If you like me, are dumbfounded and feeling a sense of helplessness from viewing the devastating imagery of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, you’re definitely not alone. At times like these, it reinstates how mankind forms only a small component in the overall biodiversity in this world, and how minute we are in the rampage against the force of mother nature. It is also at times like these, when we learn in reflection, that there’s more to life than just the trivial pursuits of capitalism, and that the real joys and motivations in life can simply be swept away in an instant.
We have contacted our KENREISHI team in Tokyo, Japan and are glad they are safe and well, if only shaken and distraught by the horrific images of destruction and suffering of the people in the aftermath like most of us. So…we’re not alone.
The question on everyones’ minds right now is: ” How can we help?”
In all honesty, relief is going to take some time, with major coordination and planning prior to reach as many people as possible. Furthermore, an impending nuclear meltdown and possible aftershocks predicted does not help matters. However, there’s a dime and dozen channels to send relief set up over these few days, here’s one I have faith and trust in…From the Red Cross:
You can do your part to help.
Japan Disaster 2011
An earthquake with a magnitude of 8.8 had hit Japan at 14:46 on 11March 2011. This was followed by a Tsunami of about 10 meters which entirely wiped out towns off the map. The death toll stands at 413 confirmed dead, 784 missing and 1128 injured. Figures are predicted to increase.
What has been done so far?
Since the disaster, the Japanese Red Cross (JRCS) and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been working more than 24 hours to assist in the aftermath of the disaster.
The full picture of the scale of devastation is still emerging and assessment on the situation is still ongoing. At present, the JRCS has 86 medical teams, comprising of 400 doctors, nurses and support staff and have been providing assistance in affected areas through mobile medical clinics, as well as assessing the damage and needs of the communities affected. Over 100 volunteers have also been deployed and helping at various displaced camps and hospitals. 62 national disaster response teams are also on the ground to carry out assessments and provide first aid and healthcare in the affected areas. Emergency relief planning is underway.
The Singapore Red Cross has been in touch with the JRCS and IFRC and is monitoring the situation closely and identifying the assistance required.
The Singapore Red Cross has opened our hotlines to help Singaporeans and Japanese trace immediate family members affected by the disaster. The hotline number is 6334 9152 / 6334 9153 / 6334 9154. The hotline number to call at the SRC is 6334-9152 / 6334-9153 / 6334-9154.
The SRC will take down details of the missing family member and will be forwarded to our sister national society, the Japanese Red Cross Society and the International Committee of Red Cross to assist with the tracing of the member.
How you can help?
The Singapore Red Cross is also accepting monetary donations towards this disaster. Donors may do so with the following:
Cash Donation :
For walk-in donations, the SRC is open during the hours:
Mondays to Fridays 9.30am-9pm,
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays 9.30am – 6pm.
Cheques to be made payable to the “Singapore Red Cross Society” At the back of the cheque, please indicate:
ii) IC/Passport No.
iii) Address and Contact Number
iv) “Japan Disaster 2011”
Donors may donate via their mobile phones to 75772. For every sms, S$50 will be donated to the “Japan Disaster” fund.
*Please take note that all donations to this disaster are non tax-deductable.