As time passes and media attention shifts to other events the need to support those affected by the Kumamoto earthquakes continues. Many thousands of people (and animals) still find themselves unable to return home and are reliant on the support of government shelters and volunteer groups. Right now there are a range of organizations and individuals busy assisting in and around Kumamoto. Below is a list of some groups that you might consider donating to including summaries of how they are helping and the donation options available.
Kumamoto Prefectural Government
You can donate directly to the Kumamoto Prefectural Government on their website. Donations can be made by Japanese bank transfer and close on June 30.
Peace Winds Japan
PJW have provided special shelters for women and for those evacuees with animal pets respectively. They have also provided support through their search and rescue (SAR) team. They are posting updates on their website and through the Peace Winds Rescue Facebook Page.[PayPal] http://peace-winds.org/en/news/1108
Second Harvest Japan
Second Harvest Japan have people on the ground and have been providing updates on their activities in the disaster areas on the webpage below. There is a link included at the bottom of the page for donations.
JEN – Japan Emergency NGO
JEN have sent a team to the Kumamoto and are assisting people on the ground. See their Facebook page for updates on their activities.
Peace Boat Japan
Peace Boat volunteers are in the area and have been assisting where needed. They are reporting their activity on their Facebook page.[Credit card only] http://pbv.or.jp/donate/201604_kumamoto/english.html
Global Giving website
Global Giving are collecting funds that will be transferred to organizations short and long term.[Credit card, PayPal, bank transfer] US – https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/kumamoto-japan-earthquake-relief-fund/
UK – http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/kumamoto-japan-earthquake-relief-fund/
Companion Animal Trust Nippon
CATNIP are have send assistance to the area and are helping to feed and rescue stray pets and animals in the area of the quake. You can donate to their fund or purchase items on their Amazon Wish list.[Japanese bank transfer, Credit card] https://rehome.it/en/news-events/news/99/
JETs in action
Former JET Angela Kennewell (Sapporo, 2003-2006) is a member of the Network of Disaster Relief Tec. Volunteers (DRT-Japan) and is conducting self-funded volunteer work as a Disaster Relief Technician. To support her activities and follow her progress see the link below.[PayPal] https://www.youcaring.com/disaster-relief-volunteering-557356
If you have any information about individuals or organizations in need please feel free to share it with AJET. You can contact your local Block Rep or AJET’s Director of Volunteering at . For news and information on Social Media you can join the Foreign Volunteers Japan group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/Foreignvolunteersjapan/) or AJET Volunteering Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/JETvolunteering/)