In response to the worst weather disaster in Japan in more than three decades – one that has left 225 dead, many injured and ill, and other 4,000 still in evacuation centers, CWS Japan has provided its initial assistance through Japanese medical NGO, HuMA. Further, CWS is partnering with the YMCA to provide psychological care through a camp for the children in affected area.
Last week, with United Church of Christ in Japan, CWS Japan team members joined an assessment and planning mission to ensure greater collaboration in the response. This is something UCCJ and CWS have been talking about for some time – a disaster management partnership – and those planning talks have led directly to practical collaborative action now. As the situation evolves, and through Japan’s ecumenical disaster risk reduction network (JETS), CWS is committed to contribute to the overall response and coordination with others and with the generous support received so far from the ELCA, PDA and the United Church of Canada and from individual donors, too.
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