Within hours of the deadly March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami that shattered northeastern Japan, AmeriCares mobilized a large-scale emergency response, with shipments of medical and humanitarian aid that helped countless survivors in need.
An estimated 20,000 perished in the devastation. Entire communities were wiped out, and hundreds of thousands of people were displaced.
In the three years since the disaster, AmeriCares has committed $8.6 million in medical and humanitarian aid to help families who have lost everything build a healthy future. While Japan continues to rebuild, our team in Japan is working with local organizations to support health programs that benefit survivors immediately.
AmeriCares responded quickly, and our team remains in the disaster zone to this day. Our goal is clear: to help survivors regain their health and rebuild their lives. Partnering with local organizations, we provided*:
Emergency aid including medicines, water, and personal care items, hot meals for displaced survivors, and space heaters for apartments with no heat.
$7.9 million in support for projects that have helped an estimated 94,000 survivors, including mental health, dental health, building and renovation.
*as of March, 2014
Today, our Japan team remains firmly on the ground with an office in Sendai and a plan of action to fill crucial healthcare gaps and help Japan build a stronger, healthier future.
Moving forward, we continue to address the needs of survivors, by:
In one targeted recovery program after the 2011 tsunami, The Association for Aid and Relief, Japan (AAR Japan) and AmeriCares have provided funding for a vital transportation service that takes patients from Yamada to their medical appointments at a hospital in Miyako.
Three years after the devastating earthquake, tsunami and radiation disaster, AmeriCares remains firmly on the ground in Japan– with a clear plan of action to bring health and healing to people still struggling in the aftermath
After the disasters in Japan in 2011, elderly men are learning to care for their homebound family members by attending food preparation and home care sessions conducted by medical and nutrition professionals.
To help earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan gain access to crucial dental services, we have partnered with the Iwate Dental Association to provide mobile dental care to hundreds of elderly and infirm patients.
Baby Smile Ishinomaki provides mental health and child-rearing support services for mothers with young children in Ishinomaki, Japan. AmeriCares Japan has helped the nonprofit evolve into a model organization by providing funding and managerial support.
AmeriCares has expanded its dental program with Iwate Dental Association to include 5 more dentists with the goal of improving access to dental care for tsunami and earthquake survivors in Japan.
By funding both community-directed programs and caregiver training programs in Japan and in the U.S., AmeriCares is providing both immediate and lasting mental health support for disaster survivors.
The AmeriCares gardening project in Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture works to improve the psychological and emotional well being of disaster survivors. The program provides the opportunity for participants to plant and garden without the fear of radiation, which is still relatively high throughout the region.
Portable dental tools funded by AmeriCares enable mobile dental teams to bring care to isolated elderly patients in Miyagi and Iwate, Japan.
More than 100 garden projects are part of the $1.5 million in aid AmeriCares has provided to improve the mental well-being of earthquake and tsunami survivors in Japan.
Stamford, Conn. – March 6, 2013 – Japan tsunami survivors separated since the 2011 disaster will be reunited tomorrow with the opening of a new group home built by AmeriCares.
Since the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, AmeriCares has invested nearly $1.3 million to fund dozens of projects that support evacuees and assist people with disabilities.
In the aftermath of epic disaster, AmeriCares continues to expand recovery efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan, with continued focus on behavioral health, resettlement, and reconstruction.
A new dental clinic in Ogatsu, Japan, funded by a $220,000 AmeriCares grant, helps fill an urgent health care gap in the wake of the March, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The clinic is one of three funded by AmeriCares, serving a population of more than 10,000 people.
AmeriCares is helping evacuees battle isolation and its accompanying health risks. In Kesennuma City and nearby towns, AmeriCares works with Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO) to deliver hot meals to blocks of temporary houses, while at the same time identifying people at risk.
In the weeks prior to the 6-month anniversary of the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, AmeriCares Japan team members joined communities in the Tohoku region to mourn those lost in the disaster during the annual Umi no Bon (O-bon) festivals.
Six months after a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami rocked Japan, AmeriCares in-country Japan team continues our steadfast commitment to help survivors recover and rebuild.
The restoration of a 90-year-old music store in downtown Ishinomaki is just one heartwarming story highlighted by AmeriCares Japan team as they report on the transformative cleanup efforts of volunteers from Peaceboat. In a program made possible through an AmeriCares grant, volunteers worked for months to clean up the once ruined streets of Ishinomaki, helping businesses re-open their stores and bringing hope where there was none.