Japan Tragedy – An Opportunity to Help

The earthquake and tsunamis that hit Japan on March 11, 2011 were devastating, and looking through just a few pictures of the incidences is heartbreaking.  The death toll I don’t want to even think about, and the amount of damage done by this natural disaster is simply painful to look at.  I was terribly concerned with the news but was lucky to find out that my friends are all safe in Japan.  That being said, there were many others who are not safe, and the aftershock of this tragedy is still affecting many.

To put things in perspective, the initial earthquake was only the beginning of the tragedy, reaching 9.0 on the ritcher scale.  The tsunamis, and many earthquakes after that have been as nerve-wracking and devastating.  I can not imagine how people can continue going with their lives when at random moments throughout the day earthquakes keep happening.  Furthermore, the nuclear plants that were destroyed and hydrogen explosions keep many alarmed.

The situation is terrible, but just by knowing more about it we won’t fix it.  It is time for us to take action and try to help those who are in need.  The good news is that many organizations have joined the relief efforts and are currently helping the displaced families as well as the restoration of the affected area.  We know the future will be brighter, but to restore an area that has been described to look just as Hiroshima after the atomic bomb was  released, a lot of effort will have to be put in.  If you would like to join in the effort, the simplest way to do so is through a donation.  There are a fair amount of ways to give, but here are a few links to organizations you can donate through:

American Red Cross
GlobalGiving

There are many other ways to give, but these are simple and straightforward ways to do so.  Please consider making a donation, no matter how small.  A few dollars from each one of us would make a big difference.  In moments of crisis like this, many have no choice but to rely in others’ generosity, and it is our opportunity to help them.

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