Search and rescue efforts are currently underway in the Philippines, where thousands of people are missing and feared dead after Typhoon Haiyan struck the island. Most of the survivors have been left with nothing but the clothes on their backs, if that. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Malaysia, estimates that up to four million children could be affected by the typhoon’s destruction.
Because of massive damage to the infrastructure, getting relief supplies to people in need is extremely difficult. International charities are offering assistance by bringing in rescue workers, health professionals, food, water, clothing and temporary shelters. International aid is also pouring in from countries such as The United States, Australia, China, Great Britain and the Middle East.
Surviving individuals and family members are shell-shocked and in great need of basic daily living supplies.
So often, those of us that are not affected by such an overwhelming tragedy, take loved ones, clean water, a warm home and food for granted. But, what if everyone in your family died, your home was destroyed and you were left alone without food, water or a way to defend yourself? Would you not hope that someone would reach out to help you? That’s what has happened to millions of children in the Philippines. Some may have one parent who has survived or a friend or a neighbor, but those people are just as stranded and devastated.
Getting help to those in need is difficult at best and nearly impossible for some regions, but help is on the ground, developing plans and beginning to make a difference in the survivor’s lives. This is going to be a long-term effort by those who have made a commitment to save as many people as they can and rebuild the stripped bare communities.
Donating to relief charities is one way you can help, but you have to be careful who you send your money to because lots of scams pop up around disasters. One place where you can check on a charity’s reputation is www.guidestar.org. They gather and provide information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. The website has a list of expert-recommended nonprofits that are offering assistance in the Philippines.
Some of the nonprofits listed are:
- CARE -www.care.org
- Catholic Relief Services – www.crs.org
- Habitat for Humanity International - www.habitat.org
- Philippine Red Cross (The American National Red Cross) www.redcross.org
- Save the Children – www.savethechildren.org
- Oxfam America- www.oxfamamerica.org
- UNICEF – www.unicefusa.org
- Plan International – www.planusa.org
- International Medical Corps – www.internationalmedicalcorps.org
- International Rescue Committee – www.rescue.org
- United Nations World food Programme- www.wfpusa.org
- World Vision – www.worldvision.org
There are also other nonprofits that are listed that are participating in the recovery efforts.
If you can afford to help, please donate today.