When the Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) hit my country, the Philippines, last November 8, lives were changed forever.
Houses and buildings were leveled down in many parts of the Visayas. It is the 2nd deadliest Philippine typhoon on record and as of this writing, it has killed at least 2,410 people. As of November 11, the provinces of Aklan, Capiz, Cebu, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, and Samar have been placed under a state of national calamity. This allows the government to use state funds for relief and rehabilitation and to control prices of basic goods.
There are several ways to help the storm ravaged areas but for some of us, donating online (via paypal, credit or debit card) could be the best way as of this time. Below are some of the organizations and agencies that are currently doing relief work and assistance to the victims of the typhoon. You may want to consider giving through them.
World Outreach - WOI has been involved in the Philippines for more than 50 years. Their representative in the country who has lived and worked on Samar island will be coordinating their relief efforts through local partner organisations. Click here for more information and to donate.
Samaritan’s Purse - Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine since 1970. They have a team currently doing relief work in the Bogo City region, on the northern part of Cebu Island, and on Bantayan Island. These areas have also been badly hit by the super typhoon. Click here for more information and to donate.
Habitat for Humanity - Since 1988, Habitat for Humanity Philippines has built and repaired more than 20,000 homes for families in need plus thousands of other families displaced by typhoons, fires and landslides. Click here to donate.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) -After the super typhoon, PRC has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts. Click here to donate.
UNICEF – They have provided vaccine for more than 50% of the world’s children. They have worked in 190 countries around the globe and have responded to over 200 emergency events just in the past year. Click here to donate towards relief work for the super typhoon victims.
World Food Programme (WFP) – WFP plays its part as an active member of the United Nations system to bring the issue of hunger to the centre of the international agenda. Working with partners, WFP is mobilising quickly to reach those in need with High Energy Biscuits – helping ensure families and children have nutritious food in these first few days of the emergency. Click here to donate. They also have tax deductible options for some countries.
World Vision – A global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization with a focus on working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Click hereto know more about World Vision’s relief efforts for the victims and to donate.
Let us help what we can as well as include the typhoon survivors in our prayers. Let us be God’s hands and feet during this challenging time for them.
UPDATE: As of January 2014, the official death toll from super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) is now at 6,201, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. At least 3,424,593 families or 16,078,181 individuals were affected by the typhoon, with 4,095,280 people displaced. Some 550,928 homes were totally destroyed while at least 598,404 houses were partially damaged. At least P1,259,629,428.60 worth of relief assistance has been provided to the affected families by the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Health, local government units, and non-government organizations. Foreign aid pledges, meanwhile, have reached P23,798,036,069.08 (P2,800,149,541.20 cash and P20,997,886,527.88 non-cash), according to the government’s Foreign Aid Transparency Hub. Source: ABS CBN News.Com