On the heels of Friday's mammoth 8.9 magnitude earthquake off Japan's northeastern coast, SVP will channel donations through our Tokyo SVP Partners to ensure they are distributed to organizations taking a lead role in helping Japan's people and towns rebuild.
Weekend reports say the death toll from Japan's massive earthquake and the resulting tsunami could top 1,800 and entire cities have been destroyed. There is also growing concern about potential danger from a damaged nuclear plant.
The Social Venture Partners team on the ground in Tokyo reports that the public railway system is rapidly recovering, though the full impact in the area closest to the quake is still unclear.
People are helping each other, though there is concern over the impact of repeated exposure to video of the devastation, especially on children. Efforts to calm the situation, involving many non-government/non-profit organizations, are underway.
Social Venture Partners unique leveraged model of giving time and expertise alongside money means donations sent through SVPI to Tokyo have the potential to be worth many times the dollar amount contributed. By partnering with our affiliate in Tokyo, we hope to alleviate one of the concerns people have when donating overseas: assurance their donation is used effectively. Our Partners in Tokyo know the community, and will make sure monies are used where they're most needed. Gifts of any size are encouraged to help the victims.