Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Donating & Volunteering: Japan disaster relief effort

Many thanks to Tokyo-based NGO consultant Sarajean Rossitto for the following information. More updates available at her blog, Sarajean's Notes.
Donating from overseas:

Organizations that need monetary support for their relief efforts:

* Please indicate your donation is for the Tohoku/Japan Tsunami/Earthquake

Why I suggest these two groups at the top, and why in this order:

1. Directly to JEN: you can give directly to groups that need the funds now (general disaster funds may not send the money out for weeks or months)
2. MERCY CORPs and Peace Winds have collaborated in the past in New Orleans and such partnerships are important to continue to support.
3. Both groups have experience in disaster and emergency relief both inside (Niigata EQ) and outside Japan (many locations)
4. TRUST: I have known people at these organizations for years. These are friends who have been working in the field for years.

JEN (Japan Emergency NGOs):

JEN's English online donation page is now up for our overseas friends to support a local NGO assisting the people in Tohoku. You can donate with your credit card from their English Homepage.

Peace Winds Japan:

- Mercy Corps is the US partner for Peace Winds Japan, they worked together after hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. You can use your credit card to donate in US dollars:

For people who want to contribute to groups outside the country, here are overseas groups looking to help in Japan:

Save the Children:

International Medical Corps:
Text MED or 80888 to donate $10

The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief:

People can make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. Their donation will go to support relief efforts for the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. (Not just Japan.)

American Red Cross:

Item donations for the general fund:

Canadian Red Cross: (in CA dollars)

Donate miles to the Canadian Red Cross:

Volunteers bank being organized in Sendai

The Japan Emergency Team is asking for information from people who want to help. Please send your information to

* Please include your contact information, when and how you might be able to help. Please also confirm your level of Japanese language skills.

The Japan Emergency Team:
3-3-7 Kokubun-cho Aoba-ku
Sendai, Miyagi-ken 980-8671
*Telephone connection is not regular at this time.

The Japan Emergency Team is asking for the following items:
gasoline cans
bottled water
electric water pots
powdered milk
instant and canned food
sleeping bags
Send all items to: The Japan Emergency Team,
3-3-7 Kokubun-cho Aoba-ku
Sendai, Miyagi-ken 980-8671

For information you can call 0570-000-911 or 090- 7170-4769
* Telephone connections are not regular at this time.

Donating from within Japan:

* Please indicate your donation is for the Tohoku Earthquake

1. AMDA - formerly Association of Medical Doctors of Asia
特定非営利活動法人 AMDA (元アジア医師連絡協議会) URL:
Online postal transfer in Japanese
To support AMDA's activities, you can transfer your donation to the following bank account from outside Japan:
Bank Account name:
Name of Bank:
Name of Branch:
Account No.:
Ifuku-cyou 3-31-1 Kita-ku Okayama-city, Japan
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd
Okayama Ekimae Branch
0040514 (for transfer in US Dollars only)

In order to keep track of donations, please email them with your full name, your address and the amount of your donation:
Domestic Transfers:
Postal account transfer
Account # 01250-2-40709
Account name: tokuteihieirikatsudouhoujin amuda
口座番号 01250-2-40709
口座名 特定非営利活動法人アムダ
銀行名 ゆうちょ銀行
金融機関コード 9900
店番 129 店名(カナ) 一二九店(イチニキュウ店)
預金種目 当座 口座番号 0040709
カナ氏名(受取人名) トクテイヒエイリカツト゛ウホウシ゛ンアムタ゛

2. Good Neighbors Japan グッドネーバーズジャパン
Online donations in Japanese
Bank transfer information
Bank name Mitsubishi UFJ
Branch: Hongo
Regular account
Account number 1155337
Account name: tokuhi) guddo nebazujaypan
Please be sure to write “tohoku” after you name
三菱東京UFJ銀行 本郷支店
口座番号: 普通 1155337
口座名義: トクヒ)グッドネーバーズジャパン
振込依頼人名に続けて「トウホク」とご入力ください。例)ヤマダ ハナコ トウホク

3. JEN ジェン
Online credit card donation in Japanese
Online credit card donation in English
About JEN in English
Postal account transfer
Account # 00170−2−538657
Account name: JEN
郵便振替口座 00170−2−538657
加入者名(口座名) JEN

4. Peace Winds Japanピース ウィンズ・ジャパン
Online credit card donation in Japanese
Bank transfer information
Bank name: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank Branch: Aoyama  
Account type regular
Account number 1671932
Account name: Peace Winds Japan
三井住友銀行青山支店, 普通 
口座名義: 特定非営利活動法人 ピース ウィンズ・ジャパン広報口

4. Peace Boat ピースボートUPA国際協力プロジェクト 
For donations from within Japan:
Post office transfer account (yubin furikae koza) 00180-6-705651
Account name: Peace Boat UPA
(In the notes column, please write "disaster relief")
JP Bank (Yucho Ginko) 019 branch, account number 0705651 Peace Boat UPA
(before writing the name of the donor, please write "disaster")
郵便振替口座 00180-6-705651
口座名 ピースボートUPA (
※通信欄に「災害支援」とお書 きください)
ゆうちょ銀行 ゼロイチキュウ店(019店) 当座0705651
(※振込依頼人名の 前に「サイガイ」とご入力ください)
Peace Boat is also gathering donations at train stations around the country every day. Please contact Peace Boat directly if you are interested in joining such collections.

5. Save the Children Japanセーブ・ザ・チルドレン子ども基金 URL:
Online giving in Japanese
Postal account transfer
Account # 00900−1−120760
Account name: sebu za chirudorin kodomo kikin
郵便振替口座 00900−1−120760
加入者名(口座名) セーブ・ザ・チルドレン子ども基金

6. Nippon Volunteer Network Active in Disaster, Inc.
1-5-1 Wakihamakaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe, Hyogo 651-0073, JAPAN
Bank transfer information
Bank name: Mitsui Sumitomo Bank, Branch: Nichinomiya  
Account type regular
Account number 7833392
Account name: tokutei)nihon saigaikyuen boranteia nettowaku
三井住友銀行 西宮支店(普)7833392
口座名義 特定非営利活動法人日本災害救援ボランティアネットワーク

7. Association for Aid and Relief, Japan難民を助ける会 URL:
Online donation in Japanese
Account number: 00110-6-96509
Account name: Nanmin wo tasukeru-kai
加入者名 特定非営利活動法人 難民を助ける会

8. MDM Medecins du Monde Japan / Doctors of the World
特定非営利活動法人メドゥサン・デュ・モンド ジャポン URL:
Online donation in Japanese
Postal account transfer
Account # 00110−8−172839
Account name: medousan dyu mondo jyapan
郵便振替口座 00110−8−172839 
郵便振替口座名:特定非営利活動法人メドゥサン・デュ・モンド ジャポン

9. MSF Japan: Medecins sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders Japan
特定非営利活動法人国境なき医師団日本  URL:
Online donation in Japanese
Postal account transfer
Account # 00190-6-566468
Account name: kokyo-naki-ishidan-nihon
郵便振替口座 00190-6-566468
加入者名(口座名) 特定非営利活動法人国境なき医師団日本


d said...

Thank you for this information. It has been invaluable for me as I am organizing the best way to send relief from our community. -Dayna Snow

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TenThousandThings said...

Wonderful Dayna...thank you so much.