Despite news reports of countries encouraging their citizens to leave Japan because of escalating concerns over radiation, Convoy of Hope is pressing forward with plans to deliver emergency supplies to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
In addition to funds already wired by Convoy of Hope to in-country partners for the purchase of emergency rations, Convoy of Hope is in the process of shipping a 40-foot-long container from the Philippines loaded with more than 50,000 meals, dried fruit, powdered milk, water, and sanitary and cooking supplies.
“This is a desperate situation and because of our on-going feeding initiatives in the Philippines we are able to ship food and resources to the people of Japan much faster,” says Nick Wiersma, disaster response community service director for Convoy of Hope, who is spearheading the shipment from Manila. “This is our first shipment, but it won’t be our last.”
Along with radiation worries, snow and freezing temperatures are compounding the misery for tens of thousands of homeless people already enduring food and water shortages. Convoy of Hope’s shipment includes gloves for those whose belongings were swept away by the tsunami.
Convoy of Hope’s network of partners in Japan will distribute the items to evacuation shelters and national churches that will quickly get them into the hands of suffering people.