2011 Tsunami Appeal: partners helping mothers and babies

Oxfam Japan is appealing for public donations for two partner organizations, one that is assisting mothers and babies and the o

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Oxfam Japan is appealing for public donations for two partner organizations, one that is assisting mothers and babies and the other providing information to non-Japanese speakers living in Japan.Oxfam Japan is appealing for public donations for two partner organizations, one that is assisting mothers and babies and the other providing information to non-Japanese speakers living in Japan.

Japan is one of the most advanced nations in the world in dealing with natural disasters and has accepted international help in only a few specific areas. It is important that ad-hoc efforts to help do not undermine the coordination of the state’s overall relief efforts, especially now that nuclear explosions and radiation levels are complicating efforts to assist those affected from the Mar 11 earthquake and tsunami.

“The Japanese state has the means to reach 99% of the population but there will always be some who need more specific assistance,” said Oxfam Japan executive director Akiko Mera from Tokyo.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Japan as they struggle to cope with the triple disasters-earthquake, tsunami and radiation from the nuclear plants-that have devastated them. Many people have been calling Oxfam India to express their solidarity with the people of Japan and to enquire if they can assist them in any way. We are launching an appeal to all concerned people to provide any support and assistance they can that we will channel to those in need through Oxfam Japan, “ said Nisha Agrawal, CEO, Oxfam India.

Oxfam Japan will channel funds to the Japan Organization for International Cooperation on Family Planning (JOICFP). Together with the Japanese Midwives’ Association and local doctors, the groups with help breast-feeding mothers by providing them with privacy and their babies with diapers and other products. They are offering counselling to women under high stress.

Another partner – the multi-language centre FACIL (http://www.tcc117.org/facil) – is helping non-Japanese speaking nationals living in affected areas. FACIL was set up as a response to the Kobe earthquake in 1995. It has set up a hot-line for people to get information and is translating and re-publishing information put out by local authorities. There are an estimated 40,000 non-Japanese speakers in affected areas.

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