Skip to comments.Request to Japanese/Japan-based Freepers: What's best, fastest way to send aid to most affected?
Posted on 03/17/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT by quesney
To Japanese and Japan-based Freepers:
What's the best, quickest way of getting aid to people on the ground directly -- via local groups, religious instutitons, etc.
I'd rather not give it to an international bureaucracy like the Red Cross (Japanese website was confusing), other NGO's or government.
This is being posted Front/Breaking because I imagine a lot of other Freepers want this info and, let's face it, it's an emergency over there and these people need quick, effective help as soon as they can get it.
I've seen too many stories of waste, corruption and abuse (Haiti, Katrina, etc.) and would rather bypass this and get as big a share of every dollar to the people who need it now as soon as possible.
The Salvation Army will be there, only you won’t hear about it because it won’t run commercials to get more donations it can hold on to for years beyond the incident.
It doesn’t pay it’s staff deep into the six figures either.
This is not breaking news.
Perhaps AIT could make suggestions...or ping those that can.
Glad to see you are safe and sound, AIT. Have been checking on you this week via user search.
The Red Cross is probably the best shot and is the first thing on the list. They need help in large quantities immediately and from what I read, aid has been slow in getting organized.
When I was deep in addiction and alcoholism, the United Way had no answers. The Red Cross wouldn't do anything but look crosseyed at me.
The Salvation Army housed me, clothed me, fed me, and all I had to do is follow their reasonable rules: No drinking or using, be in by 8 pm and out by 8 am, no stealing, look for a job.
Caritas information was posted yesterday, with a story about how the church is mobilizing relief in the Sendai area
Catholic Relief Service is another good charity, very low overhead, most of the donations go to the field
Religion is not used as a criteria of offering aid
The Japanese Red Cross (as opposed to International Red Cross) mighty also be a good one to check out
They all need cash money to buy and transport supplies locally as they can, donating goods is a huge problem with shipment
costs and disruptions
“aid has been slow in getting organized.”
Within days of the Haiti Quake, H-wood and aid agencies were working at warp speed.
Look into Samaritan’s Purse. They are boots on the ground in Japan delivering aid and taking donations for it.
Laz, that’s as compelling a testimony as I can imagine. The Salvation Army just went way up in my opinion. Congratulations on your recovery.
Excuse me for being blunt.
Send as much aid to Japan as they did during Katrina. Meanwhile take your money and employ an American. Have him or her paint your home, or build your car or grow your food. Charity begins at home.
The Japanese government has a bunch of US bonds they can sell to fund their own rebuilding, and since they’ll have $ they can buy stuff from us for a change. Like rice. And wood products to build homes. And so on.
That's the problem I have with many if not most charities.
Never again will the Red Cross ever see a penny from me. I was lied to by them on 9-11; they promised that they were there for the 9-11 survivors. The Red Cross what they considered the 'extra' money for themselves - instead of doing what they promised.
Fool me once, shame on you;
Fool me twice - shame on me.
Give it to your Church, or the Salvation Army. They appear to have some integrity.
日本 ピング (kono risuto ni hairitai ka detai wo shirasete kudasai : let me know if you want on or off this list)
Your tagline summarizes my opinion exactly. Kudos.
See my number #6
Thanks Lazamataz. I’m glad they were there for you. Your testimonial is much appreciated.
Yes, it pays to look around and make sure how much of the funds you donate will make it to the front lines, so to speak.
Thank you for the report and the link Thackney. Good job.
I’ll be using that link later today BTW. I would encourage others to join me.
here’s the BEST choice. The first ones on the ground and 100% goes to the relief effort...0% to admin.
Japan is a very rich country and prints money like we do. Plus, they can always sell US Tresury Bonds which was a fear, but Geithner has assured us they will not do:
Japan is a very rich country and has a high savings rate and has the capacity to deal not just with the humanitarian challenge but also the reconstruction challenge [have already begun] they face ahead.
If really interested: Organizations like the Red Cross or Save the Children will find themselves with important and useful roles to play in Japan. They determine what roles to play all over the world.
And you may want to stay updated through the MIT info then a panic causing media which plays into the hands of scam artists worldwide.
Updates to catch up MIT NSE
Salvation Army employees are paid modestly, and overhead costs are kept very low. Sally is quick to get people on the ground in places where tragedy strikes, and they never ask for repayment for their aid. The Christmas bell ringers are often people who were lifted up from lives of misery, much as you've described. They do much good in this world.
The Rev. Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse.
