On-going Disaster in Japan : Request for Funds
As Toshio says in his letter, which appears below, the situation in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami continues to unfold. The scope of this disaster is not like any other. -- JoAnn Culbert Koehn
I write to you as chair of the IAAP fundraising committee. We have received a letter from Toshio Kawai, vice president of AJAJ, chair of the working committee for earthquake victims, asking IAAP members to financially support the psychological relief work being planned by AJAJ and the Japanese Sandplay Association. As Toshio says in his letter, which appears below, the situation in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami continues to unfold. The scope of this disaster is not like any other.
Recently the staff of the Sandplay Association made a preliminary research, finding that there are 11,620 dead and 16,464 missing people. The total makes more than 28,000 and the number increases every day. More than 50,000 houses are lost. About 170,000 people are refugees. We do not know the exact number of orphans but according to a newspaper, it is estimated to be more than 500.
As a first hand story, Toshio wrote that a colleague’s mother-in-law barely escaped the tsunami and returned to her home afterward to find it full of water and floating corpses. Toshio wrote further that one of the totally destroyed cities “Rikuzen-Takada” city had a population of 23,164 but 1032 were killed and 1278 are missing. Worse than a war!
The AJAJ and the Sandplay Association are aware that psychological relief work is needed now, and will be needed for a long time. They are hoping to coordinate with other agencies and offer a Jungian approach, which would include work with images like those from paintings and sandplay. This kind of nonverbal intervention was especially noninvasive and helpful with earthquake victims in northern China who had lost parents and family members. Sandplay was also very helpful for children in New York City who were traumatized by the events of 9/11.
Another creative idea is to set up support groups to help other professionals working with earthquake victims – this might include teachers, nurses, firemen and other caretakers.
I hope you will join me in helping our colleagues in Japan help those who are suffering.
Donations can be made through several channels:
For tax free donations from the U.S.:
The Foundation C. G. Jung Institutes for Alumni, Supporters, and Friends is a tax exempt organization that was established so that donations can be made directly through the internet using a secure PayPal service. If you do not have a PayPal account, you can make your donation using your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover) or bank account. Donors who are U.S. taxpayers will be provided with receipts documenting the amount contributed and the Foundation's non-profit status.
Tax free donations to Japanese Disaster Relief Work can be made by checks payable to the "Foundation C.G. Jung Institutes of North America" and mailed to:
Gregory Dray, President/Treasurer
Foundation C. G. Jung Institutes for Alumni, Supporters, and Friends
675 Biltmore Avenue, Suite E
Asheville, North Carolina 28803
For donations directly through IAAP:
IAAP members from outside the United States are requested to send donations directly to the IAAP Secretariat either by check or by credit card.
1) If paying by credit card, use the following fax : +41 44 272 96 06; if needed, write for details by contacting Yvonne Trüeb by e-mail at:
Please state clearly that this is a donation for the Japan Disaster Relief Project.
2) If paying by post with a check, use this addresss:
Yvonne Trüeb, IAAP Secretariat
Postfach 115, Zürich
3) For direct bank wire transfers to the IAAP, please include a mention of the purpose (Japan Disaster Relief Project) along with IAAP bank details:
UBS Union Bank of Switzerland, CH-8098 Zürich
Swift code: UBSWCHZH80A
Holder: International Association for Analytical Psychology
CHF account: 0206 P0 332 597 0 IBAN: CH46 0020 6206 P0 332 597 0
USD account: 0206 P0 332 597 1 IBAN: CH19 0020 6206 P0 332 597 1
EUR account: 0206 DP14 6874 0 IBAN: CH20 0020 6206 DP14 6874 0
If you have any questions, you can email me directly.
Chair, Fund-Raising Subcommittee of the IAAP Executive Committee