March 14, 2011 Cologne. On the wake of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami which ravaged Japan on March 11, Malteser International, the relief service of the Order of Malta for worldwide humanitarian aid, is in close contact with its partners in the country – the Jesuits, the Franciscans and Tokyo’s Catholic University. Via local partners – like catholic parishes - Malteser International will provide support. “We would like to show our solidarity with the Japanese people,” says Malteser International Secretary General Ingo Radtke. He assumes that neither additional staff nor relief goods will have to be sent from here to the crisis region. “We will provide second-phase assistance, for example in the early recovery phase and in the rehabilitation of affected communities”, Radtke points out.
Malteser International has provided €25,000 from its emergency relief fund for emergency aid in Japan, adding to the €50,000 already made available by Caritas International.
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Reference: Disasters Japan
Malteser International is the worldwide relief agency of the Sovereign Order of Malta for humanitarian aid. The organisation provides aid in about 200 projects in more than 20 countries without distinction of religion, race or political persuasion. Christian values and the humanitarian principles of impartiality and independence are the foundation of its work. For further information: www.malteser-international.org and www.orderofmalta.org