Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda) devastated 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 to assist.
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' Childrens' 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
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 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.