Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami: University Resources
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University Resources and Relief Efforts
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 215-898-7021
- University Chaplain's Office: 215-898-8456
- Vice Provost for University Life: 215-898-6081 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of International Programs
- Center for High Impact Philanthropy: Donor Considerations for Disaster Relief
International Relief Organizations
For individuals interested in helping those affected by the earthquake, there are a number of organizations in the process of or planning to provide relief:
Doctors Without Borders Japan
Two Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams arrived by helicopter in Japan’s Miyagi prefecture on March 12 and then traveled on to the city of Sendai, one of the areas hardest hit by the earthquake and the resulting tsunami. Donations can be made at doctorswithoutborders.org or by phone 1-888-392-0392.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working with the Japanese Red Cross to assess their needs. To contribute, go to redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. A $10 donation can be made by texting REDCROSS to 90999.
The Japan Society has created a disaster relief fund to aid victims. To donate go to japansociety.org.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has been providing food and shelter to Tokyo commuters who were stranded when public transportation was interrupted by the earthquake. They plan to send a team to Sendai, a city about 250 miles Tokyo, to assess the situation there. Text JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation. (Make sure to respond “YES” to the Thank You message you receive.) Go to salvationarmyusa.org or call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Save the Children
Save The Children is mobilizing resources to meet the need of children and their families who have been affected by the disaster. To make a donation, visit savethechildren.org, call 1-800-728-3843, or text “JAPAN” to 20222 to donate $10.
Shelterbox.org is a disaster-relief organization that focuses on providing survival materials such as tents and cooking equipment to families displaced by disasters. Please visit their website to make an online donation.