Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends in Japan and everybody there dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake and whatever problems are yet to come. This article from Forbes gives some suggestions on how to donate and how to avoid online donation scams that often sadly follow natural disasters.
From the Forbes blog post:
The American Red Cross has already added “Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami” as one of the choices for online donations at www.redcross.org. Gifts will support disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and the tsunami throughout the Pacific. Alternatively, you can simply make a $10 donation by texting REDCROSS to 90999. The Japanese Red Cross has already mobilized eleven teams to heavily-damaged communities to provide assessments, first aid, and emotional support and relief.
The Salvation Army is also accepting text donations. Text the word Japan to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support its relief efforts. The Salvation Army says it is sending a team to Sendai, the most heavily damaged city, tonight and tomorrow will start providing basic necessities.
For more ways to donate by mobile phone, click here.
For those interested in Toyota's operations, reports on Friday said all assembly plants were functioning, but new reports say that the company will shut down facilities in Japan on Monday to evaluate impacts on their suppliers and supply chain.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda statement (“With life the number-one priority, we want to do all we can to contribute to the relief efforts.”)
Please help, if you can, by donating to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, or your favorite trusted charity.
Relief efforts are still ongoing from last year's Haiti earthquake and they could still use your support, as highlighted in our Lean for Haiti fundraising project.
Similar pages from within the Lean community:
- Post including ways you can help from Shmula (Pete Abilla)
- Appear for help at Lean Six Sigma Academy
- Appeal for support from Lean Pathways, Inc.
As Pascal Dennis and Al Norval wrote on their page:
The Lean movement owes much of its roots to Toyota and to the Japanese people. Lean and Japan have always had a special bond.
As we were taught, Lean is based on a few key principles:
– Respect for Humanity
– Elimination of Waste
– Continuous Improvement
So, yes, the Lean community should show its support for Japan in these difficult times.
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