This post is very different from anything else you will see in Photographer's Diary. Due to the urgency of the situation in Japan, I hope you will read this in its entirety.
The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, one of the world's most respected Buddhist disaster relief organizations, is rushing blankets and rice directly to disaster victims in Japan.
Tzu Chi has a sterling record of making certain donations go directly to relief efforts. Their work in Haiti during the 2010 earthquake is but one example of their effectiveness. For a progress report on Tzu Chi's efforts in Japan:
If you would like to give a donation to the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation's efforts in Japan, please go to their website: