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One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

Accountability Lab is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

In April of 2015, twin earthquakes in Nepal killed over 8,000 people and displaced almost 3 million more. Accountability Lab and Local Interventions Group mobilized our youth networks into what we called Mobile Citizen Helpdesks. These helpdesks of 5 to 10 volunteers worked with communities across the 14 worst affected districts to gather immediate feedback from victims on the relief efforts, and close the loop on the disaster response.

Announcing 100% Matching for Nepal Earthquake Recovery Projects

Announcing 100% Matching for Nepal Earthquake Recovery Projects

At the one year anniversary of major disasters, GlobalGiving supports the fundraising efforts of our partners who are committed to ongoing recovery and rebuilding. On April 25, 2016, GlobalGiving will be matching donations at 100% to projects that have been providing relief after the devastating 9.0 earthquake that hit Nepal last April.

Sign up for the 9:00 am EDT (14:00 pm BST), March 30th webinar to learn more: Registration Link.

The Nepal earthquake anniversary campaign starts on globalgiving.org and globagiving.co.uk on April 25th at 9:00 am EDT (14:00 pm BST), and it will last until funds run out or June 30th, whichever comes first.

Here is the criteria for a donation to get matched (full terms and conditions will be available on the leaderboard when it’s live):

Announcing the 2nd Anniversary Typhoon Haiyan Matching Campaign

Announcing the 2nd Anniversary Typhoon Haiyan Matching Campaign

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) caused catastrophic damage and devastated many lives, affecting more than 12 million people. On the first anniversary of the Typhoon, GlobalGiving offered a 100% match for all donations to projects promoting long-term recovery in the Philippines. Partners like you raised more than $100,000 from more than 400 donors!

We would like to announce the 2nd anniversary matching campaign to support your recovery and rebuilding efforts from the typhoon, because as we know, disasters don’t end when the news stops. Mark your calendars and notify your donors: the 100% match campaign starts on globalgiving.org and  globagiving.co.uk on November 5th at 20:00:01 ET, and it will last until funds run out. Find out what time it starts where you are here.

Here are the criteria for a donation to get matched (see full terms and conditions below):

  • Projects must be Typhoon Haiyan relief and/or rebuilding focused, based in the Philippines.
  • On November 3, 2015, check the leaderboard on globalgiving.org and/or globalgiving.co.uk to make sure your project is on it. If not, please notify our team at projecthelp@globalgiving.org.
  • Only donations made online are eligible for matching. This includes donations made by credit/debit card, PayPal, and GlobalGiving gift card. For donations through globalgiving.co.uk, CAF online donations will also be eligible.
  • Donations up to $1,000 per donor per organization will be matched while funds last on GlobalGiving.org. Donations up to £600 per donor per organization on globalgiving.co.uk will be matched while funds last.
  • If matching funds run out, donations will no longer be matched. Please note that matching funds on GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk can run out at different times. You should check each leaderboard to view the available matching.
  • Donations on corporate platforms, on JustGiving, or donations by check will not be matched on either platform.

Here are the key differences to note:

Tohoku Stories: A Year in Review of the Japan Storytelling Project

We continue our series on story-centered learning with an update on our efforts to hear from those affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.


We wanted to understand how people and organizations tried to help communities in Tohoku since the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. From July 2013 to present (December 2014) we have collected over 2,000 stories from individuals about the activities that people engaged in following the disaster in Tohoku, Japan. These stories are being collected in order to further support local organizations that continue to provide needed assistance to the affected areas. The project is administered by the Israeli-based NGO IsraAid (IA) and its Japanese affiliate the Japan IsraAid Support Program (JISP).

The storytelling team held workshops at over 20 schools and universities. After, participants conducted interviews among themselves or completed paper forms. The storytelling team also volunteered in everything from debris removal to being a camp counselor for children. Participating in volunteer activities enabled the scribe to earn trust. Volunteering together with people in the disaster region, the Storytelling Project both assists people in the disaster region and collects information about how to assist them further. Please read the translated blog about some of their activities: ameblo.jp/japanstorytelling. They also have a Facebook page with routine updates about their activities: www.facebook.com/jpstorytell. As a reward for participation, respondents were given a cute bendable pen.

The stories discuss 803 different organizations/people. Individual people and local organizations accounted for the majority (55%) of efforts captured in stories. Here is a word cloud of everything discussed. These words are translated from Japanese:

Further analysis using GlobalGiving’s tools on storylearning.org revealed 10 themes: mental health activities, children’s activities, community center activities, temporary housing activities, school based projects, radiation concerns, disaster stories, volunteer activities, internet-based activities, fundraising, and donations.

Using these themes and others, Prof. Takehiko Ito of Wako University and the Japan Storytelling Project director, Keith Goldstein, are preparing a publication for the March 2015 International Society of Life Information Science Conference in Tokyo. The paper is entitled: “Tohoku Stories: Identifying Happy Themes of Disaster Relief”.

We gathered lessons from many perspectives to create a multi-faceted view of the disaster recovery.


  • The majority of activities are organized by a small circle of staff and large circle of volunteers. Organizations are primarily based in Tokyo or Tohoku. Often staff in Tohoku are originally from Tokyo, Kansai, and other regions.
  • Organizations that continue to be effective succeed by collaborating with other organizations. Collaboration with pro-bono legal teams is especially important, as foreign fundraising has exponentially decreased and domestic support is contingent on bureaucratic regulations.


  • Many people from outside Tohoku (especially from Tokyo) would like to participate in future volunteer activities but lack information on where to volunteer and what they can do.
  • Volunteers often spend their personal expenses to make trips to Tohoku, which cost about 30,000 yen ($300) per weekend. More support is needed to alleviate these personal costs to enable them to volunteer more.

