Jumbos from across disciplines and schools are joining in on the relief effort to aid Japan in its recovery from the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the country last Friday.
From selling bags of snacks in the Campus Center and holding a basketball fundraiser event in Lewis Hall to painting a “Support Japan” message on the cannon, Tufts undergrads are coming together for the cause. The Tufts Japanese Culture Club has pledged to raise $5,000 by the end of the semester to benefit the Red Cross relief fund for Japan.
Over at Fletcher, students have also been focused on aggregating crucial aid information through a crisis mapping software program called Ushahidi.
In addition, a recent update on Fletcher’s website promotes a T-shirt fundraiser run by students from Fletcher and other schools in the Boston area:
In response to the devistation in Japan, Japanese students in the greater Boston area, hailing from Fletcher, MIT, Harvard and Boston University have come together in an effort to help the victims of the earthquakes and tsunamis by launching “Action4JapanBoston.”
This new volunteer organization has created a donation campaign which kicks off on Tuesday, March 15 in The Fletcher School’s Hall of Flags. “Action4JapanBoston” T-shirts will be sold for $20 (supplemental donations can be made as well). All proceeds will be transferred to The American Red Cross (and then forwarded on to The Japanese Red Cross Society).
Shirts will be on sale in the Hall of Flags on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (from 10am-4pm) and on Friday (from 10am-1pm). Shirts will be delivered after the spring break concludes.
Your donations will help bring a measure of comfort to those who have lost nearly everything.
To read more about crisis mapping at Tufts, see this previous Jumble post.