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Disaster in Japan Update

Disaster in Japan Update

March 17, 2011

After a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, more than 500,000 people are in emergency shelter, almost 2 million households are without power and about 1.4 million households have no running water. The members of the HUMANITARIAN COALITION are responding:  

* Oxfam is working with the Japan Organization for International Cooperation on Family Planning, the Japanese Midwives’ Association and local obstetrics and gynecologists to provide private spaces for breastfeeding in the evacuation centres, diapers and sanitary goods, and counseling to women under high stress. Oxfam is also supporting a local multi-language centre, FACIL, to help the estimated 40,000 non-Japanese speakers in the affected area with a hotline, portable radios and batteries, and translation of information put out by local authorities.

* CARE is sending three vehicles of relief items to Iwate prefecture in North Japan. The team will distribute water, face masks, toilet paper, sanitary tissues, biscuits, fruits and small portions of rice to approximately 900 people.  

* Save the Children opened the first child-friendly space in Sendai, in a primary school currently being used as an evacuation centre. In this protective environment, children can play, talk about their experiences and establish a routine in a chaotic situation. Save the Children plans to set up more child-friendly spaces to complement the Japanese government-led relief effort.


The HUMANITARIAN COALITION, with the joint efforts of CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec and Save the Children Canada, provides a widespread and effective response to humanitarian emergencies. By combining under one banner, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION makes it easy for Canadians to donate in an emergency. With one joint fundraising apparatus, the HUMANITARIAN COALITION reduces fundraising costs, increasing the impact of Canadian donations where it is needed.

Being ready to respond – Oxfam Canada's Emergency Response Fund
Time is of the essence in an emergency and it is essential that Oxfam be ready to respond quickly and effectively to a humanitarian crisis.

The Oxfam Canada Emergency Response Fund (ERF) enables us to provide timely, appropriate responses to emergency situations and to support reconstruction work that enables people affected by an emergency to get back on their feet and become less vulnerable to disasters in the future. ERF also provides critical funding and enables Oxfam to respond to emergencies that don’t capture the attention of the media and don’t make it to the headlines.

You can help Oxfam Canada provide assistance to people affected by disasters by donating to our Emergency Response Fund.

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