Typhoon relief: How you can help

Relief

Philippine and US military personnel load relief goods for Tacloban on board a US C-130 plane for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan at a military base in Manila on November 11, 2013. PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO AFP

If you have personal connections in the Visayas, then by all means send them whatever you know they need. In the coming days parishes and charity organizations will be organizing collections of goods and funds. In the mean time, here are three outstanding organizations who will take your online donation and put it to work right now:

World Relief

World Relief is currently collaborating with partners on the ground in Southeast Asia who will provide critical, life-saving food and non-food assistance (hygiene kits, cooking utensils, materials for temporary shelter, etc.). By giving to our Typhoon Haiyan Rapid Response Fund, you enable us to rapidly deploy front-line help and resources to the most vulnerable during this crisis.

World Vision

World Vision is launching an emergency response to help survivors of Typhoon Haiyan—possibly the strongest storm in recorded history—after it slammed the Philippines. An estimated 9.5 million people are affected. World Vision is rushing to meet the most urgent needs of food, clean water, and emergency shelter for 400,000 people.

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières

MSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits.

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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