Many relief organisations worldwide are collecting money to help fund the relief effort in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. The Red Cross is the key aid organisation collecting donations for relief efforts following Japan‘s earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese branch of the organisation is overseeing around 80 teams on the ground, but donations are being taken at branches around the world. You can make online donations through the British Red Cross or you can download donation forms to post. Cheques should be made payable to British Red Cross and sent to British Red Cross, Japan Tsunami Appeal, Ref: ON2011, Freepost NAT21787, Paisley PA1 1BR.
The the American and the Philippine Red Cross are taking donations by SMS, which the Red Cross piloted after the earthquake in Haiti last year. For donations from the US, text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. In the Philippines text REDAMOUNT to 2899, or DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882 for Globe subscribers, and REDON to 4483 for Smart subscribers.
Alternatively, donations can be made to the Japanese Red Cross through Google’s Crisis Response site, which also offers resources and information about the disaster.
The Salvation Army is also using SMS to take donations. Text the words JAPAN or QUAKE to 80888 to make a $10 donation – make sure you respond YES when you receive a “thank you” message. You can also take the more tradition donor route, donating online, by phone, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.
Save the Children UK is taking online donations and credit and debit card donations over the phone. Call +44 (0)20 7012 6400. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Meanwhile, Plan has launched an appeal for funds, along with World Vision in the UK and the US, and Islamic Relief. Christian Aid and Oxfam have not set up separate appeals for Japan, but you can donate to their general emergency funds. InterAction, an alliance of US-based international NGOs, has published a list of its members that are collecting money for the relief efforts. You can pledge money directly to the 22 organisations mentioned, which include Relief International, World Vision and Habitat for Humanity.