Philippines: How to help typhoon victims
With images of the devastation from Typhoon Haiyan pouring in from the Philippines, where up to 10,000 are feared dead, rescue and recovery organizations from around the world are mobilizing to deliver aid. While much of the country waits for power, food, and water, here are some organizations that get good marks from groups that review these sorts of things:
GlobalGiving: This organization is focusing on delivering or securing food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter for survivors. GlobalGiving also promises a transparent process with updates on how donations are used and when aid is received.
Mercy Corps: Volunteers from Mercy Corps are deploying to the region to deliver basic supplies like food and water. This organization also has a good track record for transparency and efficient use of donations. To donate by phone, call: 1-888-747-7440.
UNICEF: UNICEF’s aid focuses primarily on helping children. The organization is focused on delivering essential medicines, food, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. You can donate online, call 1-800-367-5437 or text RELIEF to 864233.
The Phillipine Red Cross: The Phillipine chapter of the Red Cross is providing meals and relief items, as well as tracking services for people looking for missing family members. Local Red Cross chapters are also accepting donations.
The World Food Programme: The World Food Programme focuses on delivering food aid to children and families. Text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or call 1-202-747-0722.
Convoy of Hope: This organization has already distributed aid like food, water-purification kits, and clothing in hard-hit areas like Cebu and promises more is on the way. Convoy of Hope regularly posts updates on families and individuals that they help.
Doctors Without Borders: The well-known organization has already mobilized its doctors in the country and promises more aid including medical and psychological treatment.
You should also check with your favorite local charity to see if they are coordinating relief efforts.
Also check out Charity Navigator’s top relief organizations for a more comprehensive list of charities.
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