I'm Nittai Malchin, a senior at Palo Alto High School in CA and the founder of One Love Advocates. Our mission is to do whatever possible to improve access to education in communities that are struggling with destructive or endemic problems. My immediate focus is helping kids in Haiti gain access to educational opportunities. I recently traveled to Haiti, and I will be documenting my trip on this site. There are 4 sections (see navigation above) to my mini site: (1) my blog where i document my activities, impressions and thoughts from Haiti (2) About One Love where you can read more about the initiative (3) Support One Love where you can learn how to get involved, donate or help (4) contact info. And on the right sidebar you will find more info such as links to other sites, feeds, photos, videos, and ways to contact me or share One Love with others. Also, check out the cool toolbar on the bottom of your screen to see our videos, photos, and Facebook page, for translations, and more. Thank you for visiting and feel free to share your thoughts.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Call to Action

As I'm sure you already know, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake followed by an enormous tsunami on March 10th. These natural disasters shook the the nation, which is now in desperate need of help. The death toll is currently at 1,700 but it is rising rapidly, and there are tens of thousands of others who are missing, which does not bode well for the death toll. People have lost everything - their cars, belongings, homes, and even family members - in the sweeping floods from the tsunami.

While this Japanese situation is obviously very different from the Haitian one following the January earthquake, there are also many similarities. First, it's important to remember that real people, just like you and me, are being hurt - the death and missing tolls are not just numbers. Next, Japan is currently in a vital stage of the recovery process. Now that it is fresh in people's minds, it is far more likely to receive support and donations in hopes of restoring Japan back to the way it was. Unfortunately, Haiti is now out of people's minds, and is thus receiving less support than before despite the great needs that are ever-present - "out of sight, out of mind" some would say.

Remember, One Love's mission does not strictly pertain to Haiti, but rather to any and all struggling communities. Obviously there are far more places with problems than there are resources for us to help out, but we've decided that Japan is now in great need and that it is our duty to help. This is a call to action - please try to find a way to help, whether it be through donations or raising awareness. You can donate through PayPal (on the right of the blog), or simply send us a message asking for details and we will happily find a way to make things easy on you. The response that One Love received following the earthquake in Haiti was incredible, and it made me tremendously proud, and more importantly, helped improve the lives of many Haitians plagued by the earthquake. It is my hope that One Love will be able to help the struggling people of Japan much like it helped those of Haiti, and that won't be possible without the support of our friends, family, and community.

Be sure to stay tuned for more news regarding the situation in Japan and One Love's efforts to help.

One Love.

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