5 Ways To Help Those Affected By Super Typhoon Haiyan

The Philippines has been ravaged by one of the worst disasters in recent memory, killing thousands and displacing countless more. Here’s how you can help right now. posted on

The damage in the Philippines has been extensive. President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared a “state of calamity” in hopes of releasing emergency funds from the government. However, much of their funding has been depleted after many other natural disasters in the area this year, including the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that hit the islands just a few weeks ago. This means that foreign aid may be even more important than first thought. Here is how to help.

1. Oxfam International

Who they are: “Oxfam is an international confederation of 17 organizations networked together in more than 90 countries, as part of a global movement for change, to build a future free from the injustice of poverty.”

What they’re doing: Oxfam has sent experts to assess the damage in the region. “Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads [is our] immediate priority. These disasters compound the burden of Philippines’ poorest people. Small scale farmers and those relying on fishing to make a living will be hardest hit. Their fields and their boats and tackle will be badly damaged and they will need help not only today but in the months to come,” said Marie Madamba-Nuñez of Oxfam in the Philippines.

How you can help: Donate at their website here.

2. Save The Children

Who they are: Save the Children works to give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. In times of natural disaster they put children’s needs first.

What they’re doing: Save the Children is sending household kits, education kits and hygiene kits for children in the Philippines. They estimate that up to 7,000 schools could have been damaged by the storm.

How you can help: Donate on their website here.

3. World Food Programme

Who they are: The WFP is “the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 97 million people in 80 countries with food assistance last year.”

What they’re doing: WFP has started to send food to the Philippines, mobilizing an immediate $2 million. So far they have sent over 400,000 high energy biscuits to the region. These biscuits are nutritious, and do not need to be cooked, making them the ideal food for the cities now left without electricity.

How you can help: You can donate $10 by texting AID to 27722 or you can head to their website to donate more.

4. AmeriCares

Who they are: AmeriCares is “a non-profit emergency response and global health organization. In times of epic disaster or daily struggle, they deliver medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide.”

What they’re doing: AmeriCares has sent an emergency shipment with enough medical aid for 20,000 survivors. These kits include antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. The organization is also providing funding to allow their partner organizations to purchase and distribute critical relief supplies on the ground.

How you can help: Donate on their website here.

5. Red Cross

Who they are: “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.”

What they’re doing: The American Red Cross has started assessments of what is needed in the Philippines. They have activated their family tracing services for those unable to reach their loved ones in the region. International Red Cross teams are making plans to head to the region in the coming days.

How you can help: You can donate at their website here or you can send a check to your local chapter.

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