Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda)
the Philippines on Nov. 8, 2013,
and then descended upon Vietnam and on
into southern China.
Officials in the Philippines fear there are thousands of
dead, and some expect that millions will need basic aid during the
still-unfolding rescue and recovery process. Of course, there is billions
of dollars in damage to homes and infrastructure.
Below is a list of some of the organizations that will be
assisting in the recovery effort, with links to their websites so you can
explore how they will be assisting, as well as consider opportunities for you
Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and Cornell
University and Cornell Cooperative Extension do not explicitly endorse any of
the aid organizations listed below. This list is merely provided as a reference
point for those considering donating to relief efforts.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC)
responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive
and rebuild their lives. They are sending teams to assist in the Philippines. Their website is here.
Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70
countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race,
religion, or political affiliation, and are always involved in disaster
situations with crucial medical care. Their website is here.
The International Committee of the Red Cross,
established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people
affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect
victims of war. It also provides assistance during natural disasters, and the
Philippines Red Cross has already sprung into action to assist families in
reconnecting. Their website is here.
The International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund is
a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and
relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development
programs. They are gathering teams to send to the Philippines. Their website is here.
Save The Children supports children and families
around the world affected by disaster. They are currently preparing to assist
in the Philippines. Their website is here.
The United Nations' Children's Fund (UNICEF) is
currently rushing relief supplies to the region, and says up to four million
children could be affected by the disaster. Their website is here.
Mercy Corps is deploying some of their most
seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground
to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of the
strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water,
shelter and other basic supplies. Their website is here.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster
(VOAD) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, membership based organization that
serves as the forum where organizations share knowledge and resources
throughout the disaster cycle—preparation, response and recovery —to help
disaster survivors and their communities. Their website is here.
The mGive Foundation is collecting
donations from U.S. wireless subscribers, who can text AID to 80108 to give a
$10 donation to the organization's Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund.
Charges will appear on the user's wireless bill or will be deducted from a
prepaid balance. Text STOP to 80108 to stop or HELP for assistance. Learn more about their donation system here.
Finally, before you donate either your time or money, please
be aware that there are always scammers looking to profit on disasters. If
you find an organization you are thinking of giving money to, check their
credentials at the Charity
Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which evaluates the financial
health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations.