more than 80 fires, and a 33-foot tsunami along parts of the country's coastline. Homes were swept away and damage is extensive.
This devastating event has unleashed a global outpouring of help. However, the need continues to outweigh the resources. As of March 16, 2011, the official death toll has hit 4,340, with another 9,083 people missing, and a death toll set to hit 25,000. And for Japanese living with diabetes and other chronic health conditions, the situation is even worse, with hospitals in ruin and medical care virtually non-existent.
You can help.
To contribute, visit one of these sites:
AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs – and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs – for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
Direct Relief International provides medical assistance to improve the quality of life for people affected by poverty, disaster, and civil unrest at home and throughout the world.
- Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders/Mdecins Sans Frontires (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971.
- dLife Foundation
The dLife Foundation supports individuals who are in need of diabetes supplies, education, and motivational programs through organizations, foundations and camps. The dLife Foundation also funds diabetes organizations who share our goals of helping those in need. Now through June 30, 2011, 100 percent of all donations to the dLife Foundation will go directly to Insulin for Life aid for Japan.
- Insulin for Life
Insulin For Life (IFL) is a tax-exempt, not-for-profit company registered in the state of Victoria, Australia that was established in 1999. It evolved from the 20-year program at the International Diabetes Institute, Australia. The organization collects and donates insulin, syringes, test strips and other supplies to people in urgent need, including victims of natural disasters such as Japan's tsunami.
- Red Cross
Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering.
UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child's path. The organization has offered their support to protect the children affected by this catastrophe and provide critical services in the days ahead.
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