It’s been a little over a month since the 8.9 earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. With resources finally being restocked and less scheduled black outs occurring it seems people in Japan are starting a slow recovery back to their lives prior to the natural disaster.
Residents are still dealing with aftershocks, which sometimes happen up to 10 times a day, along with having to say goodbye to friends who have left Japan. Most are not able to drink from tap water because of the threat of radiation levels. Not to mention that the situation with the nuclear plants is still unstable and uncertain.
Although everyone is trying to move on with their lives, they are still faced with everyday obstacles that are making returning back to their everyday lives increasingly difficult. As with most natural disaster relief, many aides have left after the initial clean up, leaving residents to face the mess alone. However there are some companies that are still offering relief.
Here are some ways you can still help out:
Lush Cosmetics is creating a few limited edition products, where all proceeds will benefit relief for Japan. Choose from the Rising Sun Soap, which resembles the Japanese flag, or Charity Pots, which are filled with body lotions.
The Federico Beauty Institute is giving 50% of the proceeds from manicures, facials, pedicures, messages and other beauty treatments, to the Red Cross Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Fund.
The Beach Boys are releasing two singles: “Don’t Fight The Sea” and a previously unreleased a capella recording of “Friends.” Both will be on a limited edition black vinyl, with all proceeds going towards the American Red Cross fund.
The Council of Fashion Designers of America is holding auctions, which started April 5th, where all proceeds will be benefiting the Japan Society’s Japan Earthquake Relief Fun. Some of the auction items include a meet and greet with Vogue Editor Anna Wintour as well as two tickets to Elton John’s Oscar party. Click here for a complete list.
Interested in donating? Here are some of the best funds to donate to:
The American Red Cross allows you to pick where you would like your donation to go to so you can make sure you are helping the people who need it the most.
Mercy Corps is using your donations to provide supplies such as large shelters, tents, kerosene space heaters, blankets, instant rice and fresh produce to families evacuated from homes in four tsunami-devastated cities.
Habitat for Humanity is looking for volunteers to help clean up the destruction that the earthquake and tsunami left. There is also a link to donate money to do that. With your donations Habitat for Humanity is able to afford supplies in order to clean up, and eventually rebuild.