Last year we had a foreign exchange student at my school named Maki Kishimoto. She was from Kanagawa, Japan.
We keep in touch with Maki via Facebook and her website, and she has had a lot to tell us about the Japan disaster.
Here, she translates a blog from a girl who lives in Fukushima Prefecture, where they are still reeling not just from the quake and tsunami, but from the growing dangers of radiation poisoning.
Her words are more poignant than mine could be:
I am a high schooler, lives in Fukushima.
As you know, my town is a horrible after the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear plant.
Everyone lost their family, friends, and home.
But we are trying to live, for those who are died.
And everyone says,
"This is not the worst."
I'm sure, some of you guys are not sure what you can do for us.
We had a thousands of sad news,
but i am not giving up, yet.
We are going to have a life again
In the same town
With the same smile,
This is my only wish.
those who are missing is coming back.
So you guys,
I know something will change if you all would pray.
I really really believe this.
The important thing is not the donation
But it is in your heart.
So please pray for us.
We are waiting here.
Maki writes about this at Voice to Japan on Facebook (look under Events, if you're seeking the page) and invites anyone to visit and express their support; she in turn will translate it for her Japanese readers.
BBC photo link here.