Japan Society of Fairfield County
Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project

  The JSFC Earthquake Relief Project ended on Dec 31, 2011.
      On March 11, 2011, Japan suffered the worst earthquake in its recorded history.  The earthquake generated an even deadlier tsunami.  As of 6/11 15,413 people were known to have died from the 9.0 magnitude quake and the subsequent tsunami.  (92% of these people drowned) An additional 8,069 were missing. Approximately 90,000 were in emergency shelters.  With only minutes warning, the tsunami swept into communities on Japan's northeast coast, carrying off houses, factories, trucks, and cars and turning them into mountains of muddy debris. With the Japanese economy suffering through hard times, the Japanese Red Cross urgently needed funds to provide immediate care and assistance to victims and their families.
     Japan Society of Fairfield County collected contributions from its members and friends to provide immediate aid to victims through the Japanese Red Cross Society.   
    Those with questions are invited to contact Vernon Beck in Ridgefield (phone 203 431-0697), or Yumi McDonald in Westport.

Project partners:

"To help meet these needs we are urging the people of Connecticut to donate directly to the Japanese Red Cross through the Japan Society of Fairfield County, which is coordinating the collection of funds in Connecticut." said Arlene Avery of the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission at a news conference, Wednesday, April 6, in the Legislative Office Building in Hartford  given by State Reps. William Tong (D-Stamford), Tim Larson (D-East Hartford), Tony Hwang (R-Fairfield) and Prasad Srinivasan (R-Glastonbury), the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, and Japan Society of Fairfield County. We thank them for their support.

Alice McDonald and two friends from Staples HS conducted a bake sale on 3/19
The Center for Global Studies at Brien McMahon High School held a concert on 3/21 to raise relief aid.
The Stamford Symphony donated the proceeds from the sale of at least 50 4/9 and 4/10 concert tickets.
The Lao Association of Connecticut held a traditional religious ceremony for the victims on 6/19 and made a substantial donation.
Tanaka Kapec Design Group - Matching Grant
Fairfield County Bank - Banking services and wire fees
Chikae Potterf, Michiko Hughes, and Mariko Bender with Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden and Mackenzie’s Pharmacy of Trumbull conducted several fund raising drives.

Project Status as of 1/16/2012:
Opened Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project account at Fairfield County Savings Bank, Rowayton Branch  (4/1)
Received from over 750 contributors:      $48,228.96 as of 1/3/2012,  Total sent to JRC $48,228.96 as of 1/13/2012.
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $5,786.45  (This first disbursement was made through the Japanese Consulate in New York City.)
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief: $27,000.00 (This second disbursement was made on 4/26)
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief:   $9,700.00 (This third disbursement was made on 6/1)
Dispersed to JRC emergency relief:   $5742.51 (This fourth disbursement was made on 1/3)
Contribution receipts mailed: Over 200 as of 6/20.
Closed Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Project account at Fairfield County Savings Bank, Rowayton Branch

Earthquake information:
See PBS's NOVA: Japan's Killer Quake First aired on 3/30 and now online for viewing at your convenience.
Technical information on USGS website.
Earthquakes and Catfish - a Japanese tradition The June 2005 issue of Nipponia has many other earthquake articles too.

Other Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Projects:
Japan Society of New York       Japan Society of Boston       Americares (headquartered in Stamford, CT)

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