The sixth largest earthquake in recorded history and the largest in Japan for nearly 1,200 years struck off the northeastern coast of the nation on March 11, resulting in a massive tsunami that washed inland, wiping out homes, buildings and cars. Roads, railways and airports have been severely damaged and telecommunications services and power have been cut off to thousands. More than 300 people have been confirmed dead, with another 500 reported missing, and the death toll is expected to rise above 1,000 as the extent of the damage is evaluated. As nations around the world commit resources and personnel to relief efforts along the coast, JCI members must take action to help the ongoing recovery efforts throughout the coming weeks and months.
JCI Japan and its members are among the first to take action whenever JCI projects call for support. Whether when Operation Hope is activated to invest in sustainable recovery in disaster-stricken areas or when JCI Nothing But Nets raises funds to fight malaria, JCI Japan members can be counted on to respond. Today these same individuals are the ones who are most in need of our action and our sympathies. JCI will work with JCI Japan to coordinate projects to evaluate the needs of the affected areas and address them to sustain the nation’s recovery from this tragedy. JCI members around the world are encouraged to offer what support they can to help Japan overcome this disaster and return life to normal for millions of citizens.
JCI members can help by loggin into the JCI global site for Operation Hope
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This post was written by Sarah Beckwith