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How to help typhoon victims in the Philippines

One of the strongest typhoon ever recorded, Haiyan or Yolanda in the Philippines, reduced buildings and houses to shambles. It also caused at least 10,000 fatalities according to local officials.

The category 5 Haiyan, the highest category given to super typhoons, struck the island nation on Friday.

"The devastation is, I don't have the words for it," Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said, according to Reuters. "It's really horrific. It's a great human tragedy."

If you want to help yet don't have resources to do so, use the power of prayer. But for those who want to give a hand for food, water and everything they need in this tragic moment, see the organizations below. They are mobilizing and deploying major disaster relief efforts.



WFP has allocated an immediate $2 million for Haiyan relief, with a greater appeal pending as needs become apparent. The UN organization is sending 40 metric tons of fortified biscuits in the immediate aftermath, as well as working with the government to restore emergency telecommunications in the area. Americans can text the word AID to 27722 to donate $10 or give online. Learn more here.


Emergency responders and volunteers throughout the Philippines are providing meals and relief items. Already, thousands of hot meals have been provided to survivors. Red Cross volunteers and staff also helped deliver preliminary emergency warnings and safety tips. Give by donating online or mailing a check to your local American Red Cross chapter. Learn more here.

The Philippine Red Cross has mobilized its 100 local outposts to help with relief efforts. Learn more here.

The relief organization is sending medical aid for 20,000 survivors, including antibiotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers. AmeriCares is also giving funds to local organizations to purchase supplies. Learn more here.


The organization is providing food, water and hygiene kits at the evacuation centers. World Vision was also still actively responding to last month's earthquake in Bohol, which luckily was not struck by the eye of the storm. Learn more here.


ShelterBoxprovides families with a survival kit that includes a tent and other essential items while they are displaced or homeless. Learn more here.


Anticipating that children will likely be among the worst affected by the typhoon, UNICEF is working on getting essential medicines, nutrition supplies, safe water and hygiene supplies to children and families in the area. Learn more here.


100 percent of all disaster donations will be used for relief efforts and "to immediately meet the specific needs of disaster survivors." Text TYPHOON to 80888 to Donate $10 or give online. Learn more here

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Lee Li
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November 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM delete

Great post. Although your post was I think copied from Huffington post which have I read two days ago. You should link their site for the sake of credibilty. You just copied and pasted most of the content and just edited a few. Here is the link of it http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/09/philippines-haiyan-how-to-help-_n_4247106.html

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JBenliro
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November 11, 2013 at 9:33 PM delete

First off, I would like to say thanks for dropping by, Lee. The information about the organizations where one can send help by the way was indeed from huffington post. There was a "source" link at the bottom of my post when I published it. But for some reason, I failed to change the text color so it didn't appear. Now it's all up and ok. Thanks for the reminder.

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