10 Ways to Help Victims of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)
Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) ripped through the Philippines on Friday, causing a 20-foot rise in sea waters and packing winds of up to 147 miles per hour. Authorities are calling it one the country’s worst natural disasters on record.
More than 10,000 people are believed to be dead in the city of Tacloban alone, with death tolls continuing to rise, according to the AP. While the eastern island of Leyte was hit hardest, there was also extensive damage to roads and houses on neighboring islands. Around 4 million people were affected by the typhoon. Houses and farms in Iloilo was also devastated and our neighboring province of Aklan, Capiz, Antique and Negros Occidental has suffered the wrath of this super typhoon.
We’ve compiled a list of nine organizations to which you can contribute, below:
- The United Nations World Food Programme: The WFP has set up an online donation page that will help rush food and resources to the regions affected.
- The Philippine Red Cross: Donations will help mobilize teams on the ground with rescue and relief efforts.
- UNICEF: Donations will help children gain access to medical supplies and clean drinking water. “Safe drinking water can be impossible to find after such a massive natural disaster. And without it, a child will drink whatever water she can find, no matter how dirty or diseased. That drink can quickly lead to diarrhea, disease and death,” UNICEF president Caryl M. Stern said.
- World Vision: World Vision is working to get food and resources to those in evacuation shelters.
- Catholic Relief Services: CRS is helping with the storm’s aftermath by getting supplies and staff into the area.
- Salvation Army: Donate online for the Salvation Army’s relief efforts, or text TYPHOON to 80888 to immediately donate $10.
- Save the Children: Donations will help children and families in the Philippines, Laos and Vietnam. Ten percent of every donation will go toward preparing for any future disasters in the area.
- Habitat for Humanity: Donations will help create shelter-repair kits for families rebuilding their homes.
- GlobalMedic: The Canadian organization is working to get clean water to victims.
- PayPal-Donations: Support nonprofits assisting in relief and recovery efforts of those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Support a cause you care about. Donate with PayPal.