How You Can Help The Philippines
Typhoon Yolanda (International code name: Haiyan), the strongest tropical cyclone ever recorded, has hit and left my home country—specifically the Visayan province—with total devastation. My country receives more than 20 storms a year but it has never been this dire.
Based from the news I’ve read and my friends have told me, the City of Tacloban and nearby areas is like a setting in a zombie apocalypse movie. There’s no electricity, water, communications and even food to go around. A lot of the victims have been starving for 3-4 days because it’s too difficult to send relief goods, and many had to resort to looting. Many people are still missing and dead bodies are scattered everywhere. It’s just too heartbreaking.
With this in mind, I decided to collate a list of websites and resources where you can donate. At this point, any kind of donation will be most helpful.
If you want to send clothes, please sell them at the Katipunan #baHAIYANihan because 100% of the proceeds will be used to post-Yolanda rebuilding efforts. And please donate medicines that still hasn’t expired.
If you live outside the Philippines, you can refer to the following organizations to help in the relief efforts. (Compiled by HuffingtonPost.com)
World Food Programme
WFP has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here
The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.
The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.
ShelterBox provides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.
Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.
100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and “to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors.” Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.
Within The Philippines
Donate to Philippine Red Cross via SMS
Text RED AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart). Example: RED 100
You can also donate online using your credit card of Paypal.
Google Person Finder
If you’re looking for someone, please use Google’s Person Finder.
The Food For A Cause Operation
If you’re in Metro Manila, you can join the food for a case where 100% of their proceeds will go to the victims and relief efforts.
Relief Operation Centres
This is a huge list of open relief operations centres and online donations for both locals and overseas. Please refer to this list if you want to know where you can volunteer.
I would also like to thank for the donations and relief efforts our fellow countrymen and other countries are doing. Please don’t stop helping out. Right now, our country needs all the help we could get. Thank you.