These past few days, we’ve watched and we were petrified by Japan’s fifth largest earthquake in history that caused tsunami. I watched it on Youtube just a couple hours after the incident happened, and still in disbelief of the destruction it caused. Japan’s readiness and preparation surely helped the fatality down a bit. The number of victim has reached more than 10,000, and another 10,000 people are still missing. Had it happened in another country, that number could have been more than doubled.
Some of us felt compelled to help the victims of ‘The Wrath of God’ as the Japanese called it. You’ve posted sympathy on twitter and facebook status, and would like to extend your hand in the form of donation. But how? You googled it, and hundreds of links showed ‘Japan Tsunami Relief Fund’. So, how do you decide which organization should you donate your money to? Like it or not, we gotta do some homework if we really care how our donation is going to be used. But to make it easy, here are some pointers on giving donation that I gathered from various credible sites.
- Money donations are best, because they can be sent quickly, and immediately be put to used. If you already have paypal account, or credit card, some reputable aid organizations will accept them. Even Google has a crisis response page that will make it easy for you to donate to support disaster relief efforts thru organizations like Japanese Red Cross, or Save the Children. Google Crisis Response
- If you’re familiar with international wire transfer procedure thru banks, Japanese Red Cross Society also welcome direct transfer to their bank account. Check their official website: japan red cross society donation.
- iTunes Stores in certain countries let you donate to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief fund thru the American Red Cross with just a single click, assuming you already have an Apple ID. Don’t worry if you don’t, you still can donate directly to American Red Cross page.
- If you would like donate in more specific areas, such as orphaned children resulted from the disasters, you could donate to specific organizations. Save the Children is one of the well known charity that focus in that area. To check which charities providing relief for Japan tsunami, check here, charitynavigator, or here: guidestar. Charitynavigator.org also provides rating of those organizations in term of efficiency, or capacity. So you could know roughly how much portion of your donation will be used for administrative/program expenses, and how much will be used for the tsunami relief funds.
- You can donate now, or wait a bit to get assessments on the situation and then send contributions. Towns struck by tsunami and earthquake will take years to be rebuilt. So if you’d like to wait til your next paycheck, and donate bigger amount, you will still be able to do so. Just don’t forget. ;P
- Beware of unsolicited incoming emails that ask for donations. Go directly to credible charities and aid organizations website instead of following a link from an email.
Japanese Manga comics such as Kungfu Boy (Tekken Chinmi in Japan) are really popular in our country.
Japanese autos are dominating the local market.
Ahhh childhood memories.
Like many others, growing up in Indonesia, I’d say I was pretty much influenced by Japanese culture, such as Manga comics or TV series, Japanese confectioneries (Marukawa Fusen bubble gum anyone?), durable Japanese electronic products back when they were still made in Japan, Japanese cars and bikes, and of course Japanese cameras. So hopefully this note, serves as my appreciation to those, will contribute a bit to the victims of Japan earthquake and tsunami. Pray for Japan, the sun will rise again.
(sources: american.redcross.org, charitynavigator.org, dpreview.com, forbes.com, globalpost.com, google, guidestar.org, jrc.or.jp, money.cnn.com, tempointeractive.com)