At a private reception under the invitation of Japan’s Foreign Minister in Tokyo last night, Chief Executive Hassan Ahmad briefed Minister Takeaki Matsumoto on Mercy Relief’s (MR) earthquake and tsunami aid efforts in Japan.  The Singapore-born humanitarian relief and development organisation has deployed 7 relief teams to the Tohoku region since three days after the disasters.  It has committed and personally delivered over 180 tonnes of relief supplies to the 2 worst-affected Tohoku prefectures of Miyagi and Iwate.  Some $2.2 million from the $2.5million of donations received by MR have been spent to address the basic needs of the survivors at several evacuation centres.

CE Hassan also met with Prime Minister Naoto Kan at the reception and shared with the Japanese leader on how privileged MR was to be working alongside the valiant Japanese men and women, both civilian and military, over the last two months.

CE Hassan said, ““During the initial 3 weeks or the acute phase, MR focused on the basic survival needs of the victims such as food and water.  Blankets were also crucial as temperatures dipped below zero degrees Celsius.  Thereafter, the emphasis was on addressing the wellness of the victims including hygiene essentials and nutritional requirements.  Minister Matsumoto expressed his deep appreciation to MR and our donors for the contributions to and concern for the well-being of the Japanese people.””

Minister Matsumoto addressing the guests and expressing Japan’s gratitude.   

CE Hassan updating Minister Matsumoto on Mercy Relief’’s efforts in Tohoku.

About Mercy Relief

Mercy Relief is a Singaporean humanitarian organisation which engages in both disaster relief and sustainable development programmes. It was established in 2003 as an independent non-governmental humanitarian charity responding to the human tragedies in Asia. Mercy Relief’s aid programme focuses on providing timely and effective assistance to disaster-stricken communities and has maintained the delivery of emergency aid within 72 hours from the point of appeal for assistance.  

In the past 12 years, Mercy Relief has disbursed over S$32 million in aid across 40 disaster relief and 53 sustainable development initiatives. Mercy Relief has impacted an aggregate of 2 million lives in 24 countries and areas, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal,  Pakistan, Palestine, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

For more information, you may call us at 6514 6322 or email corporateaffairs@mercyrelief.org

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