One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) cut a path of destruction across six central Philippine islands last Friday, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands homeless. The city of Tacloban was virtually flattened.
Initially bogged down by blocked roads, a damaged airport, and bad weather, the international relief effort has finally begun to have a major impact eight days after Typhoon Haiyan hit.
The organizations listed below (in no particular order) are mobilizing and deploying aid to the victims. See what your favorite charities are doing to help, and visit their websites to find out how you can contribute.
The American Red Cross humanitarian and disaster relief organization has already provided thousands of hot meals to survivors. They have asked those who want to support relief efforts to mail a check to their local Red Cross chapter, with “Philippines Typhoons and Flood” in the memo line, or donate online.
World Vision will provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters, and is putting together resources to assist 1.2 million people including food, hygiene kits, emergency shelter and protection. They ask for one-time donations to be made at WorldVision.org.
AmeriCares has deployed an emergency relief team, two emergency medical modules, and three medical aid shipments including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers to remedy the widespread shortages of medicines. Click here to donate.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has launched a $10 million appeal and sent an emergency team to Manila. The IRC will work to determine which of its areas of expertise – from water and sanitation to education – are most needed. Donate here.
Doctors Without Borders has organized teams of doctors, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, water and sanitation experts and other specialists to respond to the typhoon’s aftermath. It is also dispatching nine cargo planes loaded with tons of medical and relief supplies. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating the wounded, equipment for medical consultations, vaccines, relief items such as tents and hygiene kits, water and sanitation equipment.
International Medical Corps deployed an emergency response team of medical personnel and sanitation experts to the Philippines to and is accepting donations through their website in order to ship medicine, clean water and food. They are also asking for $10 donations by texting MED to 80888.
Mammoth Medical brought a team of surgeons, doctors and medical support volunteers to the Philippines. The group is equipped with three surgical teams and more than 30 parcels of medical supplies as well as a self-contained surgical tent. Donations can be made directly at www.mammothmedicalmissions.org/donate.
ChildFund International has been in the Philippines since 1954. The organization is distributing clean water, food and other household items to victims of the typhoon. It is in the process of setting up child-centered spaces in evacuation centers to provide counsel and relief to children and families affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Donate here.
Direct Relief has shipped 1.5 tons of medicine, nutritional supplements and first aid supplies to the Philippines and hope to ship more with the help of donations through their website. 100% of contributions designated for “Typhoon Haiyan Relief” will be used solely for relief and recovery efforts related to the Typhoon.
Team Rubicon, a veterans’ disaster response organization, sent a group of first responders to facilitate search and rescue efforts and provide medical triage. A second team was deployed to create a supply chain for field work. Team Rubicon is also partnering with Direct Relief to drop off portable kits to displaced survivors. Learn more here.
Lutheran World Relief is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts. It has deployed its local staff to stricken areas and is appealing for $2.5 million to aid its recovery effort. LWR is appealing for $2.5 million for its typhoon relief fund. To donate, go to LWR.org/donate. 100% of gifts to this fund will be used to assist survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Catholic Relief Services is accepting donations on its website as it begins moving supplies and staff to respond to the typhoon. CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Learn more here.
American Jewish World Service, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also collecting money for local groups in the Philippines. To donate, go to AJWS.org.
UNICEF is taking donations to help provide children with shelter, clean water, nutrition and vaccines. UNICEF staff in the Philippines is being repositioned to help in relief efforts and 66 tons of emergency supplies are being sent from Copenhagen. An airlift set to arrive on Tuesday will include water purification systems, storage equipment and sanitation supplies. Donations can be made to UNICEF at UNICEFusa.org/philippines.
Habitat for Humanity Philippines is raising funds to provide Cleaning Kits to 50,000 families, Shelter Repair Kits to 30,000 families, and 10,000 Core Houses to the affected areas of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization that responds instantly following natural and other disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who need it most, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Donate here.
Action Against Hunger is distributing drinking water, buckets, soap and chlorine tablets. It’s also providing sanitation equipment to help prevent waterborne diseases.
World Food Programme, the UN’s hunger-fighting organization, is sending 40 metric tons of fortified high energy biscuits and is working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online.
Do you know any other organizations that are offering assistance? Please leave a comment.