Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central Philippine islands on November 8, 2013 decimating buildings and homes and claiming thousands of lives. Hundreds of thousands of people are in desperate need of assistance.
If you would like to help, here is a list of organizations that are mobilizing and deploying major disaster relief efforts. This list is also available on the Spiritual Life and Service Learning’s Facebook page.
World Food Programme
The UN’s hunger-fighting organization has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as 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.
American Red Cross
The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter.
The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts.
The emergency response and global health organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Visit the AmeriCares website.
The Christian humanitarian organization that specifically supports families living in poverty is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision website.
ShelterBox, an emergency relief organization, provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless.
Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area.
The Christian hunger and poverty-fighting organization is allocating 100 percent of all disaster donations for relief efforts “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online.
Save The Children
The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Visit Save the Children website.
Doctors Without Borders
The international medical humanitarian organization is sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, including vaccines, tents and hygiene kits. Visit Doctors Without Borders website.
The Los Angeles-based nonprofit is sending much-needed water purification supplies to victims and seeking corporate partners to help with delivery. Donate $10 by texting AID to 50555 or give online.
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
The humanitarian assistance organization, which fights global poverty in 70 different countries, is sending disaster and relief development experts to aid in recovery. The organization is also empowering local partners in their efforts. Visit the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee website.
The Lutheran World Relief
LWR, which fights poverty by improving global health and ensuring basic human rights are met, is working with local partners to provide water, shelter, financial resources and recovery efforts.
Catholic Relief Services
CRS will provide shelter, water, toilets and more. The charitable arm aims to provide temporary housing for 32,000 families in three areas. Visit the Catholic Relief Services website.
The nonprofit, which galvanizes first responders and veterans to help in times of crises, has sent a group of specialists to aid in search-and rescue, medical triage and medical relief. A second team was deployed Nov. 12 to create a supply chain for field work. Visit Team Rubicon website.
International Medical Corps
The emergency response team is providing infection control, clean water and food to families in the hardest hit areas. International Medical Corps website.
The International Rescue Committee
The organization, which specializes in humanitarian crises, is sending a relief team to help provide water and sanitation systems.Visit The International Rescue Committee website.
A humanitarian organization, Islamic Relief’s mission is to alleviate suffering, hunger, illiteracy and disease regardless of color, race, gender or creed. Islamic Relief offices around the world are gathering resources and sending relief personnel to help with emergency efforts. Visit the Islamic Relief website.
For more information email Lynne Meyer, director of Spiritual Life and Service Learning, or call 312.567.3160.