As reported in the UK Daily Mail:
Sitting silent in their classroom, the 30 children whose parents have not come to collect them after tsunami swept away their town
Even amid the carnage and despair of Japan's tsunami victims, the plight of the 30 children at Kama Elementary School is heartbreaking.
They sit quietly in the corner of a third-floor classroom where they have waited each day since the tsunami swept into the town of Ishinomaki for their parents to collect them. So far, no one has come and few at the school now believe they will.
Teachers think that some of the boys and girls, aged between eight and 12, know their fathers and mothers are among the missing and will never again turn up at the gates of the school on the eastern outskirts of the town, but they are saying nothing.
Instead, they wait patiently reading books or playing card games watched over by relatives and teachers, who prevent anyone from speaking to them.
Officials fear that even the sound of the door sliding back might raise false hope that a parent has come to collect them. Their silence is in marked contrast to other children playing in the corridors of the four-story building, whose parents survived due to a complete fluke.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1366898/Japan-tsunami-earthquake-30-children-sit-silent-classroom-parents-vanish.html#ixzz1H51lGHplBut for the grace of God go we.
Americans can do our small share to help the people of Japan at this devastating time. A contribution to a trustworthy organization is a good way to start.
You can check on charitable organizations to make sure they are reputable at Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator has a link to help us make informed decisions before we donate to the Japan crisis and a list of organizations to consider. Go to Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: How To Help.
Here are three suggestions:
or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone
Your gift to the American Red Cross will support our disaster relief efforts to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific. On those rare occasions when donations exceed American Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions are used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.
Samaritan’s Purse is delivering emergency relief supplies, including heavy-duty plastic shelter materials, blankets, water, hygiene items, and first aid kits, to survivors of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern coast. People interested in helping fill a pallet for an upcoming airlift can call (800) 528-1980.
Japan Relief 13953
At the very least, we must remember Japan in our prayers.