Dear Sisters around the World,
We cannot express our "THANK YOU" in words, we are so moved and empowered by all your prayers and heartful messages and love and concern for us.
First of all please forgive our late replay that made you worry so much, as the office in Tokyo is also under effect and the communication, human, material resources, and all access and chances are very limited and couldn't get back to you to let you know the situation immediately. There is no loss of lives or injury as well as material damage in the National and Tokyo YWCA offices but communication, transportation, and nuclear contamination are the concerns here. Other YWCAs within the metropolitan area, Yokohama YWCA and Urawa YWCA are also safe.
As time goes by, things get more cleared as well as worsened… According to the Sendai YWCA survived members and president, they have been trying to contact other members but phone and internet within Sendai and its prefecture (called Miyagi) don't work. From outside area,like from Tokyo, we still have difficulty of communication access but time to time we can get in touch with Sendai survived members. Some Sendai YWCA members live by the tsunami area and we are "Keeping Hope Alive" but worry about them so much!
At this moment, YWCA of Japan is investigating routs and method to ship materials to the people in affected area. The roads and logistics for shipping is yet destroyed and finding partners there who have capability to accept shipped goods is even harder.
What we would like your support for at this moment is to join and spread the 2 "call for actions" and please wait for a little while if you are kindly planning to support us by material as there is no way to ship them to the survivors there at this moment. As soon as the method and routs are decided, we will make you updates for a particular needs. Until then please join the 2 call for actions. We thank you so much!
What makes us difficult to take action here is that vast area including Tokyo and even further areas (like Shizuoka where Mt.Fuji locates, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi prefectures) that include the whole middle part of the main land Japan has been affected by countless aftershocks still now, and nuclear contamination is expanding on the spring wind (which is strong like a storm, and it is a sign that spring season come). But we cannot celebrate the spring unless the lives are saved.
The YWCA of Japan office in downtown Tokyo is temporary closing until 22nd due to transportation limitation, risk of nuclear contamination in the air, and the aftershocks. But all staff members (7 of us together) are working and communicating via email at home and can see < email@example.com > . Please reach us via this email address.
Continually, we might not be able to reply to you individually but everyone of you is always in our heart! Your presence empowers us! We will of course share your message to the sisters in the affected area, and to our members, local YWCAs, and the board and the executives. We will put updates on our facebook. http://www.facebook.com/board.php?uid=121902501211336
We also pray and share the pain and hope with people who are affected by the earthquake in Christchurch, for women and girls in the Middle East, and all of you who are working and fighting for achieving peace in our lives.
Tomoko, on behalf of YWCA of Japan