Rotary is all about helping people to help themselves. Whether it’s a local Rotary club helping local people or Rotary International helping on really large scale disasters, the idea is the same:
Service Above Self
Japanese Disaster Relief
In response to the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on 11 March, The Rotary Foundation established the Rotary Japan and Pacific Islands Disaster Recovery Fund, which will support recovery projects in the affected areas.
You Can’t Appreciate The Tsunami Until You See This. CLICK in the blue box to see the video
The 8.9-magnitude earthquake, Japan’s largest in the last century, caused a devastating tsunami that swept over northern coastal towns. The death toll from Japan’s earthquake and tsunami has now reached 10,035 people, with 17,443 still missing, national police say. Authorities race to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation’s worst crisis since World War II.
Here are 3 incredible Videos of the devastation: VIDEO
Rotarians, clubs, and districts can contribute cash and District Designated Fund (DDF) allocations to the fund. Learn more.
The Foundation will begin accepting online contributions by 14 March.
Download a PDF with answers to frequently asked questions.
Indonesia was hit by three natural disasters in 2010: a flash flood in Wasior, Papua province; the tsunami in Mentawai islands, West Sumatra province; and the Merapi volcano eruption in Jogjakarta. There’s also some rumbling from the Krakatau volcano chain between the islands of Sumatra and Java.
Team Merapi Rotary Aids 2010 in Yogyakarta has been delivering aid packages (food and non-food) to several shelters that are full to the brim with villagers evacuated from the slopes of mount Merapi.
Shelterbox Response Team with the help of Rotary Club of Medan has been delivering shelter packages to Mentawai. The combination of bad weather and lack of transport (the tsunami site can only be reached with small boats and choppers from Padang, the nearest port town) has been hampering the distribution effort.
To make a US tax deductible contribution, you can send your donation to the US based Rotary Bali Ubud Foundation, with “disaster relief” specified. Or, you can contribute directly to our club account in Indonesia. Details here.
Thank you so very much,
The Rotary Club of Bali Ubud Sunset