In remembrance of the 11th anniversary of the 3.11.11 Great East Japan Earthquake and the resulting tsunami and ongoing nuclear disaster, CRS is collecting donations for the Sendai Chamber Ensemble (SCE), a volunteer group of seven musicians from Sendai and Fukushima that provides concerts to uplift the spirits of the survivors in the region, including performances at more than 300 kindergartens, nursery schools, elementary and junior high schools. If you would like to make an online donation to support SCE’s healing mission, you may do so by clicking the Donate button below.

Also in remembrance of the anniversary, CRS and Tenri Cultural Institute of NY are presenting a concert on 3.12 and all proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Sendai Chamber Ensemble. You can purchase tickets to the concert here.

The 3.11.11 earthquake was the most powerful ever recorded in Japan, and the fourth most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the world. The resulting tsunami reached more than 40 meters high and led to the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant. The disaster took the lives of 19,747 people. 2,556 are still missing. More than 1,700 children were orphaned. 340,000 survivors were displaced, and even though 11 years have passed, more than 45,000 people have yet to be able to return home, their homes and communities not rebuilt or still contaminated by nuclear radiation.

A survey found that 1 in 3 survivors never talk about the disaster and continue to hold their trauma inside. For this reason, it is important that we continue to provide support for the people of this region, to let them know that we have not forgotten about what they went through, that we care about them, and that they are among friends willing to listen and be there for them. Let us mirror the light we see in them so that they can recognize it and remember it and be free.