World Vision U.S. is humbled by the overwhelming outpouring of support from our donors for the people of Japan. Our response to the quake and tsunami will continue through a planned 90-day emergency response phase and 24-month recovery and rehabilitation phase. World Vision expects now to have received enough donations to fully fund this intended 24-month response. We are encouraging those who wish to continue to help to donate to World Vision's general Disaster Response Fund. Given that World Vision responds to some 75 disasters annually, this fund provides resources for us to continue working in other critical emergencies around the world, as well as prepare for the next rapid disaster response. We are grateful for your support and ongoing prayers for the people of Japan.
World Vision is distributing relief supplies to thousands of people devastated by the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. An emergency response team is on the ground in hard hit areas, providing water, blankets, and other urgently needed supplies to survivors. Ongoing efforts will focus on the unique needs of children, who are the most impacted. Please help us respond quickly to this disaster.
Japan's 9.0 magnitude quake triggered a massive tsunami along the northeastern coast — sweeping away entire villages with walls of water more than 30 feet high. "We are now facing the most tragic disaster in our country's history," said Kenjiro Ban, World Vision's Humanitarian and Emergency Affairs Manager.
In the wake of a disaster, World Vision is often one of the first organizations to begin relief work by distributing emergency supplies and sending highly-trained staff to assess and respond to the most urgent needs. We remain on the ground for the long haul, rebuilding communities and restoring hope.
Please join us in praying for the children and families impacted by the devastating quake and tsunami in Japan. And send a gift to help them today.