Standing by Japan
Our hearts and thoughts go out to Japan as it faces extraordinary challenges. While Japan is doing an amazing job in responding to the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami, deploying 100,000 troops, it needs the world’s support – and we have an important chance to stand alongside the Japanese people.
Acumen Fund has a strong community in Japan, from our Japan chapter to the Tokyo Foundation and Eiji Press. They have supported us in countless ways through the years, always with warmth, passion, and grace. We send all of our friends as well as the families of everyone affected our deepest thoughts and prayers.
If you’d like to assist with relief efforts in the country, we recommend the following groups doing good work on the ground:
- Architecture for Humanity has been working in post disaster reconstruction since 1999, designing and building homes, schools, clinics and community facilities. Yesterday at South by Southwest, founder Cameron Sinclair pledged to donate 10% of his salary if the donation link bit.ly/sxsw4JP is re-tweeted 100,000 times. You can make a personal, tax-deductible contribution there as well.
- The Japan Society has set up an earthquake relief fund for nonprofits working directly with victims in Japan: http://www.japansociety.org/news
- You can donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross and help locate missing persons on Google’s crisis response page: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake2011.html
- Give to the American Red Cross by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 via your phone bill if you’re in the US. Or give in other amounts at www.redcross.org.
- Our friends at the Tokyo Foundation have also recommended donating to the Nippon Foundation/CANPAN Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
Our editor for The Blue Sweater in Japan wrote to us earlier today, saying, “Please pray for suffered people, but don’t worry about our resilience. I believe in it.”
We believe, too. And we all must act together.