Restore jobs and businesses to areas heavily damaged by the March 2011 tsunami, support children recovering from the disaster and help local organizations improve their ability to respond to future emergencies.
One of the largest earthquakes ever recorded triggered a tsunami that killed more than 15,000 people, spurred a nuclear crisis and caused an estimated $235 billion in damages — Japan’s worst disaster since World War II. Entire coastal communities were wiped out by the surging waters.
- Emergency response: Provided relief supplies to meet the basic needs of 42,000 people living in shelters and helped children heal from trauma after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
- Economic opportunity: Delivering start-up grants, employment incentives and loan-interest subsidies to encourage new businesses and hiring in tsunami-affected towns.
- Children & youth:Helping children cope after disaster and teaching caregivers how to address psychological stress.
- Disaster preparedness:Partnering with local organizations to improve responses to future emergencies.
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