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.
Ohdear .... swiped for its familiarity to the truth .. tragic, our cross to bear.
I have heard the same type of testimony from many where the. Salvation Army is conmcerned, especially from veterans. They do great work.
As they put it: "We bridge the gap between catastrophe and large-scale response, uniting military veterans with medical professionals".
Their speciality is disaster "triage" = first line care before the full fledged medical teams can become effective.
They have elected to "stand down" in the Japan disaster because of the strong medical infrastructure in place and relatively few survivors who need "battlefield type" medical attention. Pics from Haiti showing them splinting a little girls broken leg with cardboard and duct tape speak to their "get it done" attitude.
They are conserving their funds for events that need their type of skills - Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, Sudan, Burma...etc.
They are a grassroots, can-do bunch. I suggest you check out their website....I believe they are as efficient with their donations as anyone on the planet. Somewhere on their website you might find a story of them fighting with the US State Dept. in Haiti who tried to confiscate supplies sent to Rubicon for the...yep - US Consular staff!