Seasoned HOPE volunteer, Dr. Harold Timboe, arrived in Japan with two other HOPE volunteers over the weekend to help assess needs for medicines medical supplies and volunteer medical help.
In Japan, there is a quiet confidence amongst the uncertainty and challenges.
Despite this complex disaster, the people readily reflect what we have perceived about this historic society and its great culture for many years---that this stoic, disciplined, orderly and creative people are hugely caring, compassionate, capable and resilient. They will endure and even emerge with greater strength and appreciation for what they can achieve collectively in positive ways using the talents and wisdom of each individual.
Our group of Project HOPE volunteers and Massachusetts General Hospital representatives--a band of three, arrived in Japan on Saturday and immediately began meeting with a variety of distinguished Japanese professionals as facilitated by the Japanese ambassador to the U.S. Our focus is to assess how Project HOPE, with our expertise in sending dedicated medical volunteers to help in disaster situations as well as regular programs around the world, and our ability to distribute donated medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, could best support the Japanese people and their institutions during this time of great need.
All whom we have met recognize the reputation of Project HOPE for caring and excellence and are eager to get us involved.
As I write this, two of our team members are touring the affected areas up north, while I remain in Tokyo with Akiko Otani, Project HOPE’s regional director for Asia. We are meeting with PH Japan officials and a distinguished Japanese physician, member of the Japanese Diet.
Tomorrow we should refine some concepts based on our new knowledge in this changing situation as to how we can best serve our neighbors in Japan.
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