Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, has caused enormous devastation across the Philippines. Approximately 10 million people across 40 provinces on the islands have been impacted, with more than 650,000 people displaced and thousands killed.
Even as we learn more about the logistical and governmental challenges of helping those in desperate need, many of you have asked us to suggest ways to help.
Our colleagues at Silicon Valley Community Foundation have put together a list of reputable charitable organizations--including the American Red Cross--that are providing disaster relief and recovery.
Below, we've listed a few others that also are doing important relief and recovery work in the Philippines.
It's important to note that many disaster relief and recovery organizations accept restricted donations, but typically a portion of the donation is used for future disasters in other locations.
All organizations are accepting donations directly on their websites. If you'd like to recommend a grant distribution from your Donor Advised Fund, you can log on to your DonorCentral account from our website, or you can email your grant recommendation to Ellen Drayton at email@example.com, or fax us at 707.254.7955.
CARE is providing food, shelter, sanitation and essential supplies to survivors of typhoon Haiyan. CARE has a history of working with emergency response experts in 69 countries, and the majority of the experts are citizens from the area that speak the language and know the culture. CARE focuses on girls and women when distributing food and emergency supplies, since women and girls are vulnerable to aftereffects of disasters that include domestic violence and rape.
Doctors Without Borders is dispatching medical supplies, hygiene kits, water and sanitation equipment, and shelter materials from its warehouses around the world. The agency also is deploying 100-plus staff, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, psychologists, logisticians, and water and sanitation experts to work in both urban and remote areas impacted by the storm. Doctors Without Borders provides medical assistance and other relief in 60 countries, and has been doing so since the 1970s. Its humanitarian work is based on medical ethics and impartiality.
Give2Asia specializes in supporting effective charitable programs across Asia, and has been doing so since 2001. Give2Asia has opened the Typhoon Yolanda Recovery Fund, and is working with its field team to coordinate and support short-term relief efforts and identify needs for long-term recovery. Give2Asia has responded to five previous disasters in the Philippines, including the 7.2 earthquake that struck in early October.