Update: Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Resources

Jason Pitzl-Waters —  March 13, 2011 — 7 Comments

I have assembled some resources for the Pagan community regarding donation recommendations and other resources for showing solidarity with the people of Japan in the wake of Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. First, Peter Dybing, National First Officer, Covenant of the Goddess, who spoke on this issue on Friday, has posted some recommendations at his blog.

Over the past few days I have been researching, looking for small NGO’s that have a preexisting presence in Japan. They are few and far between in a country with so much wealth and strong social programs led by the government. One such organization is Peace Winds Japan, which is already erecting temporary housing and providing services on the ground. This organization has partnered with Mercy Corps international to do fundraising for their operations in Japan. Note: to insure that your donation goes to the right place you must write “funds to be used for Peace Winds Japan only” in the comment line on the donation form.

My primary suggestion for donations is Doctors Without Borders. This organization now has two teams on the ground in Japan setting up medical treatment centers. While this is a well-known NGO, I am recommending them due to their level of accomplishment in Haiti saving lives. Additionally, when this organization raised enough funds for its Haiti response it stopped accepting donations. It is important to recognize that organizations have a logistical limit as to how much they can accomplish. By suspending fundraising this organization demonstrated a commitment to spend funds wisely and not just take the opportunity to raise unlimited cash as other large NGO’s did. With this in mind, a Pagan Community donation Page has been set up to enable donations to this organization.

If you want your donation to Doctors Without Borders to be recognized as coming from the Pagan community, be sure to use the special FirstGiving page set up by Peter Dybing.

Poster by James White, which you can buy at the Signalnoise store. All profits go to the relief effort.

In addition, The Delaware Valley Pagan Network is raising funds for Shelter Box USA (official web site), and the ADF will be sending any donations made to its ADF Cares program to the International Red Cross.

Finally, for those wanting to do a targeted spiritual working, Selena Fox from Circle Sanctuary and Shibaten of Japan are planning a healing rite for Japan this evening (Sunday).

On Friday, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake in its history, followed by a tsunami which has destroyed two thirds of its eastern coast. Japan also now is in the midst of a nuclear emergency due to damages to several nuclear power plants. Please focus on sending healing to Japan, to its inhabitants, and to all those impacted by these disasters.

Shibaten, who is in his native Japan and is OK, and Selena, who is in her forest home in Wisconsin, have been in frequent contact by email since the disasters, and will be working together in facilitating this rite. Shibaten will be playing healing music on a didgeridoo & Selena will be playing the healing sounds of a singing bowl from Japan. They will be joined by others from Canada, Ireland, and other countries in this ritual.

If you have one, work with a quartz crystal and a symbol of and/or from Japan to help focus your healing prayers. Participants also are invited (not required) to work with the Elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit, and the Japanese Sun Goddess as Amaterasu Omikami in this rite. More info about the ceremony, also with posts from some of those who will be taking part is on Selena’s main Facebook page.

The ritual is at March 13th, 7 pm CDT Sunday/9 am Tokyo time Monday.

Thanks to Star Foster at Patheos.com for helping to pull these resources together. My prayers and best wishes go out to the people of Japan.

Jason Pitzl-Waters


  • If anyone speaks Japanese they can also go to Yahoo Japan and donate through them here: http://volunteer.yahoo.co.jp/donation/detail/1630… BUT you need a Japanese Yahoo account to do so. So far on here 331,235 people have given ¥529,884,633 (roughly $64,706,86). Also I respect giving to other charities mentioned above and on many other sites but here is a direct link through Google to–

    Red Cross JAPAN: http://www.google.com/crisisresponse/japanquake20

    If you give make sure it goes *directly* to Japan and not necessarily an intermediary.

  • Jocelyne Berengaria Houghton

    Joanna Powell Colbert also has a print for sale "For Japan: She Who Hears the Cries of the World" – the profits of which to be donated to Red Cross tsunami relief.

  • Carolyn

    If I am reading the FirstGiving site's terms of service correctly, 7.5% of your donation is directed to FirstGiving service fees. Go to the bottom of the donation page and click on Terms of Service, and see Section 1 (Responsibilities) (b) (FirstGivings Responsibilities to Users) 4.

    If I am reading this correctly, donors might better give money to Doctors without Borders directly, with a note about donating on behalf of the Pagan community for those who would prefer to have their affiliation so noted. The organization's website can be accessed directly at http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

    • Peter Dybing

      You are correct. Also by combining the communities donation in a single source the administrative costs of Doctors Without Boarders are reduced. One way or the other there are administrative costs involved when you give. Thanks to all who give.

      What we are attempting to do is both provide relief to Japan and establish that our community can act in coordination. This effort could lead to an organized Pagan relief services council, something that would establish our community as having the resources to act when needed in support of Pagans in need or our communities when disaster strikes.

      In Disaster Management there is an old saying that "we have no time to debate the best way to accomplish this, people will continue to die as we discuss. But if we act together with even a less than perfect plan we will save lives"

  • NorthernWay

    Hey, off topic. What is a good blog to ask about Asutra?

  • Labrys

    Wonderful graphic! Thank you for the info round-up!

  • Joy

    I'm curious about the various dollar amounts posted on the Pagan community page of Doctors Without Borders. Can anyone comment on the amounts that aren't multiples of $5? Thanks!