Save The Children charity has launched a £1 million crisis appeal to help children and families in Japan affected by the devastation caused by the tsunami and earthquake disaster.
Save The Children’s response teams based in Japan’s north coastline have found shortages of essential supplies including water, food, clothing and fuel. Freezing conditions have exacerbated the situation as the death toll rises daily.
Stephen McDonald, Save The Children’s response team leader, said: “What we’ve seen over the past few days has convinced us of the need to expand the work we are doing. We’ve seen children suffering with the cold, and lacking really basic items like food and clean water.”
Child-friendly spaces have been set up to provide vulnerable children with a safe place and are supervised by trained volunteers to help them recover from the trauma of the disaster. The area gives parents essential time to find food supplies, accommodation and locate relatives or friends.
You can place an urgently needed donation, by visiting Save The Children website at www.savethechildren.org.uk.
By Amanda Hall-Davis