Times are hard for everyone during the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic and the best thing we can do is help each other out. Even though the state of emergency has been lifted, many people find themselves struggling to make ends meet. From free hotel rooms for stranded tourists to medical face mask donations, organisations throughout Tokyo are working together to support those in need. If you’re looking to donate some hard-earned cash, or part of your government stimulus money, try these English-speaking organisations helping those affected by coronavirus in Japan.
Hands On Tokyo
Hands On Tokyo, a bilingual volunteer group with roots in the USA, has a few projects running to help those affected by the virus. The PC for Children campaign provides laptops for children unable to participate in online learning. For those short on cash, you can also donate your unopened face masks or emergency supplies such as canned food and sanitary/hygiene kits, which will be distributed to children and aged-care homes.
Non-profit food bank Second Harvest is offering food to low-income residents and families through its free food market, Marugohan. Since schools are temporarily closed, families with children who depended on school meals are struggling. To help those going hungry, Second Harvest is accepting donations – even just ¥25 will provide one meal. Food donations are also accepted and rice and dry goods, instant foods, canned goods and other non-perishable items can be sent via mail.
Japanese Red Cross Society
The Red Cross provides medical relief and humanitarian aid during disasters. Not only will your donations go towards those affected by coronavirus, they will also help provide first aid, medical and psychological help after earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters. Donate here.
World Health Organisation
As always, the World Health Organisation is on the frontline researching the virus and helping those who have fallen ill. Donations to the Covid-19 Solidarity Response Fund (for information in Japanese, see here) will go towards tracking the virus, researching vaccines, funding medical equipment and helping patients.
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