March 16, 2011
One Great Hour of Sharing funds provide much needed supplies to Japanese earthquake/tsunami survivors.
Today, a $25,000 One Great Hour of Sharing grant is being rushed to Church World Service to support emergency relief efforts in Japan.
Copied below is the CWS appeal. We anticipate receiving and supporting appeals from the United Church of Christ in Japan and Asian Rural Institute.
SITUATION: Summary of
events: On March 11, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck the north-eastern coast
causing widespread damage to infrastructure and human life. A massive
earthquake-triggered tsunami washed away several coastal cities. The Japanese
government has described the destruction and crisis as the *worst since World
The reported death toll and
missing combined as of March 16 stands at
11,521 people with fear of
thousands more unaccounted for. More
than 460,000 people are now staying in evacuation sites, where the number of
people arriving exceeds the capacity of space, food, water and toilets.
Explosions continue at the
Fukushima-Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. A twenty kilometer radius is now
considered as a "need to evacuate" zone.
Immediate needs: The two
most immediate needs for affected families include rescue for those who are
trapped and the mobilization of relief goods to evacuation sites. Rescue
interventions are primarily being carried out by the Self-Defense Force of
Japan and other specialized agencies, including the Japan Rescue Association.
The Japanese government has requested international assistance in response to
this massive disaster.
The need for relief supplies
is increasing, particularly in areas where the some 460,000 displaced people
are now living. These sites are reporting a lack of food, water, electricity,
health and hygiene kits, as well as blankets and stoves, which are critical
given the current cold and freezing temperatures in the affected regions.
CWS RESPONSE: CWS's response
centers on emergency relief support to at least 5,000 families, about 25,000
individuals, now living at 100 evacuation sites in the northeastern area of Japan -- the prefectures of Miyagi, Fukushima, Iwate, Ibaragi
and Tochigi. Assistance will include immediate required food items and non-food
items through a partnership with the Japan Platform, known by the acronym
JPF. CWS will focus on evacuation sites
where basic needs of food, water, sanitation, electricity and fuel are not
being met. These sites are presently being prioritized and identified by JPF.
The CWS response will
include ready-to-eat food to meet calorie requirements of those living in
evacuation sites. In addition, the response team will distribute sanitation
kits, including napkins and soap to fill significant sanitation and hygiene
"gaps." Water consumption requirements at evacuation sites will be
addressed, and one potential substitute for water could include prepared green
Blankets, accessed from
sources from within the region, are being prioritized to help protect people
from the cold, which is becoming an increasingly dire problem as fuel and gas
supplies are running out. In order to maintain radio contact at evacuation
sites, batteries will be supplied to support victims receiving vital news on
nuclear and radiation related developments, information collection and
communications. Gas and fuel supplies will also be provided to evacuation
Relief efforts will be
carried out by member non-governmental organizations of the JPF and will be
coordinated with other humanitarian agencies as well as local authorities.
Assistance will be delivered based upon Sphere minimum standards in terms of
calorie consumption requirements, water consumption requirements and
appropriate sanitation measures. The CWS Asia Pacific head of emergencies will
be stationed in Tokyo
this week to coordinate the response along with CWS team on the ground. Relief
items will be accessed within the Asia Pacific region.
Additional updates will be
sent out from the field in coming days/weeks.
CWS is also coordinating
with Japanese organizations that have been involved in previous international
ACT Alliance disaster responses, includ ing the National Council of Churches in
Japan, the United Church of
Christ in Japan,
and Asia Volunteer Center (AVC).
BUDGET: Total: $2,590,450.
That includes $900,000 for food; $50,000 for sanitation kits; $675,000 for
water/green tea; $375,000 for blankets; $80,000 for logistics; $20,000 for
batteries; $400,000 for gas/fuel supplies; and $90,450, for CWS and partner
HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Pray for the
people of Japan,
their leaders, and all emergency response workers.
2. To assist people
impacted by this disaster, please make a gift payable to your congregation
marked for “Pacific earthquake/tsunami” with the request they be sent through
your Conference office on to Wider Church Ministries.
Send gifts, made out to
Wider Church Ministries and marked in the memo portion “Pacific
earthquake/tsunami” to Wider Church Ministries; 700 Prospect Avenue,
Cleveland, OH 44115.
Make a secure online
donation to the International Disaster Relief fund. Please note Pacific earthquake/tsunami in the Comments box.
Thank you for your
compassion and support.