Some 300,000 people still homeless two years after Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The Japan/America Society of Kentucky donates over $75,000 for relief efforts.
A triple disaster of earth, water and nuclear struck Japan on March 11, 2011 when the biggest earthquake in its history ripped the seafloor sparking a tsunami that killed nearly 19,000 people. The massive earthquake and tsunami, followed by nuclear fallout, are part of a heartbreaking memory that's still fresh in the minds of the Japanese people.
The magnitude 9.0 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami shattered lives. The destruction surprised the world, because few expected a quake or tsunami of that size even in seismic-active Japan. Some 300,000 people are still homeless and living in residential camps, according to the Japanese government.
The Japan/America Society of Kentucky, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, recently donated over $75,000 to the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief and Recovery Fund.
The Japan/America Society of Kentucky received generous support from individuals, communities, businesses, educational institutions, churches and organizations in Kentucky.
On March 14, 2011, The Japan Center for International Exchange USA (JCIE) launched the Japan NGO Earthquake Relief & Recovery Fund to aid Japanese organizations taking part in the immediate relief effort as well as those with a long-term focus on rebuilding communities. To date, it has raised more than $1.6 million. Initially, half of the funds raised were allocated to the Center for Public Resources Development's "GiveOne" initiative for groups providing emergency relief, while half was set aside for the long-term recovery. As the situation on the ground evolved, JCIE has shifted toward directing all new contributions to the recovery stage.
The Japan NGO Earthquake Relief & Recovery Fund is supporting Japanese nonprofit organizations that are helping communities recover from the March 11 disaster. Funding has been provided to around 40 groups who focus on three priority issues: Rebuilding Community Ties, Revitalizing the Economy and Support Senior Citizens.
Established in 1987, the Japan/America Society of Kentucky (JASK) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical membership organization dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the business, cultural and social practices and customs of Japan and Kentucky. Headquartered in the Kentucky State Chamber of Commence in Frankfort, JASK provides services and organizes events throughout Kentucky to facilitate Japan/America connections.
A before and after picture taken one year after the disaster