As Japan grapples with the devastation caused by Friday's monster earthquake and subsequent tsunami, facing a rising death toll and the realization that communities have been decimated, the world is mobilizing to help victims. CNN in its IMPACT THE WORLD section has put together the following for those who want to help.
The humanitarian group World Vision is rushing personnel into the affected areas and providing food, water, medical supplies and shelter for victims.
It also plans to establish one or more “child-friendly spaces” for kids “affected by disasters to resume normal childhood activities and experience structure and security that are often lost following emergency situations.
You can follow World Vision’s blog for updates, and visit its website or text “4japan” to 20222 to send a $10 donation to the group. It will show up on your next mobile phone bill.
The American Red Cross also accepts donations via text message. Text "redcross" to 90999, and you can make a $10 donation to the organization.
You can also keep up with updates from the nonprofit by following its Twitter feed or watching its Facebook updates.
The Salvation Army, which has had a presence in Japan since 1895, is sending a team to Sendai to assess damages and hopes to provide food, water and other necessities. In Tokyo, the Salvation Army opened its main building to house and feed commuters who were unable to reach their homes.
The aid organization is issuing updates via its blog, its Twitter feed and Facebook page. It also is accepting donations via text message. Those interested in contributing $10 to the group's efforts can text "japan" or "quake" to 80888.
The group AmeriCares, which is also accepting donations, said it is mobilizing resources and sending an emergency response manager to the region.
Save the Children is sending an emergency team to assist its staff in Japan. Donations to the group's Children's Emergency Fund will help preserve the welfare of young ones, who "are always the most vulnerable in a disaster," Eiichi Sadamatsu in central Tokyo said in a statement.
Globalgiving.com, another aid organization that allows donors to select the causes they want to support – including climate change, economic development, human rights and natural disaster relief – has established a Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. GlobalGiving will disburse funds to organizations providing aid and relief to victims.
Among those organizations are Save the Children and the International Medical Corps. The Corps, which focuses on "health care training and relief and development programs," is speaking with local partners to determine Japan's most pressing needs. It will send supplies or emergency teams based on those communications. To contribute to the Corps' efforts, visit its website or text "med" to 80888 to send the group a $10 donation.