Many lives have been decimated due to the terror of Typhoon Haiyan… something to the tune of 10 million and we are still not positive on the numbers being reported in terms of death and devastation. This morning I heard an interview with one of the victims of the storm and she commented about how things are so desperate that people are drinking water, no matter where it comes from in order to survive. It is not something that should be passed over if we have the ability to help.
One thing that I know causes people to stay their hands at giving money blindly to charities and relief funds is the vile corruption of many cold-hearted people who use it for personal gain instead of actual help. For this I have made sure to do my research into companies that have had a solid reputation in administering aid.
The following is a list of reputable companies that are actively sending aid to the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan and could use as much help as we can give them for it. The Typhoon has taken over 10,000 lives and things are desperate for a lot of Filipinos at this late hour. If you wish to help in any way, please check out the following links and do your thing financially.
The American Red Cross
You know the name, you know what they’re about.
…Last Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan tore through the Pacific islands of the Philippines, leaving behind a scene of destruction and despair. The global Red Cross network is responding to emergency needs in the Philippines with food, water, and relief supplies, and the American Red Cross is lending people, expertise and equipment to this massive effort.t. (Visit The American Red Cross Website)
Phillipine Red Cross
…After super typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) battered Visayas, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment, rescue and relief teams to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts. Staff and volunteers from local chapters are now deployed in different affected areas. Three teams from the National Headquarters will be deployed in Samar, Leyte and Capiz together with the Water Search and Rescue Teams of Olongapo Chapter… (Donate to the Red Cross)
American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
…With reports of a growing number of deaths and catastrophic destruction, there is already an urgent need for immediate humanitarian assistance as Typhoon Haiyan continues its path of devastation. Hundreds of thousands of Filipinos are inaccessible as they remain without power and shelter… (Donate Here)
Catholic Relief Services
…Catholic Relief Services, in cooperation with our partners, will provide 100,000 families with shelter, essential living supplies, and clean water and sanitation. We will continue to identify the most vulnerable communities that need assistance… (CRS Donation Form)
Donate, But Donate Carefully
If you choose to give money through other means, please consider the following tips to avoid getting robbed:
Social Media – while it’s easy to click a link on Facebook and punch in your credit card number, make sure you do your research first. Look if they are a reputable charity, and do some Googling into their past.
Celebrity Backed Charities – Don’t get played. Remember the issues with the fund that Wyclef Jean was over for Haiti? Just because you know their face and like their music is no reason to trust that they know more than you do about a charity.
Phone calls – Seriously, we don’t pick up the phone when strangers call—well I know I don’t—so I would hope you wouldn’t do the same for a shyster looking to rip you off.
Last but not least, thank you… even if all you plan to do is read and then throw up a prayer or well wishes. At the end of the day when things like this occur it serves as a reminder that we all are one people stuck on a little orb open to random terrors. If you are like me and wish to help, I hope that one of the above sources is the key.