Heartsick for Japan--She Writers Respond (and HELP)

This is a disaster for which there are no words.  But process it--and help--we must.  Please use the comments on this post as a space to share links to writing, links to organizations in need of donations, and words for our fellow She Writers based in Japan.


For starters, please check out this post by She Writer Marie Cooper, "Hearts with the Japanese".  Marie mentions Sachiko, a blogger from Japan with family there, who is using her blog Tea Rose Home to implore the public to help in whatever way they can.  As Marie writes, "Financial contributions to reputable organizations seem to be the most efficient method of assisting.  Even donations as little as $10 are welcome."  Read Marie's post for links to charities organizing relief efforts, or see the list below.


She Writer Hollye Dexter has posted a beautiful "Prayer for Japan".


And New York Times writer Marie Mutsuki Mockett wrote a heartwrenching piece yesterday, "Memories Washed Away."


Japan, our prayers are with you.


Relief orgs:

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Comment by Hannah Kozak on April 2, 2011 at 9:09am

Hi Elizabeth, Here is the link to the blog again. I hope it goes through. Feel free to leave your comment there.

Thank you for your support.


Comment by Elizabeth Young on March 21, 2011 at 12:36am
Thanks Hannah, loved your blog and signed up. I also wanted to let everyone know that in Canada you can donate your 'z' points from Zellers and The Bay as a donation towards relief for Japan. It's a great idea.
Comment by Rebecca Anne Salem on March 19, 2011 at 2:59am
Thanks for the inspiration and insight, everyone ...
Comment by Margaret on March 19, 2011 at 1:11am

This is my blog post on ways we can help Japan.
Comment by gayle brandeis on March 18, 2011 at 11:31pm
I live in Riverside,CA, sister city to Sendai, Japan since 1957. Our mayor has set up the Sendai Relief Fund--100% of the donations will go directly to the city of Sendai, one of the areas most devastated by the earthquake and tsunami. I am helping to organize a concert of women's spoken word, music and dance that will benefit the fund on the 26th--sisterhood helping our sister city. You can find out more about the fund and donate here: http://www.riversideca.gov/sendairelief/
Comment by Erica Lyons on March 18, 2011 at 5:54pm

Can I add the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) to the list of humanitarian aid orgainzations.
Currently,in Japan, they are;
working with the Jewish Community of Japan to distribute emergency supplies to the hardest-hit Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures through JEN, a Japanese NGO.
providing a critically needed water shipment and other emergency relief supplies through JDC’s partner Afya Foundation and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan's aid and development arm.
funding food and water bottle distribution in Sendai.


Comment by Erica Lyons on March 18, 2011 at 5:47pm
I am Hong Kong based and have been covering this story using a number of on-the-ground contacts. My focus has been mainly work international aid organizations. I have also been working with a Hong Kong family to get their Japanese family's story out:


Comment by Flora Tonking on March 18, 2011 at 3:24pm

The events going on in Japan (and numerous other countries at the moment) have thoroughly occupied my mind recently.  From one urban-dweller to millions of others in far more unstable cities I have written about the humanity needed to recover from disaster.  Reading reports from Japan it seems the nation's citizens are displaying extreme courage and dignity.  Human resilience is a mighty thing to behold.

I ask, if you prick a city, does it not bleed?

Comment by Ann Rodela on March 18, 2011 at 3:05pm
You gals are great!  :)
Comment by Lauren Schultz on March 18, 2011 at 2:14am
I've continued to think about how we should respond when disaster strikes half way across the globe, and so I've written another post: http://laurenaliseschultz.blogspot.com/2011/03/where-there-is-despa...


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