6 Ways You Can Help Philippine Typhoon Victims Today
Time is of the essence for victims of Cyclone Haiyan (Yolanda), and your help is needed.Posted Nov 15, 2013
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda), one of the strongest storms ever recorded, over half a million victims are isolated or displaced and in urgent need of safe drinking water and emergency food supplies. In the hardest hit city of Tacloban, desperation is growing as supplies are slow to arrive. People were risking their lives just to get the bare necessities.
1. Send LifeStraw water filters
There is an immediate need for safe drinking water to prevent further loss of life from preventable waterborne diseases. LifeStraw water purifiers have been used to provide safe and clean drinking water to victims of natural disasters like the Cyclone Phallin in India, Thailand floods, Haiti Earthquake, Cyclone Nargis, Pakistan floods, and others.
Vestergaard, the manufacturer of LifeStraw® water filters, has responded quickly by donating 3,200 LifeStraw® Family filters, enough to provide safe drinking water for 16,000 people affected by the typhoon. Although this is a large donation, there are still thousands more that need clean drinking water. Here are 3 ways you can help provide those in need with LifeStraw® purifiers and filters now:
The Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale is raising funds to donate LifeStraw® Personal, LifeStraw® Family, and LifeStraw® Community water filters & purifiers to emergency family shelters in the most disaster affected areas. They will match your donations up to $23,000, and use the total funds raised of at least $46,000 to purchase LifeStraw® water purifiers for immediate distribution. You can donate to Rotary here.
For any organizations who are looking to purchase LifeStraw Filters for the Philippines, here is the contact info of the authorized LifeStraw representative in the Philippines, who has inventory on the ground there.
Mr. Erwin / Ms. Yzza
Veepo Global Resources
Telephone: +632 586 4432 / + 632 216 8861
Eartheasy’s LifeStraw One for One:
Eartheasy is providing a 1 – 1 matching program for people who purchase LifeStraw water filters. For each LifeStraw you purchase, Eartheasy will donate one to survivors in the Philippines. These donations are administered in partnership with Rotary International. Learn more here.
2. International Committee of the Red Cross/Philippine Red Cross
As staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) move into position to join a major relief effort, a clearer picture is emerging of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan and the resulting needs on Samar Island, where the typhoon made first landfall in the Philippines. The organization is focusing its initial relief efforts on the island, also affected by a protracted armed conflict, where it has been working for many years.
The ICRC is working with the Philippine Red Cross and other partners within the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The ICRC has launched an appeal for 15 million Swiss francs (more than 16 million US dollars) to bring aid to 36,000 households for three months.
The International Committee of the Red Cross and the Philippine Red Cross are both accepting donations and coordinating disaster relief on the ground throughout much of the central Philippines. The local branch of the organization is posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.
You can donate now to the Philippine Red Cross at this link: http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
The Philippine Red Cross has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected. It is also helping people to find out about the safety of family and friends. Are you looking for someone? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Oxfam International
Oxfam reports that it has “three assessment teams in the field and is currently preparing 16 tons of aid for immediate shipment to the region,” and aims “to ensure access for 20,000 of the most vulnerable families to safe water, sanitation facilities, and enable people to protect themselves from public health risks.”
Rapid assessment teams are poised to provide emergency water and sanitation supplies in the islands of Samar, Leyte and Cebu. Communities also need to have power and communications restored and roads need to be cleared so that aid can get through.
The charity is accepting online donations at this link.
“Making sure people have clean water, safe sanitation and a roof over their heads is our immediate priority.”
4. Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga, a Philippine nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty, is accepting monetary donations as well as nonperishable goods such as children’s vitamins, rice, kitchen utensils and blankets. The group is accepting donations via credit card through its “give now” page. It is also posting updates on Facebook and Twitter.
GK is currently repacking and distributing food packs containing a combination of rice, canned goods and water. Each food pack costs $5.00 (US) and is good for 4-6 meals for a family of 5. GK is targeting 50,000 food packs given the magnitude of the need.
As of November 13, because of your generosity, 18,500 food packs are being repacked and distributed in hard-hit areas like parts of Iloilo, North Negros, Ormoc and Cebu. Despite challenges on logistics and weather, Team GK continues to push and cross the limits. Help us bring concrete hope to our fellowmen in their moment of greatest need.
5. The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund
The United States State Department announced a partnership on Monday with The mGive Foundation Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund, organized by the mGive Foundation, an American 501c3 public charity that collects donations for victims of the typhoon via mobile phone. Wireless subscribers can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation, which will appear on the donor’s wireless bill or be deducted from their prepaid balance.