The international group UNICEF says 4 million children will be affected by the devastating typhoon that has ransacked and demolished much of the infrastructure, homes and businesses in the southeast asia nation of the Philippines. The group is mobilizing to send food for children, health kits, water and hygiene kits to support up to 3,000 families.
The images of the trail of despair left by storm in the media are haunting. Hundreds (and counting) are dead. If you would like to do your part to donate, in addition to UNICEF, here are 6 other charities where you can donate to that can help.
AMERICAN RED CROSS- The American Red Cross, which responds to about 70,000 natural and man-made disaster each year, is accepting donations to help people affected by the Pacific typhoon, according to its website. Donations can be made in honor of or in memory of an individual.
PHILIPPINE RED CROSS – This group is on the grounds. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage from the typhoon and to support rescue efforts.
SALVATION ARMY – Known worldwide, the Salvation Army is accepting donations specifically for Typhoon Haiyan. According to a Salvation Army statement, cash donations allow disaster responders to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors without incurring many of the costs associated with sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods. The relief services are funded entirely by donors and the Salvation Army says it uses 100 percent of all disaster donations to support disaster relief operations.
WORLD FOOD PROGRAM – This program is working to bring food to refugees around the world and people facing hardship due to natural disasters. The organization is mobilizing quickly to reach those in need in the Philippines, according to its website, and donations will help provide emergency food assistance to families and children in the area devastated by a typhoon.
AMERICARES – This non-profit emergency response and global health organization is helping. In a statement on its website, AmeriCares says it delivers medical and humanitarian aid to people in need worldwide in times of epic disaster or daily struggle.
MERCY CORPS – The corps of emergency responders are heading to the Philippines and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors, the organization says on its website. Mercy Corps says donations will help survivors meet their basic needs and begin rebuilding after the typhoon.