How To: Help Japanese Victims of Earthquake

How to Help Japanese Tsunami Victims

I am thankful that family, friends and colleagues are accounted for and ok but also overwhelmed by the footage. My heart goes out to victims and I wanted to post on ways to help. Donations are always good and I have listed (reputable) charities that are set up to take $10 from a text. I also listed Charity Navigator’s advice (below) to help you select reputable charities should you want to donate. The charities listed on and USA Today area also posted below.

p.s. I found this helpful post from Steph in the City who cautions about giving to local charities who truly help the victims long after the media coverage has diminished. Her post is based on her personal experience in rebuilding Nashville after the flood.

p.p.s. And here are more ways to  help victims in Japan by way of books that I found in a favorite blog that I read called Paper Tigers.

p.p.p.s. How to donate to Japanese Red Cross: Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


First up, to help you make the most of your charitable donation, charity watchdog Charity Navigator has published donating tips and a list of charities responding. It will continue to update that list as the group learns of more charities assisting with the relief efforts.

Text to Donate $10

Save the Children is moving quickly to address the situation there. Donations to its Children’s Emergency Fund will support this effort. To text your donation to Save the Children, text “JAPAN” or “TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10.

World Vision has also announced global mobilization in response to tsunami warnings. To help, consider making a donation to their World Vision’s Disaster Response Fund. To text your donation to World Vision, text “4JAPAN” or “4TSUNAMI” to 20222 to donate $10.

World Relief Corp. of National Association of Evangelicals, text WAVE to 50555 to donate $10

GlobalGiving, text JAPAN to 50555 to donate $10

Those interested can text “JAPAN” or “QUAKE” to 80888 to make a $10 donation to the Salvation Army‘s relief efforts.

The Red Cross is asking for $10 donations to its relief efforts in Japanonline or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate from your phone.

Convoy of Hope‘s Disaster Response team established in connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. The best way to help is to donate online or text TSUNAMI to 50555 to donate $10 to Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Response efforts.


The Red Cross: The Japanese Red Cross has already deployed 11 national disaster response teams to respond to the crisis but you can support their efforts by donating money. Similar to their efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, Red Cross is accepting donations either online or via text message. Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone (you’ll be prompted to confirm with a second text reading YES).

Shelterbox: The UK-based organization has 18 international affiliates and it has launched an online fundraiser for the earthquake and tsunami relief efforts. Shelterbox provides assistance to afflicted countries by delivering large utility boxes that contain a shelter and other emergency relief tools. To donate online, simply go to your country’s site and click DONATE.

International Medical Corps: To donate to this global non-profit’s Emergency Response Efforts fund, simply go to their site and select the amount you wish to donate (be sure to note if you want your donation to be a “recurring gift” for future relief efforts) and fill in your information. Working with other organizations such as the International Medical Corps, D.C.-based organization GlobalGiving has launched the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund, which will give aid to on the ground organizations providing emergency services. They are accepting donations online with a funding goal of $90, 000.

Convoy of Hope: This non-profit focuses on disaster relief efforts and you can donate either online at their site or via text message by texting TSUNAMI to 50555 (you’ll also be prompted to confirm with a follow up text of YES).

UPDATE: We’ve been hearing of more organizations that are leading the way in helping victims of the earthquake and tsunami so we’ll be updating this list as they come in. If you know of more organizations that are doing great work and need help with donations, aid or volunteers please let us know.

Salvation Army: The Japan branch of the Salvation Army has been working in Tokyo to offer shelter to stranded commuters and they are  reportedly organizing a team to send to Sendai Friday night. They also have their Hawaii branch standing by, ready to help. You can help their relief efforts by texting JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF): This medical nonprofit has expanded its team in Japan in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami. They currently have teams working in mobile clinics in areas that are inaccessible by road due to damage. You can donate to their Japan Relief fund online here.

Google’s Person Finder: The search giant has launched a Japanese version of their person finder tool, so that victims and families can locate and connect with one another in the aftermath. So find a person or offer information about a person, see their site.

From USA Today

ECFA (Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability) has created a link on its homepage for givers to connect with member organizations already assisting or poised to assist in massive relief efforts there. Through its “ServantMatch,” donors can identify accredited organizations working to bring aid to the disaster area.

Mercy Corps is now accepting donations for survivors of Japan’s earthquake through its longstanding partner, Peace Winds Japan. Donations will be used to meet immediate and longer-term needs of the survivors.


Finally, my sister sent me this Letter from Sendai:

A letter from Sendai

Things here in Sendai have been rather surreal. But I am very blessed to have wonderful friends who are helping me a lot. Since my shack is even more worthy of that name, I am now staying at a friend’s home. We share supplies like water, food and a kerosene heater. We sleep lined up in one room, eat by candlelight, share stories. It is warm, friendly, and beautiful.
During the day we help each other clean up the mess in our homes. People sit in their cars, looking at news on their navigation screens, or line up to get drinking water when a source is open. If someone has water running in their home, they put out a sign so people can come to fill up their jugs and buckets.
It’s utterly amazingly that where I am there has been no looting, no pushing in lines. People leave their front door open, as it is safer when an earthquake strikes. People keep saying, “Oh, this is how it used to be in the old days when everyone helped one another.”
Quakes keep coming. Last night they struck about every 15 minutes. Sirens are constant and helicopters pass overhead often.
We got water for a few hours in our homes last night, and now it is for half a day. Electricity came on this afternoon. Gas has not yet come on. But all of this is by area. Some people have these things, others do not. No one has washed for several days. We feel grubby, but there are so much more important concerns than that for us now. I love this peeling away of non-essentials. Living fully on the level of instinct, of intuition, of caring, of what is needed for survival, not just of me, but of the entire group.
There are strange parallel universes happening. Houses a mess in some places, yet then a house with futons or laundry out drying in the sun. People lining up for water and food, and yet a few people out walking their dogs. All happening at the same time.
Other unexpected touches of beauty are first, the silence at night. No cars. No one out on the streets. And the heavens at night are scattered with stars. I usually can see about two, but now the whole sky is filled. The mountains are Sendai are solid and with the crisp air we can see them silhouetted against the sky magnificently.
And the Japanese themselves are so wonderful. I come back to my shack to check on it each day, now to send this e-mail since the electricity is on, and I find food and water left in my entranceway. I have no idea from whom, but it is there. Old men in green hats go from door to door checking to see if everyone is OK. People talk to complete strangers asking if they need help. I see no signs of fear. Resignation, yes, but fear or panic, no.
They tell us we can expect aftershocks, and even other major quakes, for another month or more. And we are getting constant tremors, rolls, shaking, rumbling. I am blessed in that I live in a part of Sendai that is a bit elevated, a bit more solid than other parts. So, so far this area is better off than others. Last night my friend’s husband came in from the country, bringing food and water. Blessed again.
Somehow at this time I realize from direct experience that there is indeed an enormous Cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world right at this moment. And somehow as I experience the events happening now in Japan, I can feel my heart opening very wide. My brother asked me if I felt so small because of all that is happening. I don’t. Rather, I feel as part of something happening that much larger than myself. This wave of birthing (worldwide) is hard, and yet magnificent.
Thank you again for your care and Love of me,
With Love in return, to you all,
Wondering how you can help? Aid relief efforts by clicking here to donate to the Japanese Red Cross, or text redcross to 90999 to make a $10 donation.


By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

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