July has been a quiet month for me. I’ve been back home in Spokane biking, reflecting, thinking and writing. I’ll return to Japan in a few weeks. If you missed my earlier notes from Japan, you can see them all at www.resilientjapan.org
A number of you generously responded to my request in June for contributions to support work in Japan. Thank you!
For those of you who were unable to respond then — there’s still time! Your help is still urgently needed. Whether it is a $10 contribution, or $100, or $10,000 — all is needed.
Some ask why? Isn’t Japan a wealthy country? It is a wealthy country, this is a huge disaster AND support from the outside is needed to create new possibilities, NOW
Where will your dollars go? They will support a range of on-the-ground efforts supporting local people in rebuilding the devastated region of Japan:
>> Workshops bringing together people of all ages from the Tohoku region together with others from around Japan to develop and support youth leadership. The energy, strength and insights of youth are vital.
>> Creating a network of “laboratories of grace” in the Tohoku: Future Centers in local communities where people can work through grief and confusion and move on to vision and action to build new community, now.
>> Finding ways to use what communities already have available with Asset Based Community Development approaches and use of time-dollar systems to surface local resources.
>> Strengthening the capacities of people in the region who have stepped forward to create the all important volunteer centers which are critical for emergency services now and a source of strength for the future.
Most of this is volunteer work — including most of my time. But funds are needed which are flexible, quick, and adaptable to support new experimental efforts which just are not understandable to government or most of the major international nonprofit organizations. We’re working on leverage points where a few dollars can have high impact to help people in Japan build a new future.
Please consider a contribution today.
Japan has dropped from the global spotlight, but the needs and opportunities are great. Please join me in supporting this work in one of the ways listed below:
- You can make a tax-deductible contribution to The Berkana Institute in two ways. You can visit our webpage: (http://bit.ly/berkanadonate) and donate via credit card. Or you can mail a check to The Berkana Institute, 308 W. 1st Ave., Ste. 207, Spokane, WA 99201. In either case please state your donor preference that this be directed toward the Japan Initiative
- If you prefer you can also make a tax-deductible contribution to New Stories. You can mail a check to New Stories, 6591 Deer Foot Lane, Freeland, WA 98249
Thanks so very much for considering this request.