World Vision workers in Japan are doing what they can to help out in the wake of the tragedy while staying clear of the radiation zones, says a spokesperson for the Christian humanitarian organization.
World Vision has had a Japan office since the late 1980s, but it had never been intended for something like this.
"We had a presence, we had staff in Japan when this disaster hit," says Amy Parodi, a media relations representative for World Vision. "Because Japan is a developed country, very high-functioning, quite wealthy, the office there is actually a lot more similar to our US office. It's more focused on fundraising to fund programs that we do in developing countries."
Fortunately, Parodi says, one of their top relief workers, Kenjiro Ban, lives in Tokyo.
"He's done relief responses in Sudan, in Kenya, in Indonesia, in Haiti," Parodi says. "This is what he does. He's leading the effort now in his own country, which I'm sure is somewhat of a shock for him."
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