Two Months On, Japan Still Needs Our Support

A mother prays for her missing child at the Okawa elementary school in the tsunami-devastated city of Ishinomaki, in Japan's Miyagi prefecture on May 11, 2011. (Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

Japan begins to recover from the earthquake and tsunami disaster, our hearts and minds are with the people of Japan. Many have already have donated to the disaster relief effort. We offer our heartfelt thanks on the behalf of the recipients.

To further support the people of Japan throughout this ongoing process of recovery and healing, Asia Society is encouraging all of you to consider providing financial support. Our sister organization, the Japan Society, is playing a leading role in coordinating assistance and will make sure that one hundred percent of contributions reach local Japanese organizations specializing in the relief efforts and working on the ground in the affected areas. Contributions will be put towards the Japan Society’s first installment of funding to four Japanese nonprofit organizations, totaling $1 million. The four organizations — Tokyo Volunteer Network for Disaster Relief, JEN, Entrepreneurial Training for Innovative Communities (ETIC), and the Japan NPO Center — are involved in immediate efforts to help victims of the disaster.

The Japan Society is continuing to collect donations and, as the recovery process evolves, will be announcing new recipients of funding that include organizations involved in mid- to long-term recovery and reconstruction.

If you choose to do so, please make your contribution to the Japan Society at their website. Under "Donor Acknowledgement," please indicate that you are providing support as part of the Asia Society family.

For Asia Society's continuing coverage of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and recovery, click here.

Vishakha Desai is President of the Asia Society.

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Dr. Vishakha N. Desai is former president of the Asia Society.