A Canadian man sent one tweet offering free accommodation to Japanese citizens seeking refuge from multiple disasters. Dozens of people have followed suit thanks to Accommodate Japan. Now, the messages needs to reach the Japanese.
By David Malysheff, Accommodate Japan
The nation of Japan faces an unprecedented crisis. Hundreds of thousands of Japanese citizens have been forced from their homes, first by earthquake, then tsunami and now nuclear disaster.
On Wednesday, March 16, I posted a message on the social network Twitter offering my spare bedroom to house at least two survivors of the disaster. At the same time I suggested that others do the same, not only here in Victoria, British Columbia but around the world. Since then, numerous Victorians have contacted me offering their homes as well.
Financial aid alone will not be enough to help the people of Japan — accommodation will be an absolutely vital part of the aid package. I believe we need to a global list of open-hearted citizens willing to share their homes with those displaced by the crisis in Japan.
To achieve that end we have created the Facebook page Accommodate Japan as a virtual meeting place where those in need of shelter can find places to stay. If you or anyone you know can provide temporary shelter to Japanese citizens in need please post your contact details on the site.
For those of you in touch with loved ones at home in Japan, please direct them and the people they know to the page so we can help find them a place to be comfortable and safe.
In times of crisis we must pull together and extend any and all of the help we can. Open your hearts and your homes and help us accommodate Japan.
Please join our Facebook group and spread the word to those in Japan who you might know who may need help. We are ready to open our homes and our hearts to you. We are one world, one community, one circle of friends.
About David Malysheff
David Malysheff has over 25 years of extensive television production experience in film and HDTV broadcast video formats, and is a Director of Photography for Gamut Productions in Victoria, BC Canada.
“Japanese parent and child bundle in an emergency blanket after the disaster.” Courtesy of www.care2.net