From the Japanese Student Association: Earthquake relief
To KU Faculty, Staff, and Students:
Some of you may have already seen the following message from the KU Japanese Student Association or a similar email that was sent to the KUMC community. The need is so great that I wanted to share the message with all of you. Please consider how you can help support the Japan earthquake relief effort.
-- Prof. Jeffrey S. Vitter
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor
Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor
The University of Kansas
Japan needs your help...
As you know, on Friday, March 11, an estimated magnitude 9.0 earthquake and then a tsunami hit Japan. This is the largest earthquake to occur in Japanese history. As of this morning, 8800 are reported dead and 12,600 missing, and the numbers continue to rise. The full scope of damage is yet to be revealed. Importantly, a large number of people are currently suffering from the aftermath: loss of family, loss of home, and loss of hope.
After Hurricane Katrina, even the most advanced nation needed help from outside. Now in Japan, after a comparable large scale natural disaster, a great number of people are suffering from insufficient medical supplies and a lack of electricity and gas to protect them from the winter weather. They are in dire need of your help.
Should you wish to assist in relief efforts, the most effective means is often through donations to reputable organizations. Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region:
American Red Cross: According to the Japanese Red Cross, donations to the American Red Cross specifying that they use to support victims of the earthquake in Japan will be transferred to the Japanese Red Cross.
USAID refers interested donors to the organizations listed on this page:
Donate in-person on the KU campus:
The Japanese Student Association (JSA) has organized “Japan Earthquake Relief” tables both at the main floor in Kansas Union and at Wescoe Beach, Monday through Friday,10am to 5pm (we will resume after spring break).
Donate easily from your cell phone:
Text REDCROSS to 90999 to Give $10 (Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami)
More details and FAQ
***Excellent information for ways to contact your friends, family, or relatives in Japan is offered by the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago IN ENGLISH
Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the disaster. Thank you for your warm thoughts for the success of the rescue and recovery efforts. We really appreciate your kindness to aid the recovery.
KU Japanese Student Association