Now it is time for the world to help the people and families of Japan and give them hope and strength to help rebuild their country.
- Red Cross. The Red Cross has called up several groups of volunteers and has disaster relief stations in affected regions. You can help immediately by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.
- The Salvation Army. You can text the word "JAPAN" or "QUAKE" to 80888 to make a $10 donation to support the Salvation Army's relief efforts.
- Global Giving. Donate to the Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami. You can also Text JAPAN to 50555 to give $10.
- Save the Children's Emergency Fund. Save the Children is mobilizing its global resources to respond to the needs of children and families affected by the earthquake and its aftermath, and an international emergency team has been dispatched to assist staff in Japan.
- Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is sending teams to the Iwate and Miyagi prefectures in Japan. The teams will focus on the particular needs of more vulnerable populations, including elderly people and young children, as well as people suffering from chronic illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.
1: Using a square piece of paper, 2: place with the pattern side down. 3: Fold on the diagonal into a large triangle. 4: Fold in half again into a smaller triangle. 5-7: On the corner where two acute-angled corners are laid on top of one another, lift the top one up, "open" it from the inside and flatten into a square. The right-angle corners should all meet. 8-10: Turn it over and do the same to the other acute-angled corner. 11-14: Next fold the four flaps in evenly to meet at the center, so it looks like a kite shape (two flaps on the top, flip over and two on the bottom). 15-17: Fold the top of the "kite" down to make a crease and open it all back to a square. 18-19: Using both hands, with all the four right-angled corners facing you, lift the top-most corner up and "open" and flatten into a skinny diamond shape. 20-22: Turn over and do the same to the other side. 23-27: Where the diamond has a gap in the middle, fold the four flaps in towards the center again, towards the gap, to make a skinnier kite-shape (two flaps on the top, flip over and two on the bottom). 28-32: Fold the one "leg" up and into itself, you need to open it up a little and basically make this and make this "inside-out". This is to make the neck and tail, so it needs to be in between the wings. Do the same for the other "leg". 33-34: Next, in the same way, aout 1/2" from the tip, do a reverse-fold on one side to make the head. 35: Gently pull the wings apart to open it up. 36: You can pull on the tail to make the crane flap its wings.