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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Japan: Striding down a path of wreckage March 15, 2011
The lone Neena Sasaki, 5, striding down a path of complete wreckage, her pink bag full of remaining family belongings, her mouth turned down in sadness but her face set in striking resolve. She looks mightier than all the soldiers behind her.
Japan: Bringing years of experience to Japan's disaster zone March 15, 2011
Japan: Peace Winds distributes food, shelter materials to survivors in Kesennuma March 14, 2011
Three staff members from our partner, Peace Winds, distributed food and materials to earthquake survivors in Kesennuma City on Monday. Here are some of the items they delivered via helicopter from Tokyo:
Japan: Praying for my country from Portland, Oregon March 13, 2011
The last Thursday night was a nightmare. A good friend of mine texted me asking if my family was OK; it was the first time I was informed that Japan, my country was attacked by a great earthquake and tsunami.
Japan: Devastation in Natori March 12, 2011
Japan: From Haiti to Japan March 11, 2011
This morning, as I was getting ready for work — before I'd switched on NPR — I was thinking about how I wanted to tell my aunt that I'd like to go with her to Japan this year.
Japan: Massive earthquake, tsunami strike Japan March 11, 2011
A devastating tsunami spawned by the strongest earthquake to ever strike Japan has killed hundreds and displaced tens of thousands. Hundreds more are missing.
Japan: Waking up to Japan's disaster March 11, 2011