Japan Earthquake Update

Japan: ADRA Continues to Respond to Appeals for Aid

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) continues to provide humanitarian assistance to victims affected by the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the northeastern coast of Japan on March 11.

Currently ADRA Japan has provided more than 750 meals over the period of a week to staff members and registered volunteers of Yamamoto city’s Department of Social Services (DSS), and will continue to coordinate with the DSS for future appeals of aid.  The agency also continues their food and emergency non-food distribution to various retirement centers in the Miyagi prefecture. In addition, ADRA Japan is procuring household materials and furniture for delivery and installation to more than 140 shelter homes in Yamamoto city.

As part of the agency’s ongoing intervention, ADRA Japan will be responding to a request made by Fukushima’s governor to provide household material and furniture for up to 17,500 homes. The agency will similarly be responsible for procuring and delivering household materials and furniture to 3,300 shelter homes in the cities of Watari and Higashi-Matsushima.

In light of the aftermath from the damaged nuclear reactors, many high school students are now left with no other option but to travel further distances to schools in neighboring towns, as their schools have been temporarily shutdown. In coordination with the Education Committee of Fukushima, ADRA will be providing 400 bicycles for high school students to help ease the longer commute.

Updates will be released as response efforts continue.

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