Bureau of Fire Protection volunteers pack relief goods bound for hard-hit areas of the southern Philippines at a government warehouse on November 9, 2013 in Manila, Philippines. Photo by Dondi Tawatao/Getty Images.
The prospects for Philippines provinces affected by Haiyan are grim. Conservative estimates put it at 1,000 dead, while others fear that 10,000 is closer to the truth. The numbers are still trickling in; many far-flung areas were cut off after the storm passed through. All in all, over 4 million Filipinos were affected by this, the strongest storm to emerge this year.
Typhoon Haiyan was a doozy: packing maximum sustained winds of 195 mph, the superstorm slammed into the Visayas islands south of Manila, leaving a massive trail of destruction in its wake. My wife was choking back tears when she saw this news report about a storm surge reaching an evacuation center in Tacloban, killing an undetermined number of elderly and children. I was wrong to be optimistic about a low casualty count; the situation looks dire throughout Central Visayas.
The Philippine government is already on the ground repairing the damage, but they can't handle this alone. If you want to do your part to help, you can call or visit the charities in this list. Your help will be much appreciated:
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee accepts donations online, or by phone at 1-212-687-6200. Donate directly to the American JDC.
AmeriCares funds local charities while pitching in directly with antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. Donate directly to AmeriCares.
CARE is mobilizing both in the Philippines and in Vietnam to deal with the aftereffects of Haiyan. You can donate by phone at 1-800-521-2273 within the United States, or +1-404-681-2252 outside the U.S. You can also visit their site to pitch in. Donate directly to CARE.
Catholic Relief Services is helping out in deeply Catholic Philippines "mobilizing resources to help the government and the most affected areas." Donate directly to Catholic Relief Services.
Convoy of Hope's Global Disaster Response Team is sending supplies for disaster relief efforts, but it's not too late to pitch in with your share. Call 1-417-823-8998 to donate over the phone, or you can visit their site to do your part. Donate directly to the Convoy of Hope.
Direct Relief is sending over 1.5 tons of emergency supplies, but it's not enough for the many injured still awaiting treatment. Call 1-805-964-4767 to donate over the phone, or visit their site. Donate directly to Direct Relief.
Habitat for Humanity has had a long relationship with the Philippines, but they could always use more help. Contribute to their Disaster Response fund by calling 1-800-HABITAT. Donate directly to Habitat for Humanity.
Heifer International is a community-centered NGO fighting hunger and poverty; it "partners with relief agencies and first-responders on the ground to support the efforts in communities where we work, with a focus on livestock and agricultural systems rehabilitation." Donate directly to Heifer International.
International Medical Corps is working with partners on the ground to distribute medical aid to the hardest-hit spots. call 1-800-481-4462 to donate, or visit their site. Donate directly to International Medical Corps.
The Philippine Red Cross is stretched thin looking after the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. If you're in the U.S., send a check to your local American Red Cross chapter - but make sure you designate "Philippines Typhoons and Flood" in the memo line. Donate directly to the Philippine Red Cross.
The Salvation Army lets you contribute to Haiyan relief efforts by donating on their site, or by texting TYPHOON to 80888 to donate $10, if you're in the U.S. Donate directly to the Salvation Army.
Samaritan's Purse set up a Philippines Emergency Relief fund to receive donations to support the disaster relief specialists they're sending to Haiyan survivors. Donate by phone at 1-828-262-1980. Donate directly to Samaritan's Purse.
Save the Children manages a Philippines Annual Monsoon and Typhoon Children in Emergency Fund, which you can support with a phoned-in donation at 1-800-728-3843. Donate directly to Save the Children.
ShelterBox got to the Philippines to help out with those left homeless after the earthquake in Bohol; now they're ramping up to house the victims of Haiyan. Call 1-941-907-6036 to support their work. Donate directly to ShelterBox.
UNICEF is on the ground taking care of typhoon victims, but they're already stretched thin taking care of victims of the recent earthquake, too. Donate directly to UNICEF.
The World Food Programme has budgeted about $2 million for immediate Haiyan relief, with more on the way as the need grows. For U.S. citizens, donating to the effort is as simple as texting the word AID to 27722 to donate $10. Donate directly to the World Food Programme.
World Vision is on the front lines in the Philippines, with volunteers active at evacuation centers all across Haiyan-affected areas. Donate directly to World Vision.