Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The devastation Japan has suffered and continues to suffer in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami a week ago represents the largest natural disaster the nation has experienced since 1945, and the unfolding nuclear plant trouble in Fukushima continues to be of great concern not only to the people in the immediate surrounding area but those who live far beyond the area. The crisis level has been elevated to 5, the same level as the Three Mile Island nuclear accident -- Chernobyl was rated 7. Over 7,000 people have been confirmed dead and more than 10,000 people are still unaccounted for. More than 400,000 persons are living in disaster shelters, many of them without electricity and very limited access to food, water, medicine, and other basic necessities. All of this reminds us of the fragility of life against natural disasters of such magnitude, as well as the dangers that our technology or its failure poses. The MIIS community has shown tremendous support and sympathy to the affected people in Japan, not only Japanese citizens but also citizens of many other countries. Your support for this fundraising drive is deeply appreciated. You can make a huge difference for a man who has lost all of his family members to tsunami, for a child who has lost both of his parents, for a grandmother who is unable to move out of the senior citizens' home she is in, now inaccessible for the rescuers, and a doctor whose medical supply has all been washed away by tsunami. PLEASE GIVE.