With reports of more than 10,000 estimated casualties, and an excess of 9 million people affected, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most devastating storms ever
With reports of more than 10,000 estimated casualties, and an excess of 9 million people affected, Typhoon Haiyan is one of the most devastating storms ever to make landfall.
With the Red Cross and other agencies saying they expect the number of casualties and total damage from the storm to soar, there are many organizations stepping up to provide relief to the victims and families of Haiyan.
Here are just some of them:
- The United Nations' World Food Programme estimates that 2.5 million people will need food assistance in the regions affected by Haiyan. They have set up a page where you can donate to efforts aimed at providing relief to families and children affected by the typhoon.
- United Nations' Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) is rushing to deliver aid to the estimated 4 million children affected by Haiyan. “Children urgently need access to safe water, hygiene supplies, food, shelter and a safe environment to recover,” the group said.
- Catholic Relief Services is another major organization helping to collect relief funds for the recovery efforts.
- CARE teams are on the ground in typhoon-affected areas of the Philippines and CARE plans to provide emergency relief to thousands of families.
- ChildFund International has been on the ground in the Philippines since 1954. In addition to providing food, water and shelter for typhoon victims, the organization is also setting up counseling centers for children affected by the disaster.
- Save the Children is directing donations to help children in the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. They’ve also said they will set aside 10 percent of all donations to create a new fund for similar future emergencies.
- Oxfam is also working on relief efforts to provide clean water, food, medicine and shelter to victims.
- Action Against Hunger is providing water, food and sanitation services. Having been on the ground in the Philippines for over a decade, the organization is also working to provide a greater damage assessment.
- Heifer is accepting donations to help residents recover from and prepare for future disasters.
- The Canadian organization GlobalMedic is working to provide clean water to Haiyan victims. “Those people are vulnerable,” GlobalMedic’s Rahul Singh told the Toronto Sun. “And clean water is essential in order to prevent a secondary catastrophe.”
- The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises.
- Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need.
- The International Committee of the Red Cross works to provide humanitarian help for people affected by natural disasters.
- The International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund, a global, humanitarian nonprofit, is sending teams to the Philippines.
- Mercy Corps is sending relief workers to help with humanitarian needs of survivors.
- The mGive Foundation is collecting donations from U.S. wireless subscribers who text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the group's Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund.
- The Philippine Red Cross is mobilizing teams on the ground to help with rescue and relief operations.
- World Vision plans to provide food and water to those in evacuation shelters.
- Habitat for Humanity plans to offer shelter repair kits for families who need to re-build their damaged houses.
- Operation USA said it is preparing to send aid to help in the recovery efforts.
Note: Those looking to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan are encouraged to donate money, not clothes.
"Give money to organizations that have worked in the affected areas before the storm," Jessica Alexander wrote on Slate.com. "They will be more likely to know and be able to navigate the local context and may be able to respond faster, as it won’t take them time to set up."
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