How to Help the Philippines


On November 7, super typhoon Yolanda made landfall in the Eastern Samar province of Philippines. As it headed westward through the island nation and towards mainland China, it left a wake of destruction in its path. The aftermath is horrific. Over 10,000 people are claimed to have been killed. In addition to the dead, hundreds of thousands of locals have been displaced after high winds and fierce floods destroyed homes, demolished cars and wrecked local infrastructure. Millions of locals are now struggling to find food, shelter and water in order to survive.

Here are some photographs from the tragic event.

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The Philippines may seem like worlds away for many of us. However, we’re all human beings. We all feel the same emotions and want the same things out of life, no matter which country we come from. Keeping that in mind, I have decided to provide a list of organizations through which you can aid the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. It doesn’t have to be much, but I’m certain that even the smallest contribution we make can make a big difference in the life of at least one victim.

The organizations through which you can donate are:

GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving has a transparent donation process and allows you to see how your donation is being used and when the aid is received.

Mercy Corps 
Another organization that efficiently provides aid to the victims and promises a transparent process.

Unicef
Unicef primarily focuses on the well-being of children.

Philippine Red Cross
This is the Philippines chapter of Red Cross. It is currently providing food and shelter as well as helping in locating missing victims.

World Food Programme
Focuses on delivering food.

Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope regularly posts updates on families and individuals that the help.

Direct Relief
Direct Relief also posts regular updates on how donations are being used.

Doctors Without Borders
An organization of international doctors that provide medical and psychological aid.

There are probably other channels through which you can donate but for now I have posted these. Like I said before, $10 may mean nothing to you now. However, assume that when you put that $10 together with money that other people have donated, there may be a chance that it could now be possible to purchase a much needed medical equipment to save a victim’s life. I truly believe that it is at times when we help people for an entirely selfless reason, that we feel the happiest. So lets lend the Philippines a hand.

On a side note, I’m planning to write an article on the economic and financial effects of natural disasters. Before I finished writing, I wanted to get the word out regarding these organizations. Stay tuned.

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.”
-John Holmes

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