Humanitarian Relief Agencies


Below are organizations we believe use money well and quickly in times of emergency as well as during calmer times. Please support them if you are able.
Catholic Relief Services

 Red Cross 

Places in need of your support below.

Ways to Help Those Suffering in Nepal after the Earthquake:

The morning of April 25, a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal near Kathmandu also affecting nearby parts of India. Avalanches were reported in the Himalayas, including on Mount Everest ( The earthquake was followed by many powerful aftershocks and a new earthquake (6.7) hit Nepal on Sunday April 26,  leaving a trail of death, injury and massive destruction in its wake. Death tolls are estimated at more than 4,000 people with thousands more injured and left homeless. Below are organizations who are committed to humanitarian relief in the area and provide avenues to donate to the effort:

1) Catholic Relief Services has made an initial commitment of $825,000 to relief efforts in Nepal, a figure that is expected to rise as the needs become clearer. CRS provides several updates about how they are responding to the disaster, as well as multiple ways to donate to their cause:

2) Your donation will help the Jesuit Relief Services provide immediate emergency aid and long-term assistance to the most vulnerable persons in some of the worst hit areas after the earthquake in Nepal. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. If you wish to make a donation, please fill out the form below.

By Mail:
Make notation that the donation is for Nepal Earthquake Relief
Checks made payable to: Jesuit International Missions
2050 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

By Wire Transfer:
Jesuit International Missions
North Shore Community Bank
Routing number: 071-925-444
Account number: 635002-6373

3) The Red Cross has committed an initial $300,000 of aid as well as 19,000 non-food relief kits which include clothes, kitchen sets, tarpaulins and mosquito nets. “… People will need considerable support including food, water, medical care and emergency shelter,” said Jagan Chapagain, the director for the International Federation of Red Cross Asia-Pacific said on Sunday via the organization’s website. To donate to their Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund visit:

4) Oxfam, which works in more than 90 countries, has already dispatched technical experts from the U.K. to Nepal and sent a China-based team to assess humanitarian needs in Tibet, where the quake also struck. Nepal country director Cecilia Keizer stated that Oxfam was “preparing to help provide clean water and emergency food.” To make your donation to Oxfam’s relief effort, go here:

5) Global Giving, an online fund-raising platform, is running a project to raise $1,000,000 for disaster relief in Nepal. To make a donation, visit them here. If you have a U.S. cell phone, you can text GIVE NEPAL to 80088 to make a $10 donation:


CRS Prayer for the people of Nepal:

Loving God,

We pray for all those affected by the earthquake in Nepal as we offer the words of the psalmist, “Be strong and take heart, all who hope in the Lord” (Psalm 31:25).

May those who are paralyzed by fear …
Be strong and take heart

May those who have lost or are still searching for loved ones …
Be strong and take heart

May those who remain trapped under rubble …
Be strong and take heart

May those rescue workers who provide relief and recovery …
Be strong and take heart

May those who are moved with compassion to help …
Be strong and take heart

God, whose love knows no bounds,
fill all those who suffer with your comfort and peace.
We ask all this through Christ, our Lord. Amen

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The Ignatian Solidarity Network has some educational resources:

Catholic Relief Services provides several updates about how they are responding to the disaster, as well as multiple ways to donate to their cause:

Creighton University Responds to the Emergency Situations in Japan

If donors wish to support the emergency response, they can donate to Catholic Relief Services who will direct the funds to Caritas Japan, the social service arm of the Church that responds with food and other assistance. CRS will assist Caritas Japan with financial resources as well as expertise if requested.


Update on Japan

REPORT FROM the Provincial of JAPAN

First of all, let me express my appreciation for the many messages of condolence and encouragement we have received from around the world. You are surely aware of the enormity of the these catastrophic days in Japan, beginning with a 9.0 magnitude earthquake, followed quickly by colossal tsunami, and crippling the nuclear power plant that supplies a large portion of electric power to the Tokyo metropolis. Myriad aftershocks are felt daily.     While we pray for the thousands of victims and their families and other thousands who lost their homes or who have to evacuate the nuclear reactor vicinity, we can report that our own Jesuit men and their works were not seriously affected, as we have no presence north of Tokyo. We have heard no reports from the Sendai Diocese. There are many Catholic facilities in that diocese but most of these are inland from the shore.     Our Tokyo and Kamakura houses and schools experienced violent shaking but no irreparable damage. Several statues fell, losing an arm or a head. The cross at the pinnacle of the tower of St Ignatius Church in central Tokyo was wrenched from its moorings and hangs menacingly upside down held only at its base. The area below the tower has been cordoned off.     In order to reduce the use of electric power, all the areas surrounding central Tokyo will be on limited power outage for several hours each day. The number of trains carrying thousands of people into Tokyo every day has been drastically reduced and, despite official pleas to remain at home, most workplaces in Tokyo will surely do their best to remain open, thus putting pressure on employees to use available means of transport.     We are being warned that there may be further seismic activity during weeks and months to come. Some of this may affect the metropolitan area more directly. We hope for the best but prepare for the worst.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

Kajiyama Yoshio, SJ
Provincial of Japan
March 14, 2011