How to help shelter-related relief efforts in Japan
Japan is a rich nation but the sheer volume of people displaced is what will cause a problem. We believe tents will be needed in the north. In the cold weather, without access to shelter, people who are exposed will really start to suffer. We have to be there to support people in need, whatever country they belong to, when disasters of this scale strike. We’re ready to respond in whatever way and in whatever capacity is required from us.
Our focus will be to support the building of the following; Transitional Shelters, Health Clinics, Community Structures, Schools, Hospitals and Civic Structures.To implement our long term plan we are partnering with our Kyoto and Osaka chapters as well as a number of Japanese architects in our global network. If we need to we will broaden our reach to our entire network. Thanks to long term supporters and individual donations we now have the resources to start this process.However an organization should only work within a scope that fits the scale of the response. In Haiti we raised close to $2M and are undertaking a 3 year construction plan building many schools, in partnership with studentsrebuild.org. However in Chile we raised around $50,000 and focused resources on building a small youth center in Talca. Let us not forget Christchurch.For Japan if we raise between $50,000 - $200,000 we will provide pro bono design services and construction management. If we raise more than $200,000, our organization will provide a suite of design and construction services as well as construction financing for small 'urban acupuncture' centers.
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