Source: http://www.sueddeutsche.de/

By Von Christoph Neidhart, Osaka

They cool the reactors, catch radioactively contaminated water, lay cable, install measuring instruments: How in the atomic power station Fukushima 450 workers fight under extreme conditions and constant mortal danger against the super-region.

In the nuclear power plant Fukushima 1 450 men fight against the radioactivity, the heat, the cold and above all the time. And against the living conditions which resemble those of the Tsunami refugees in her isolated emergency shelters. The men receive only two scanty meals per day and sleep in the conference rooms and halls of the administration building of Fukushima on the ground. They cover with tarpaulins of lead to protect themselves against radioactivity.

Nuclear authority of Japan emptiest other evacuations–

The men cool the reactors and the fuel elements in the spent fuel storage bays, they catch radioactively contaminated water, they lay cable, and they install measuring instruments and pumps. This might still last possibly one month.

Over and over again the work must be interrupted because the radioactivity is too high and new Pfützen of highly radioactive water are discovered, last in the service tunnel under the turbine buildings. Tepco said on Wednesday which plans company to close down the blocks 1 to 4. One does not have the intention to repair them. Short time later cabinet speaker Yukio Edano corrected: Also the less broken blocks 5 and 6 would be given up. (more…)

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Beginning in March, OperationSAFE will start bringing smiles back to the children of Haiti who have suffered so much in the recent earthquake.  Children who have experienced trauma need more than just food, shelter and medicine – they need hugs, hope and help.

According to a recently released study of children affected by Hurricane Katrina published in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the estimated prevalence of serious emotional disturbances (SED) among residents of the affected areas was 14.9 percent. Of those, 9.3 percent of youths were believed to have SED that was directly attributable to Hurricane Katrina. Characteristics of SED include inappropriate behavior, depression, hyperactivity, eating disorders, fears and phobias, and learning difficulties for children younger than 18.

We are partnering with Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI), a community development non-profit organization that has long-term work in the mountain village of Mizak near Jacmel.  This video was made by one of their volunteers before the quake, of the village and the work they are doing in helping impoverished families start economically viable small businesses.

Since the disaster much of their focus has been on immediate needs and they are bringing in relief, medical and construction teams to help the community rebuild.  OperationSAFE will train and supply teams that will work alongside the medical component with the children, with the goal of rapidly passing on the ongoing trauma work to Haitian locals.

Teamwork

Already we have become a team of international proportions with Japanese, Chinese, American, Canadian, French and Haitians helping.  Materials are being translated into French/Creole, and posters, storyboards and character medallions are being produced to help children remember the important lessons they will learn.  Games, songs and crafts all need to be localized and leaders need to be trained.  We are bringing in our best trainers from China, where they have been using the material for two years with children who suffered trauma in the Great Sichuan Earthquake.

Although we will not be able to accept volunteers at this time to go to Haiti, we still need your help on this team as well.  We have a very short time to prepare everything needed for the camp beforehand – nothing will be available locally in Haiti.  We also have little time to raise money before we start training in late February.

  1. Your generous donation today will help us bring Haitian children their smiles back,
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  3. You can add your comment to this post to send your encouragement to the children in Haiti.
  4. You can partner with OperationSAFE — donate your passion and creativity!

With your help Haitian children will know “I am not alone”!

Thank you,

Jonathan Wilson

OpSAFE International

OperationSAFE

http://opsafeintl.com

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Charity – Water

On September 19, 2009, in General, by PM100
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Our planet is 70% water.97.5% of that is saltwater.
This means only 2.5% is available for the 6 billion people on the planet today.

Right now, 1.1 billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. That’s one in six of us.

Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all sickness and disease, and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Many people in the developing world, usually women and children, walk more than three hours every day to fetch water that is likely to make them sick. Those hours are crucial, preventing many from working or attending school. Additionally, collecting water puts them at greater risk of sexual harassment and assault. Children are especially vulnerable to the consequences of unsafe water.  Of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation, 90% are children under 5 years old.

Get involved and learn how you can help – join
Charity: Water –  a non profit organization bringing clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations
:
http://www.charitywater.org

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