The relief effort in the Philippines is desperate and urgent. More than nine million people have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan, with 10,000 feared dead.
Several Canadian organizations are aiding the relief effort and the Canadian government said it will match every dollar donated by Canadians between Nov. 9 and Dec. 8. In order to qualify for the matching program, the donation must be made to registered Canadian charities and specifically earmarked for typhoon relief.
Here’s how you can donate:
- The Canadian Red Cross has been assisting its Philippine counterparts since Friday, working to meet the needs of individuals in crisis.
- The Humanitarian Coalition — CARE, Oxfam, Plan Canada and Save the Children — has been working with its member agencies on the ground in the Philippines since the disaster struck.
- UNICEF is working with its partners to provide life-saving essentials and emergency supplies to children affected by the typhoon.
- The Canadian emergency-relief charity Global Medic has departed for the Philippines and is focusing on water-purification in the affected regions.
- The hunger-alleviation charity ACF International is on the ground in the Philippines, where it is setting up portable water treatment devices to deliver clean drinking water and help prevent the outbreak of disease.
- The United Nations’ World Food Programme is mobilizing food supplies to reach thousands of people in need. Donations to the UN WFP will not be matched by the federal government because they are not a Canadian charity, but as part of the UN’s Flash Appeal launched on Tuesday, the WFP is seeking $83 million to provide food across the country and support the Philippines government. Donate at www.wfp.org/typhoon or by texting RELIEF NOW to 45678 to donate $10 to families in need
- Doctors Without Borders is sending doctors to areas affected by the storm, aiming to deliver medical services to survivors.
- The Christian charity World Vision has more than 50 years experience in the Philippines, according to its website. Funds raised will go towards food, blankets, household supplies, hygiene kits, shelter and clean water.
- Community and Family Services International, a Philippines-based humanitarian organization, is on the ground in the affected regions, working with U.N. agencies and the local government to deliver disaster relief and help reconstruction.
- The International Fund for Animal Welfare is accepting donations that will go towards rescuing animals in the area affected by the typhoon, its website says.
Canadians looking for information on friends and relatives who may have been caught in the affected areas can call Foreign Affairs’ 24-7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885.
Source: Brendan Kennedy @ The Star