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 two years since the disaster, AmeriCares has provided nearly $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*:
- Relief supplies, including medicines, water, and personal care items
- Hot meals for displaced survivors
- Space heaters for apartments with no heat
- Counseling support for survivors struggling with trauma and loss
- Funds to construct dental clinics to replace those destroyed by disaster
*as of March, 2013
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:
- Increasing and restoring access to health services such as dental care.
- Supporting counseling services to help survivors cope with trauma and loss.
- Assisting evacuees.
- Supporting people with disabilities.
- Providing grants for community-based initiatives, including community garden projects that help survivors manage stress and depression.
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.