Recipients of aid:

  • Greater advocacy and lobbying work is needed to represent the interests of locals who feel that government policy is not working in their best interests. Current construction projects and future initiatives to rebuild often contradict the wishes of local residents (sea walls, community centers, etc.)
  • More long-term projects in education, economic development, and psycho-social support are needed. A large number of projects ceased working after the first year. Many organizations burned through funding that was slated on a yearly basis with the hope of getting a renewal. After 3 years the majority of programs were discontinued.


  • Support for the elderly is one of the most pressing needs in Tohoku at the moment. Temporary housing units are populated primarily by elderly, whose physical, mental, and emotional conditions are quickly deteriorating.
  • Discrimination is a big problem felt by residents of Fukushima. People don’t want to visit Fukushima, buy products from there, or have relationships with people from there. Local residents feel this is unfair, as there are radiation checks and other neighboring prefectures are often equally affected. While internal solidarity is expressed by locals, subliminal comments hint at high levels of anxiety and growing frustration. Numerous mentions of suicide by local farmers and others were discussed.

See for yourself:

http://storylearning.org/c/s?group_range=307 (Note that because this form was translated from Japanese and uses slightly modified questions, not all story analysis tools on storylearning.org will work with this data set.)

Tell us a story:

In order to further facilitate data collection, the storytelling team also developed a DIY survey.

Have you heard about an interesting project that helps people in Tohoku? If so, please fill out this short online 3 minute questionnaire to tell us about activities that you know about: http://www.basileis.org.


We at GlobalGiving believe that effective disaster relief begins by hearing from the people most affected by the earthquake, flood, storm, civil war, or other catastrophic event directly. We are grateful to IsraAid for their effort to help the people of Japan speak, and hopeful that all future disaster recovery efforts will include a mechanism for voices from the ground to inform what happens.

We are hosting the 2nd Japan Matching Campaign! March 1-15th

GlobalGiving is excited to host the Second Japan Matching Campaign running March 1st – 15th!  Starting at 12:01 am EDT on March 1st (14:01 pm JST on March 1st) GlobalGiving will match online donations at 100% made to projects that are related to earthquake and tsunami recovery activities in Tohoku, Japan.   In the memory of 2nd anniversary of Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, GlobalGiving will match online donations at 200% on  March 10th, 2013 from 11:00:01 PM EDT (March 11th, 00:00:01 PM JST) to March 11th, 2013 23:59:59 PM EDT (March 12th, 12:59:59 PM JST).  Qualifying organizations will receive an email from GlobalGiving with more information about participating. If you are working in the Tohoku region and have not received an invitation to participate, contact Mari Seto at mseto@globalgiving.orgLook up in Salesforce.

  • All donations will be matched 100%, EXCEPT ON 3.11, where donations will be matched 200%

What are the terms for the Matching Campaign?

Terms and Conditions

  • The Japan Matching Campaign will run from March 1, 2013 00:00:01 AM EDT to March 15, 2013 23:59:59 PM EST / (12:59pm JST on March 16).
  • There is $100,000 available in matching funds. Once funds have been depleted, no more donations will be matched.
  • Only organizations that are working on relief or recovery efforts in the Tohoku region of Japan are eligible for these matching funds. GlobalGiving reserves the right to approve all projects included in the campaign ahead of time.
  • Matching is applied at 100% up to $1,000 per donor per project between March 1, 2013 00:00:01 AM EDT to March 15, 2013 23:59:59 PM EST  / (12:59pm JST on March 16) or until matching funds run out.
  • GlobalGiving will match up to $25,000 per project.
  • The project that raises the most funds during the campaign will receive an additional $1,000 bonus grant from GlobalGiving.
  • The project that has the most unique donors during the campaign will receive an additional $1,000 bonus grant from GlobalGiving.
  • Projects must be approved and live on the GlobalGiving.org website by February 26th, 2013 to be eligible.
  • Projects that are located in Japan, but not working on Tohoku-related issues, are not eligible for this matching campaign.
  • Online donations will be accepted through March 15, 2013 23:59:59 PM EST (GMT-4) Checks received by March 10, 2013 will be included in the matching and will count towards the number of unique donors for each project. Checks received after March 10, 2013 will be applied to the indicated project, but will not count towards the matching. Checks should be made payable to the GlobalGiving Foundation and should clearly indicate the project to which the funds should be applied. Unfortunately, we are not able to accept cash donations.
  • Only donations made at www.globalgiving.org are eligible for this match. Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching.

Unique donors are determined using numerous criteria, including name, email address, credit card number, mailing address, and IP address. We are monitoring these and other parameters in our system to ensure that only unique, distinct donors are counted towards the donor bonus award.

Terms and Conditions for March 11th (200% Match)

  • The 200% Match Day will run on March 10th, 2013 from 11:00:01 PM EDT (March 11th, 00:00:01 PM JST) to March 11th, 2013 23:59:59 PM EDT (March 12th, 12:59:59 PM JST).
  • Matching is applied at 200% up to $1,000 per donor per project between March 10th, 2013 from 11:00:01 PM EDT (March 11th, 00:00:01 PM JST) to March 11th, 2013 23:59:59 PM EDT (March 12th, 12:59:59 PM JST)  or until matching funds run out
  • Only projects that enrolled in Japan Matching can participate.
  • Only online donations (credit card or PayPal) are eligible for matching. Donations made by check or text-to-give are not eligible.
  • Donations made on www.globalgiving.co.uk or any GlobalGiving corporate sites (including Nike, Eli Lilly, Global Action Atlas, etc) are NOT eligible for matching.