Sunday, March 13, 2011

Things you can do to aid the earthquake victims

Japan encountered an earthquake of magnitude 8.9 Richter on Friday (11 March, 2011). The quake with it's epicenter 130km east of Tōhoku, combined with the Tsunami that followed triggered a massive disaster. To add to the scenario, multiple problems popped out, including fire in an oil refinery in Ichihara and explosions in a nuclear power plant in Fukishima. The calamity has caused massive damage in the region and has accounted for great loss to life and property. A lot of people are stuck under the debris and many have been declared missing and dead respectively. It's high time that we realize our responsibilities towards the cause and help the affected to rehabilitate their lives. If "I want to help, but how can I?" is the question that bothers you, then here are a few simple ways in which you can serve.

Donate to red cross

With a calamity of this scale, comes the problem of credit crunch due to the lack of enough of basic civic amenities to serve the multitude. In such situations, donations are the best way to aid the people ailing with malnutrition and lack of proper shelter.

Wikipedia says- "The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement is an international humanitarian movement with approximately 97 million volunteers, members and staff worldwide which was founded to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering, without any discrimination based on nationality, race, sex, religious beliefs, class or political opinions."

The Red Cross also participated in aiding the victims of the Haiti earthquake and has put a positive step forward in many other occasions to help the mankind.

Update:  You can also donate towards the Japan Earthquake victims by sending a text SMS to 90999 with the content REDCROSS. Each SMS attracts a donation of $10 towards the American Red Cross society.

The American Red Cross Society has also launched a causes campaign on facebook to fund donations towards earthquake relief. You can make donations ranging from $10 to $500 as per your convenience.

iTunes has also introduced a donation campaign on the iTunes store [iTunes Link]  to fund donations towards the earthquake victims via the American Red Cross Society. There, it facilitates you with a page where you can make donations between $5 and $200.

Put up a Hello Bar banner on top of your blog (like mine)

The hello bar is a JavaScript bar developed by Digital Telegraphy User Experience Design that pops in at the top of your site (see above) requesting visitors to make donations to some non-profit organizations, such as Doctors Without Borders, that are working towards the cause by helping the affected people in some way or the other.

All you need to do is, go to the hello bar website and copy the Javascript code there into your blog's code within the body tag.

Like the "Dog Bless You" page on facebook

This is probably the easiest, yet equally effective thing you can do to serve the earthquake victims. All you need to do is to go to the Dog Bless You page on facebook and click the "Like" button there. What's the point in that? Well, founder Charlie A. Weingarten has announced at the SXSW saying that will donate up to $100,000 to the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, an organization whose dog rescue team is helping rescue the people stuck in the debris.

That's it for now. I firmly believe that collaborating as a society, we can make this world a better planet to live in. Let's join hands and make it possible. Cheers.

Donate via Zynga by buying virtual goods

Zynga, the world's biggest social gaming service, has introduced virtual goods to raise money for the earthquake relief. The company has targeted to raise a sum of $2M towards the cause. The company has introduced goods such as Radishes in FarmVille, Sweet Potatoes in CityVille and Kobe Cows in FrontierVille.

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