By now you’ve probably heard the heartbreaking reports from the Philippines: the city of Tacloban has been torn apart, with an estimated 10,000 deaths in that city alone. Many towns and small villages are in ruins. Some are calling Typhoon Haiyan the largest storm to ever hit land. Emergency teams, including US Marines, and disaster relief organizations are now working to assess the damage and help the over 4 million people affected by the storm. But you don’t need to sit idly watching the news, you can take action from home, too.
Here’s how you can help Typhoon Haiyan victims:
The Philippine Red Cross is already operating 1,200 evacuation centers, and sending additional resources, such as food and much-need emergency supplies. They’re also linking up families who’ve been separated by the storm and helping loved ones find each other. You can donate online here.
Save The Children
Save The Children has set up a Typhoon Haiyan Children’s Relief Fund to support children and families in the Philippines, Laos, and Vietnam. One Save The Children aid worker reports that an estimated two in five victims are children. Note that 10% of all donations will be set aside for future disaster response and emergency preparations.
UNICEF has already sent supplies for over 3,000 families, including health kits and food, and is airlifting supplies for 10,000 more families. You can donate here to support their work.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has sent disaster response staff to the Philippines, and plans to respond aggressively to support families there. You can donate here and help them provide shelter.
World Food Programme
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