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Friday, March 18, 2011

My Heart Bleeds for Japan

Living in Korea, we are practically neighbors, I've been there twice, and it's the country that spawned Hello Kitty!!! But mostly, because as a human, I must. I've been trying to figure out ways I can help as a person living in Korea and an expat, so I did some research.
On a side note: often I have to deal with the unusual hatred in Korean kids over dokdo. It drives me insane. Especially given that they are so young. However, and this is a big however, the majority of Koreans are not like this. Most of them grow up and snap out of it, the older generation still perpetrates this. The others realize it's a horrible attitude, and that love for human kind is greater than past grievances.

Everyone is pitching in to help in Korea: Celebrities, Normal folks, Government and more
I wanted to do something to help too, so if you live in Korea, here's how you can help:
  • Call 060-700-1122. You will be charged 2,000 won per call. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO JAPAN RELIEF! (The message is in Korean but just wait a few seconds for the beep and it should have gone through!)
  • You can also make direct donations with your card to the Japanese Red Cross through Google. It is converted directly to Yen
*Thanks X7 for sharing
  • Or by bank transfer. It's just like sending money home from Korea.
And I got this online* for those of us who can use our credit cards from abroad

  • AMERICAN RED CROSS: Emergency Operation Centers are opened in the affected areas and staffed by the chapters. This disaster is on a scale larger than the Japanese Red Cross can typically manage. Donations to the American Red Cross can be allocated for the International Disaster Relief Fund, which then deploys to the region to help. Donate here.
  • GLOBALGIVING: Established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. Donate here.
  • SAVE THE CHILDREN: Mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter. Donate here.
  • SALVATION ARMY: The Salvation Army has been in Japan since 1895 and is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need. Donate here.
  • AMERICARES: Emergency team is on full alert, mobilizing resources and dispatching an emergency response manager to the region. Donate here.
  • CONVOY OF HOPE: Disaster Response team established connection with in-country partners who have been impacted by the damage and are identifying the needs and areas where Convoy of Hope may be of the greatest assistance. Donate here.
  • INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS: Putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities. Donate here.
Other blogs have some simple ways too: Here's one , another and a third

*Taken from Yahoo news


XT said...

You can also make -direct- donations to the Japanese Red Cross through google. They take your money in Yen and there's virtually no middle-man involved^^

Karamel said...

Good point. Thanks for sharing. I will add that to my blog as well