Let Hummingbird Hearts and Wings Beat for Japan
I sit at my window this morning where the world like a passer-by stops for a moment, nods to me and goes ~
( 16 Stray Birds ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)
The world has kissed my soul with its pain, asking for its return in songs.
( 167 Stray Birds ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)
My heart beats her waves at the shore of the world and writes upon it her signature in tears with the words, "I love thee."
(Stray Birds 29 ~ Rabinadrath Tagore)
For More Beautiful images and words from Haiku My Heart Friday Go to Recuerda Mi Corazon. We are an inclusive community who are currently involved in helping with AID to Japan.
About the Photographer:
Alfredo Sanchez hails from Irapuato, Mexico. He generously offered to share his astonishingly beautiful photos when he heard that we were raising funds for the people of Japan. You can find these and other photos of his at the following link http://1x.com/v2/#?action=profile&u=37875&show=1, or click on any of the actual photos or titles and you will be directed to his site at 1x.com. Thank you Alfredo Sanchez. We are deeply grateful!
Mission To Help Bring AID and Comfort To Japan:
The Aquatic Angels is a fundraising team that has formed online in an effort to help the wonderful and deserving people of Japan who need our mercy, compassion and care. We are giving you the opportunity to Join Us in Offering the Japanese People, who have faced the disaster of both Earthquake and Tsunami ~ Shelter, Comfort, Warmth and a Chance at Human Dignity in the Face of True Disaster. If you would like to help our team, Aquatic Angels,~ simply Sponsor us, by clicking on any one of the colored links in the poems above or the team name link in this paragraph or any of the “shelter colored links. In addition, there is a ShelterBoxUSA Logo at the bottom of my blogsite page. It says “ShelterBoxUSA” and Aquatic Angels Team. You may click on the Logo as well.
Clicking will take you to a page for ShelterBoxusa.org where you may donate whatever you can afford to help us in our goal to purchase a Second Shelterbox for $1,000 dollars (the cost of one box). We are deeply grateful to those who have helped us reach our first goal. We raised $1,000 and were able to send off our first Box thanks to the generosity and compassion of loving hearts! Arigatou gozaimasu! Each ShelterBox can provide Shelter, comfort, warmth, survival and dignity for an extended family of 10 people! We want to continue to offer hope to children and families who currently do not see a brighter tomorrow! Thank you for your kindness and compassion.
So that you know exactly where your resources are going, here is a 5 min. film explaining the ShelterBox concept and what you are actually contributing to when you give to this organization.
The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) operating in Japan is continuing its work in the Iwate Prefecture, one of the areas worst affected by the tsunami.
The team has been based in and around Rikuzentakata and Ofinato, two towns which were hit by the full fury of the tsunami. In Rikuzentakata, according to the latest reports, more than 80% of the 8,000 households have been swept away. The town was well prepared against earthquakes and tsunamis but its 6.5 metre high seawall could do nothing to stop the force of the wave.
The number of casualties from the disaster continues to rise and the latest figures from OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) say that there have been 8,649 confirmed deaths and a further 13,262 people missing. Close to 350,000 people are living in emergency evacuation centres throughout the country.
OCHA adds that the most vulnerable groups currently living in the evacuation centres are beginning to suffer from the psychological toll of having spent ten nights in a communal centre, in freezing temperatures, having lost everything in the disaster.
Mayors from the Prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima have highlighted their priority needs as being fuel, temporary shelters, food and medicine.
This is the scene from Ofinato, ten days after the tsunami struck the town. Photograph: Lasse Petersen