Statement on Emergency Response in Japan | Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

March 28, 2011
Statement on Emergency Response in Japan
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Phone: +1.206.709.3400

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s thoughts are with the people of Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

On March 23, 2011, the foundation provided a $1 million grant to Mercy Corps to provide emergency response to earthquake and tsunami-affected communities.

Mercy Corps has been working with its longstanding partner in Japan, Peace Winds, which responded within hours of the disaster. Peace Winds was able to get emergency supplies — including large shelters, tents, blankets, instant rice, and fresh produce —  to families in devastated areas. It continues to expand the scope of its emergency services at the community level.

While the emergency in Japan falls outside the typical scope of the foundation’s Emergency Response grantmaking, the magnitude of the crisis called for a response.

The foundation will continue to monitor the situation.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

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