This morning, we all were sadden to hear of the 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan and caused a tsunami to impact the entire Pacific area. While it is too early to ponder about the damage, we know that lives have been lost, homes have been destroyed, and people are in need. If you so desire, here are some organizations that have established relief efforts in response to the Japan earthquake.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) – This is the United Methodist Church’s disaster response organization, and is one of the best church-based response groups in the world. Donations can be accepted through the International Disaster Relief fund.
Red Cross: The American Red Cross, according to its website, have opened up emergency operation centers. Donations to relief efforts can be made here. It may also be appropriate to look into the International Federation of Red Cross, as well. You can also try the Japanese Red Cross Society here. (However, I am not finding a solid place to donate just yet to the Japanese Red Cross, which is understandable.)
AmeriCares: You can donate to relief efforts that are ongoing by AmeriCares by clicking here.
World Relief: You can donate to relief efforts here.
World Vision: According to the organization’s website, the group is preparing to respond to the disaster. You can make a donation by clicking here.
Samaritan’s Purse: The North Carolina-based organization is still considering what relief efforts it will undertake, but you can donate here.
Operation Blessing International: The organization says it has teams standing by to respond. There is a Disaster Relief fund that you can contribute to here.
Giving Children Hope: This California-based organization is in the process of sending emergency relief to Japan. You can donate here.
For a more general list of disaster relief organizations, you can click here.