I have read through this thread and several previous threads for the various disasters (Haiti, Katrina, Chile, Japan, etc.)
The Salvation Army always seems to get high marks, but The Red Cross doesn’t.
I have made donations to the SA. The one thing I do appreciate is not later being flooded with expensive want-more mailings. SA has an opt-out checkbox on their website.
Once I donated to a seemingly small military service related fund. I got inundated with expensive mailings. It took three requests to finally get off their list.
This is the link to Salvation Army earthquake and tsunami relief. I have already used it. I have Japanese friends in the US and they are putting together fundraisers even bake sales for the weekend - some of the groups they were sending their money to are a little suspect to me, so I just used the SA.
I just sent my contribution to The Salvation Army, in which I have total confidence. And that was before I learned we have them to thank for your continued presence with us ;-).
YOU just do, what YOU feel you have to do--bottom line.
Giving is a great attribute, determining the overall greater causes or needs, makes a charitable dollar better spent.
Japan DID provide aid following Katrina
Japanese private citizens and the government alike have sent a virtual tsunami of assistance to the victims of Katrina, which devastated 90,000 square miles along the U.S. Gulf Coast in August. Hundreds of thousands of people lost their homes and hundreds lost their lives.
Japan has pledged more than $1.5 million in private donations. The government of Japan has donated $200,000 in cash to the American Red Cross and some $800,000 in relief supplies — from blankets to generators — already are arriving to aid the most needy. Japanese firms with operations in the United States have donated some $12 million in total, including Honda Motor Corporation ($5 million), Hitachi ($1 million) and Nissan (more than $750,000).
The U.S. Embassy in Tokyo was overwhelmed by the generosity of one Japanese individual — Takashi Endo — who donated $1 million from his personal funds to Katrina relief efforts. Endo said he was moved when, during a business trip to London, he saw a televised report about a mother separated from her children in the chaos of the flooding in New Orleans. The story so disturbed him he could not sleep that night; the next morning he resolved to do something to help.
I also contributed to the Salvation Army. There is a link on Yahoo’s home page.
Salvation Army is my first choice.
Having personal experience as a Red Cross Volunteer, I would never, never, NEVER give them a penny.
That’s awesome Laz! Congrats on getting those monkies off your back.
SA gets my seal of approval. I’m familiar with most if not all big charity organizations and SA is consistently excellent.
I googled “The Salvation Army” and found their main site.
Thank you, I have submitted a donation.
Donate to the Japanese people and know who got the money and when, and how the money helped
Does anyone know which Swiss bank accounts got the majority of the money donated to Haiti?
Is the Obama "tour" in Rio yet..safer to be further away from any radiation fallout ;) .....
I give to the Salvation Army. They actually help where it's needed.
The Red Cross has been busted spending donations on inflated salaries and excessive admin costs too many times.
I agree. Donating to help Japan, you can anticipate that there will be actual recovery - rebuilding and a return to normal life. Donating to Haiti, you have to accept that, at best, you’re simply helping a few people to survive in a country that is going to continue to be utterly miserable.
I agree with you. The Salvation Army already has a strong presence there, strong staff, good buildings, vehicles, a volunteer base, supplies. They are ready and they don’t waste time or money. Your donations to Salvation Army will ALWAYS help those most in need.
I’m sending my public high school’s donation to the “Samaritan’s Purse,” Billy Graham’s charity, that way it goes through local churches and hopefully some people get saved.
When your house’s wiped away, but you have Jesus, you don’t need the house.
I sold a house to a couple moving from California after the San Francisco earthquake. They lost their home and almost everything in it. In the immediate aftermath when they went to the Red Cross for help with shelter they were turned away because they had a savings account. Meanwhile homeless people were being bussed into the area and put up in the motels meant for quake victims. I have no way to confirm this story but the couple’s cold rage surely convinced me and I’ve never donated to the Red Cross again.
Thank you quesney for the thread, and Thank you Lord, for the Salvation Army.
Because it is hard to imagine FreeRepublic without Laz :)
Prayers for Japan.
Just pray for them. Japan, for all its problems, is in pretty good shape. It has a smart, educated populace who are cooperating and not rioting. Its infrastructure is top-notch. The electricity is on everywhere and besides some short-term panic, things are running normally (except in Sendai, of course)
They have Trillions of dollars, so much so that any extra aid the USA offers them, will probably have to be borrowed from Japanese or Chinese in the first place!!
Sounds good. Yes, I understand your misgivings about some relief organizations.