It has been more than 10 days since Japan was hit by the unprecedented magnitude-9.0 earthquake and devastating tsunami. The massive disaster left tens of thousands dead or missing, nearly half a million people homeless and the rest of the world in disbelief.
The survivors, badly shaken by the quake and personal losses, are suffering from lack of food, water and medicine amid power cuts and cold weather. Ongoing problems at the radiation-leaking nuclear plants are only worsening the situation by heightening fears and slowing relief efforts.
With our thoughts and prayers with the victims and their families, Samsung is working to help those affected and support them in the recovery.
To date, Samsung has committed a total of 620 million yen ($7.7 million) in donations and contributions to help the evacuees affected by the earthquake and the nuclear emergency. The plans, last updated on March 20, include:
- Donation of 100 million yen cash
- Providing 2,000 rescue kits together with the Red Cross
- Delivering 28,000 clothing items for men, women and children worth 100 million yen
- Providing telecommunications devices worth 390 million yen, including 2,400 Galaxy Tab tablet PCs, batteries and charging connectors
While the cash and goods are being put into places, Samsung is also mobilizing helping hands, albeit small.
On March 20, about 30 executives and employees of Samsung Japan joined the recovery activities at Asahi city of Chiba prefecture, a small east-coast city affected by the earthquake and tsunami. The volunteers cleaned debris and repaired roads and drainage systems for those living in the affected towns, mostly the elderly.
"The area had been swept by tsunami and the entire first floor had been flooded," said Sang-gi Jang, assistant manager at Samsung Japan's social relation team. Jang and his colleagues removed damaged furniture and cleaned drainage overflown with debris.
"By the end of the day we were able to clean and restore the town's drainage canal and I felt grateful that I could help the people here."
We will continue to look for ways to help Japan and invite you to share your ideas and thoughts.
Here are also a few sites and blogs you can check out, if you’re considering donations:
Worldwide Support Helps Salvation Army Emergency Response in Japan (The Salvation Army)
Donating wisely is best gift for Japan (InterAction)