With an estimated 10,000 people killed in the Central Philippines islands and almost 80% of structures in the typhoon’s path destroyed, life is brought to a standstill for hundreds of thousands displaced people. There are many organizations that have already moved into action to raise money and supply help and goods to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Here's how you can help.
How You Can Help the Relief Efforts
With a response team on the ground in the Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse has sent water and nutrition experts to the affected islands. The organization is also providing community water filters, protective tarps, blankets, hygiene kits, and emergency family food packets, and has a team ready to help in Vietnam, which has since been hit as well.
Feed the Hungry
With the goal of providing 1 million meal rations to the hardest-hit city of Tacloban, Feed the Hungry is asking for donations to help those affected by the typhoon.
Save the Children
With disaster relief efforts in the Philippines, Laos, and Vietnam, Save the Children is asking for donations to provide emergency assistance to both children and families in all of the affected countries.
With people on the ground in the Philippines, Oxfam is looking for donations to provide for supplies including food, water, medicine, and shelter.
For as little as $24, you can donate to World Vision to provide a blanket and mosquito net. A donation of $33 can supply clean water and a hygiene kit for a family, while $184 can give a family emergency shelter.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat is trying to raise $10.3 million (or 450 million Philippine Pesos) to provide affected families with shelter.
Google has launched a tool that helps individuals who are searching for the status of people affected by the storm. Individuals can either search for someone or provide information about someone they know. This is a very helpful resource for those who have relatives in the Philippines and are unable to contact them.
If you know of any other helpful resources, please share them in the comments.