Japan Earthquake

Crisis Response -Japan Earthquake

In the early hours of Friday March 11, 2011 an 8.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Japan, followed by a tsunami.

The death toll from the March 11th quake was reported as 12,700, with another 14,700 missing. 

ERDO, as the humanitarian agency of the PAOC, responded to the crisis in 2011, and continued with the provision of heating equipment into 2012.  We are grateful to the generous donations of many Canadian churches and individuals who have enabled over $280,000 in crisis response aid to be sent to Japan.

Working with partners including PAOC Global Workers, Assemblies of God-Japan, FHI, Convoy of Hope, Canadian Churches in Action and CRASH (Japanese NGO), ERDO is ensuring that timely and appropriate emergency aid is provided to those most in need. 

In the first weeks of responding, ERDO partnered with Convoy of Hope to ship 40 foot containers of emergency supplies.  The first container originated in the Philippines, and safely arrived in Tokyo.  The shipments contained pre-packaged high protein foodstuffs, sanitary paper goods and water.  More shipments left Los Angeles in the weeks that followed the earthquake.  Distribution of the goods out to needy families was coordinated through the Japanese Assemblies of God headquarters in Tokyo.

In partnership with the Canadian Churches in Action, ERDO provided aid to 260 of the most vulnerable families (approximately 1300 individuals), most of whom were at evacuation sites. This activity involved:

  • Providing immediate relief support to the affected population through ready-to-eat food to meet caloric requirements, water, green tea, health and hygiene/sanitation kits, blankets, clothing, stoves and fuel, and batteries for communication.
  • Providing opportunities for local pastors and other qualified people to offer psycho-social support, particularly for children.
  • Ensuring particular focus on the most vulnerable groups giving special attention to the needs of women and people with disabilities.

ERDO's partnership with CRASH (a Japanese NGO) helped fund the transportation of patients to medical appointments, and the transport of relief supplies.

ERDO's partnership with FHI Japan resulted in heating rugs, heaters, stoves and fishing nets distributed to families in need.

The final phase of emergency relief was providing heating solutions to families who were not able to heat their homes.  This involved the distribution of blankets, fan heaters, kerosene stoves, tickets for the purchase of kerosene fuel, electric carpets and hot water heaters.

We are no longer collecting funds for Japan crisis response.  To equip us to quickly provide help during a future emergency, you can make a donation to ERDO's emergency relief fund by clicking here.


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