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More help needed for Japan’s tsunami victims

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Twenty days have passed since the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Tōhoku, Japan. And each passing day, the death toll still rises. But for the hundreds of thousands of survivors who are left homeless and economically crippled, their current situation makes those who died from this deadly double-calamity appear to be more fortunate.

The humanitarian response that Japan has been receiving from all parts of the world has been awesome and heartwarming. Sadly, it is not enough. Millions of dollars are still needed to help rehabilitate the areas and people affected by the tsunami (since Japan is always earthquake-ready, the earthquake seemed to have had little adverse effect; it was the tsunami which did Japan in). It is estimated that the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated parts of our Asian neighbor could reach more than $300 billion, making it the world’s most expensive natural disaster on record.

Twenty days may have passed, but that doesn’t mean that everything’s OK already in Japan. Thousands are still homeless; many of them are still in evacuation centers with little food, clothing, medicine, and other personal effects. Our Japanese brothers still need our help. We, the lucky ones here in the Philippines who are inside air-conditioned houses with comfortable amenities and internet connection, should all do our share. Believe me, even a twenty-peso donation is already a lot of help.

Please click on the names of the below organizations to know more information on how to send donations to our unfortunate Japanese brothers.

All Hands Volunteers

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines

Catholic Relief Services

Convoy of Hope

Philippine Red Cross

7 Eleven

This crisis ain’t over till it’s over. Let us all unite to help Japan’s sun rise again. After all, we all live in the same house called planet Earth.

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