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Japan Update: March 18, 2011

Latest Update on Recovery Efforts in Japan:

(March 18, 2011) — The Salvation Army’s earthquake response in Japan is continuing its work despite difficulties caused by snow and the lack of fuel. A team that was set to head from Tokyo to the tsunami-hit north of the country had to delay its journey because of snow but has now made its way to Sendai, where a distribution will take place tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Japan-TokyoTHQThe three teams that carried out distributions in Sendai, Koriyama, Shirakawa, Fukushima and Mito City on Wednesday, March 16 returned to The Salvation Army’s Japan Territorial Headquarters in Tokyo to report on what they had seen and decide what should be done next.

“The work that has been done is commendable – from feeding programs out of Salvation Army to the distribution of blankets, water bottles, bread and diapers,” said Major Raelton Gibbs, and International Emergency Services worker for The Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army distribution teams are well aware of the concerns surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station and are staying clear of the exclusion zones.

Major Gibbs says he has been impressed by the response put together by The Salvation Army’s Japan Territory. The fuel and weather problems mean that people have had to be flexible. He tells of one group that tried to get to Sendai but was unable to make it all the way and so met the needs of some smaller communities around Koriyama on the way back to Tokyo.

The focus is understandably on the immediate response but Major Gibbs says that longer-term plans are being put in place, such as the provision of cooking equipment when people return to their communities. As it often does in emergency responses, The Salvation Army will pay particular attention to communities that have been missed by the government and other agencies.

Japan: 8.9 Earthquake and Tsunami

Update from Salvation Army International Headquarters & Japan Territory:
(March 11, 2011) The Salvation Army in Japan is responding to the earthquake and tsunami that brought devastation to the north side of the country. Communication and travel have been badly hit by the disaster, and at the moment the true cost in human life and property can only be guessed.

The most damaged city is Sendai, about 400 kilometers away from Tokyo. Commissioner Makoto Yoshida, leader of The Salvation Army’s Japan Territory, was at territorial headquarters in Tokyo and reports:

“Our building swayed tremendously,” said Commissioner Yoshida. “It was hard for us to keep standing and many of us were really frightened.”

The Salvation Army, a leader in international emergency disaster services, is responding immediately.

“We are sending a team to Sendai tonight [March 11, JST] and tomorrow we will start providing the basic necessities as well as assessing the level of damage so we can decide what else we can do,” said Yoshida.

Public transport in Tokyo stopped because of the earthquake, leaving many commuters unable to leave work.

“We opened our hall on the ground floor of territorial headquarters to those who could not go home,” said Yoshida. “We served them with hot drinks and packed meals.”

General Shaw Clifton, the international leader of The Salvation Army, has already been in touch with the commissioner to assure him of the prayers and support of Salvationists around the world.  Salvation Army units up and down the U.S. Pacific Coast and in the Hawaiian and Pacific Islands are on standby and ready to help.

To keep updated with the efforts in Japan, please check our Japanese Earthquake page for more information as it is released. The post above is from our Divisional Headquarters and can be read in its entirety here.

Exciting New Updates!

Greetings everyone!

Here is a glimpse of some of the exciting changes and special events that are coming up.

>>Various Youth fellowships are taking place every Friday and Saturday evenings. Contact Annie Liang at annie.liang@usw.salvationarmy.org for more information about this.

>>After School Tutoring by College Graduates and Students as well as High School volunteers is ongoing. Please email Annie Liang at the above email address for information on how to enroll your child.

>>We are celebrating our 125th Anniversary this year! Special guests are being invited from all over the world! Please stay tuned for the exact dates of our celebrations!

>>Interested in volunteering for the summer? We will soon be taking applications for tutors and volunteers for our Summer Day Camp program. Minimum 2 week commitment. We offer letters of recommendations and verification of hours volunteered upon working a minimum of hours (not the same as the 2 week minimum commitment). Please stay tuned for more information about the camp! This is an excellent opportunity for college applications as well as experience for jobs.

Thats it for now! We will release more information about these programs as well as new programs in the coming weeks!