How to Help the Philippines Typhoon Survivors

Funnel your donations where they're needed most with our guide to charities helping survivors of the massively destructive storm Haiyan

Typhoon Haiyan has wrought destruction upon the Philippines on a scale too big to fathom; it may be the biggest storm in recorded history. Reports suggest 10,000 have died, and much of the country (already reeling after a recent earthquake) is left without power, safe water, or a means of communicating. Here’s how you can help from across the world.


UNICEF staff members in the Philippines are delivering aid, with more emergency experts on their way to the area. More than 60 metric tons of emergency supplies are set to be airlifted into the region in the coming hours from the group's warehouse in Copenhagen. Click here to donate and help UNICEF's efforts. 

World Food Programme

The World Food Programme is providing emergency food assistance to families and children in the affected areas. You can click here to donate via PayPal or credit card payment.

Red Cross

The Philippine Red Cross is accepting donations through its website, and has set up a tracking system for people to discover the whereabouts of loved ones. The American Red Cross has also set up a system to help Americans track loved ones in the Philippines, and is accepting donations mailed to your local chapter with "Philippines Typhoons and Flood” in the memo line.

Catholic Relief Services

Catholic Relief Services is on hand to help with shelter, water, sanitation, water and household items like blankets. Click here to donate.

World Vision

World Vision is on the scene helping with food, water and emergency shelter. The group says your donation of $24 can provide essential supplies like a blanket or mosquito net. Or $285 can provide the essentials that a family needs to survive, including food, water, shelter and education. Here’s how to pitch in.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army puts 100 percent of your disaster donation toward the relief effort. Click here for instructions on how to help this group. Or just text the word "TYPHOON" to 80888 to donate $10 easy as can be.

ChildFund International

ChildFund International teams are distributing food, water and other basic household items as well as emergency kits and tents. And the group is setting up "Child Centered Spaces,” which aid psychosocial recovery and provide a safe place for kids in emergencies. Click here to assist.


Global poverty fighting organization CARE aims to help 30,000 families with emergency assistance over the coming months and to help them recover over a longer timeframe as well. Help the group out by donating here.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee is working with local authorities and the Philippine Jewish community to help provide for survivors. Click here to donate. 

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