Natural Disaster Relief

Disaster Relief Committee is responsible of overseeing all projects in related to providing natural disaster relief.

Introduction
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In today's society, devastating natural disasters such as earthquake, tsunami, floods, volcano eruption, hurricane, typhoon are happening in a much bigger scale at a historic rate all around the world and destroy hundreds of love ones and take everything away from them all at once.

As stated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the climate change is happening now and people around the world need to unite as one nation and provide supports to those who are deeply affected, regardless the difference in ethnics, religions, race and gender. Today, we are facing a critical environmental transition in our lives and we all need to share information and support each other.

In Japan, the country had one of the most devastating Earthquake and Tsunamis not just long ago and destroyed lives of tens of thousands of Japanese people instantly in 2011 and also has faced many other devastating earthquakes, floods and volcano eruptions that killed another thousands of lives since then.

At KIF Japan, we continue to partner with more national and local organizations to prepare for the upcoming natural disasters and share the news of the disasters to people around the world through our global partners and social media.

Our Projects
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As for 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, KIF Japan and KIF USA have collaborated to raise substantial relief funds and relief goods and items that were contributed directly to the victims, thanks to volunteers from both countries.

As for devastating 2018 Japan Floods, KIF Japan and KIF USA have teamed up once again to raise relief funds from the United States and donated them directly to the victims in the affected cities and also distributed the local news of the affected areas to its global partners worldwide.

In early 2019, KIF has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as a global partner with AMDA (Association of Medical Doctors of Asia), an international NGOs with United Nations General Consultative Statues headquartered in Okayama, Japan. The purpose of the partnerships is to collaborate on natural disaster relief across the globe, especially for the anticipating Nankai megathrust earthquakes in Japan in the future.

There are several methods of supporting the victims of the natural disasters

  • Fundraising relief funds through charity events and donations from people or organizations;
  • Collecting the relief goods and items;
  • Searching for potential local volunteers through our national and global networks; and
  • Distributing the local disaster news to the world via our social medias and our global partners.

Our Event Examples
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2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

In the awake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami disaster that occurred in Tohoku region of Japan on March 11, KIF Japan and KIF USA collaborated to raise substantial relief funds by hosting Hollywood charity concert and fashion show with Hollywood  celebrities and donated them directly to three affected prefectural governments such as Miyagi Prefecture, Iwate Prefecture and Fukushima Prefecture in Japan.

In addition, KIF USA has collected relief goods and items filled in 20-feet container and shipped them from Port of Long Beach to Port of Yokohama where the group of KIF Japan volunteer accepted and transported them in the truck to the Japanese victims directly in Miyagi Prefecture.

Later, those Governors sent KIF USA Letters of Appreciation in English to praise and thank KIF teams for their tireless efforts.

2018 Japan Floods

In late June through mid-July 2018, successive heavy downpours in southwestern Japan resulted in widespread, devastating floods and mudflows. As of 20 July, 225 people were confirmed dead across 15 prefectures with a further 13 people reported missing. More than 8 million people were advised or urged to evacuate across 23 prefectures. KIF Japan and KIF USA collaborated to raise relief funds for victims in the most devastated Okayama Prefecture where KIF Chairman Shin Koyamada is originally from and his relatives were directly affected, rescued by the Japanese Self-Defense Force and eventually lost their newly renovated house.