The Interpreter’s Corner will not be featured on its regular weekly schedule for the next two and a half months.
Amya Miller has volunteered with a Boston based relief organization and left yesterday to go to the earthquake and tsunami ravaged area in Japan. She will try to chronicle what she is seeing and doing if she is able to but her primary goal is to be as of much help as she can to the people in these devastated towns in Japan in their time of need. Please keep Japan and her in your thoughts.
Below is an excerpt from an e-mail she me prior to leaving:
“I am writing today to let you know I will be traveling to Japan on March 30th to volunteer my time as an interpreter and liaison for a relief organization based in Boston. I will be working in Rikuzentakata and Ofunato, two towns essentially destroyed by the tsunamis. My plan is to be there until late May.
The organization I am going with is called All Hands Volunteers. You can find out more information about them at www.hands.org. Because they are a smaller organization, donations get to those in need sooner and less money is taken for overhead. I know many are looking for practical and tangible ways to donate. I encourage you to look into hands.org and if you feel comfortable with what they are doing, spread the word to others who are also looking to donate.
I won't mince words: I'm scared. I also know this is the right thing to do. I have a supportive family who is saying "go!" and for this, I am grateful.
With the media emphasis now on Libya, the news about the devastation in Japan is not as prominent. I'm disappointed by this and hope to be able to provide you with on-the-ground information whenever possible.
Please keep me in your thoughts. I look forward to the time when we can chat again.”
I wish Japan and Amya safety and all the very best,
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