Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Write for Japan

Six winters back, a tsunami hit the coast of India for the first time in recorded history. The land my forefathers had lived in for centuries went under water till the sea decided to return where it belongs. The death and destruction was unprecedented, the army was pressed into service, aid-workers camped in the area for months.

India called for experts, but never asked for financial assistance. Japan is a much more developed economy; it doesn't need your dollars.

But the people of Japan need to know that people care. Here are some ways you can help- Write for Japan.

drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.

And here's a great news story on why it doesn't really make sense to donate dollars - Charities rush with little direction

Photo Credit - Cruella Collett, taken in Tokyo a week before disaster struck.


Dorte H said...

My sympathy and prayers go to the victims in Japan, but you are right, it is a modern, efficient society that should not need our financial help.

Anonymous said...

Write for Japan is auctioning off works to raise money for donations.

No matter how well off a country, they cannot really afford to build up the whole infrastructure on their own... Thanks for the tip.

And a lovely photo!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Japan will need a lot of help. I know Cruella felt bad about flying back to Norway today.

Deb and Barbara said...

I love Cruella's photo! I think Japan will need lots of help. And am glad so many people are reaching out to show their support -- in whatever way they can. It brings us closer.
xo B

Grandpa said...

Hi Rayna, a group of bloggers has set up a Relief Fund in Write Hope. I've written a post to create some awareness. May be you can help spread the word too.

Cruella Collett said...

Thank you so much for posting this, Natasha! As I have arrived safely I have so many mixed feelings that I have no idea how to keep "spreading the word". I am forever grateful that you do it in my absence. Thank you.

sue said...

Very interesting Drabble with a lovely photo from Cruella. Thankyou for the link to "charities rush with little direction" that was very informative.

Kittie Howard said...

Rayna, thank your for dropping by. I've been remiss as well and totally understand how circumstances can pull one in so many directions. We can only do what we can do. But with young kids to care for, your days are especially full. I know their bright smiles warm your heart and provide hope that tomorrow's youth will smile brighter.

I think people worldwide are numbed by what happened in Japan. So many lives lost in the blink of an eye. You're right, this prosperous country doesn't need financial support. But I'd gladly contribute if more immediate funds speeded recovery. Having said that, you're right again, Japan needs emotional support and all the positive energy we can send its people. How they've reacted to this tragedy is an inspiration beyond words. I just wish the world could right its axis. There's just too much turmoil. Hugs! (For you kids, too!)


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