Fukushima Kids: please help!

Yesterday I listened to a podcast on the Fairewinds Web site. It’s about a Japanese mother who is helping Japanese children living under the fallout of the Fukushima nuclear accident – helping them in a very loving & also intensely practical way.

She’s working to take children to Hawaii (where she moved with her family after the nuclear accident) so they can get out from under the ongoing fallout, at least for a good chunk of time.

What a great project!!

The podcast is here

It’s only 14 minutes long, so I’m sure you’ve got time to watch it!

Please watch, then please very quickly make a donation to this initiative.

I’m making a substantial donation myself, so I’m not asking anyone to do anything I’m not prepared to do myself!

As the old saying goes, Actions Speak Louder Than Words.


p.s. Arnie Gundersen is a hero of mine, as this posting ‘Arnie for Man of the Year’ clearly indicates! This man has done (& continues to do) so much since the Fukushima accident – practical, feet-on-the-ground work & information-sharing – he has more than earned the designation, in my view. I highly recommend his Web site – where you can sign up for emails/newsletters/podcasts.

p.p.s. another item on his site that is of utter relevance regarding the children of Fukushima/Japan.

p.p.p.s. A friend & I attended the mind-blowing March 11&12/13 Helen Caldicott symposium in New York City held to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident (good summary of it here & a posting called ‘Fukushima: Making it Personal’ here). Incredible line-up of expert speakers – many MD’s, many Ph.D’s. We learned plenty about both the Chernobyl & Fukushima nuclear accidents. You can hear all of it! Just go here 

‘Quote of the day’ with this post: “Chernobyl is a word we would all like to erase from our memory. But more than seven million of our fellow human beings do not have the luxury of forgetting. They are still suffering, every day, as a result of what happened…The exact number of victims can never be known.” – former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [lots of other great nuke-related quotations here]

Couple more quotations:

“True Charity:  C.S. Lewis didn’t talk about percentage giving. He said the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. Our charities should pinch and hamper us. If we live at the same level of affluence as other people who have our level of income, we are probably giving away too little. Obstacles to charity include greed for luxurious living, greed for money itself, fear of financial insecurity, and showy pride.” ~ KathrynAnn Lindskoog

“It is one of the beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“In helping others we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards

“A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” – Henrik Ibsen

“One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.” – Henry David Thoreau