Posts Tagged ‘Japan tsunami’

Okaeri Project–Preserving and Renewing Memories in Japan

I am over the moon about this project, the Okaeri Project, dedicated to those who suffered in the earthquake and tsunami in Eastern Japan. Bookbinders around the world are laboring with love as they make handmade, bound, and stitched photo albums for the people of the area devastated by the flooding. It was initiated by the Tokyo Bookbinders Club and there are artists and printers volunteering from nations across the globe. Simultaneously, photo printers, film companies, and lots of volunteers are coming together for the painstaking task of cleaning and restoring photos that were discovered among the muddy wreckage. Eventually, newly printed or restored family memories and new beautifully crafted albums worthy of the honor will be united and given to the families. Cherished episodes of happier times will once again be in the hands of kin. The albums are beautiful, the sentiment even more so. Most of the month of March, the albums will be on display at Ofunato Civic Cultural Hall in Japan, and then families will be given the newly minted memory books with a big dose of support from around the world.

Your Giving and Crisis Response in Japan

Photo: AlertNet.org

Our instinct to reach out and help in times of crisis, like in the aftermath of today’s 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan, is laudable, but can result in misdirected and wasted money. Charity Navigator, the non-partisan survey of charitable organizations that rates them on effectiveness and transparency, has a list of ways to target your donations.

Some of the tips include:

*Avoid Newly-Formed Charities and give to an established organization that has worked in Japan.

*Designate Your Investment–specifically for earthquake relief in Japan.

*Do Not Send Supplies–systems will not yet be in place to appropriately receive and distribute them.

*Beware E-mail Solicitations.

*Think Before you Text–texting seems easy, but funds don’t always go where you wish they would…do your homework.

Some of the highest rated charities who are ready to respond and already moving into action in Japan are:

AMERICARES

SAVE THE CHILDREN

SHELTER BOX

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE