“During the disaster, I saw nurses gently caring for children, and it drove my passion to become a pediatric nurse.”
Yumeko Kitada and her friends witnessed massive devastation when an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in March 2011. But three years later, they are moving forward with their lives and their dreams, inspired by the disaster response. “I saw nurses treating injured people in an evacuation center and giving them comfort. I also felt soothed when they talked to me. That’s why I got interested in becoming a nurse,” says Yumeko.
Thanks to global support in the disaster’s aftermath, Japan is rebuilding its medical capacity and helping students like Yumeko pursue their dreams. In fact, donations from the American public have supported the reconstruction or renovation of five temporary and permanent hospitals and medical facilities affected by the disaster. This includes support for a Red Cross nursing school that trains specialists in disaster medical care and sends teams to the homes of displaced residents to address their health and emotional concerns. The global Red Cross network continues to provide material and emotional support to survivors as they rebuild.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.