A massive earthquake, the seventh largest recorded in history, struck the east coast of Japan on Friday 11th March. While the devastating Japan earthquake and tsunami have passed, the recovery and mourning have just begun. The disaster could become the most expensive earthquake in history.
Now, more than ever, the Japanese people need our help and support.
British Red Cross is taking donations online. Alternatively, if you wish to send postal donations further information and print out postal forms are available to download.
Save the Children UK is taking online donations and credit and debit card donations over the phone. Call +44 (0)20 7012 6400. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Donation though JustGiving. Shelter Box provide shelter, warmth and dignity to the families made homeless by crisis. The disaster relief charity immediately mobilised, with an initial Shelter Box Response Team heading to the affected region within hours of the catastrophe striking. Donations can be made though just giving via credit/debit card or PayPal.
Global Giving is also accepting donations online via credit/debit card, PayPal and cheque. Global Giving are working with International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations on the ground.
MapAction has been deployed to Japan to help with Tsunami aid efforts. They are accepting donations online to product and print maps of the effected areas. MapAction deploy teams of geographical experts the minute disaster breaks. They draw up new maps on a daily basis, showing aid organisations where people are most in need. The first maps may even be drawn up in the air, en-route to the emergency, so they're ready to print and distribute as soon as the team lands.
Donations can also be made to the Japanese Red Cross through Google's Crisis Response site, which also offers resources and information about the disaster.
- Google Crisis Response Page:
- BBC News Updates from Japan:
- Information from Twitter:
- 7 Simple Ways to Help:
Updated 15/03/11: Added Global Giving
Updated 16/03/11: Added MapAction
If you know of any other charities accepting donations for aid relief in Japan please let us know and we will include them in this list.