BBF and JASP Respond to Disasters in Japan

Brother’s Brother Foundation, in Cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Responds to Earthquake/Tsunami in Japan
March 11, 2011

Following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake/tsunami of March 11, 2011 off the east coast of Japan, Brother’s Brother Foundation (BBF), in cooperation with the Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania (JASP) is responding to requested needs of the residents of Japan. BBF has received donations for work in Japan from a total of 2,400 individuals, corporations, schools and foundations including generous gifts from University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and The Benedum Foundation.

Representatives from JASP and BBF are available at 10:30 am, September 22nd in the BBF offices to give greater detail related to the projects that have been selected for support. The two projects outlined below are examples of how the generosity of the community in relation to the Japan disasters will be used.

Rainbow House, a project of Ashinaga, will be receiving $250,000 from BBF and JASP for aid to children who lost parents in the earthquake/tsunami. The roots of Ashinaga go back to 1969. The organization provides emotional care and financial support to children who have lost one or both parents. Children who have a parent with a permanent disability due to the disaster are also eligible for assistance. Ashinaga receives its funding entirely through donations, most of which are from individuals.

Rotary Higashi Nihon Shinsai Fukko Kikin (East Japan Earthquake Damage Recovery Fund) is concentrating its relief work in Rikuzen, Takada-city. Rikuzen Takada Hospital was totally destroyed by the tsunami. Rotary’s current goal is to reestablish the temporary clinic to provide full outpatient services with necessary medical equipment.
Medical equipment destroyed at the main area hospital in Rikuzen, Takada-city will be replaced. A prioritized, detailed list of equipment, specifications and costs per item has been supplied. Rotary representatives stated that the prices on the items have been discounted by the manufacturers for purchase by hospitals and clinics in tsunami/earthquake affected areas. UPMC contacts in Japan have been able to substantiate that claim.

The JASP has been proud to serve the Pittsburgh region for twenty five years. Throughout its history, the JASP has been dedicated to improving international understanding and strengthening the ties between Japan and Western Pennsylvania.