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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How to help Yolanda - Haiyan victims

By now, you may already know the devastation brought by typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) in the Philippines. If you want to extend your help to the victims of this calamity here are some organizations that are currently have relief operations or efforts in the Philippines. Follow #ReliefPH to get updates on latest news on the relief operations on Philippines.

People who are in other parts of the Philippines who want to donate or extend their help can send their donations to the following organizations:

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya http://www.abs-cbnfoundation.com/sk/
Pledge lines: (02) 411-0183, 411-0182, 411-0115

Ayala Foundation's Laging Handa Fund http://www.ayalafoundation.org/

Caritas Filipinas Foundation http://ushare.unionbankph.com/caritasfilipinas/

The MVP Tulong Kapatid Center
Address: Meralco Covered Tennis Court, Meralco Compound, Ortigas, Pasig City
Contact person: Eds Addun at 0939-9133771 or 632-8301

You can also forward your donations to the following Bank accounts:

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Metrobank
Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)

Banco De Oro
BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands
BOPIPHMM

Metrobank
MBTCPHMM

Philippine National Bank
-PNBMPHMM

Unionbank of the Philippines
-UBPHPHMM


Philippine Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org.ph/) – Although American Red Cross is accepting donations for typhoon relief, you can go directly to the Philippine Red Cross to give your donations or pledges. Philippine Red Cross group has teams on their way to Samar, Leyte and Capiz. You can follow their twitter account @philredcross to know more about relief operations.


It’s nice to know that help is pouring in the Philippines for the victims of the typhoon. For people who live in other countries, you can send your donations to organizations that currently have relief efforts directly to the Philippines affected areas.

Care (http://care.org/) – This organization is known worldwide and operates in 84 countries to fight poverty and is pledging to help by delivering aid. Follow their updates on Twitter @care

World Food Program USA (http://wfpusa.org/) –the World Food Program is concentrating on delivering food aid to the area and also pledged $2 million for the response. Donations can be made through their website or by texting the word AID to 27722 to instantly donate $10. Follow World Food Program USA updates on their Twitter account @WFPUSA

Habitat for Humanity (http://www.give2habitat.org/home) – This is one of my favorite organizations and currently they are setting up an initial base in Cebu for their “Re-Build Philippines” campaign. Follow updates on Twitter @Habitat_org

Unicef (http://www.unicef.org/) – The UN relief agency is always on the go to help and provide emergency supplies especially children needs. Donations can be made via their website or calling 1-800-FOR-KIDS. You can follow their updates on Twitter @unicefusa

Doctors Without Borders (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/) – The organization says it’s going to focus its efforts first in the area of Leyte Province, with both personnel and relief supplies. Follow updates on Twitter @MSF_USA

Oxfam (http://www.oxfam.org/) – The Oxfam team is already on the ground of the affected areas. One team reported seeing children holding up signs saying “Help. We need water, food and medicines.”

International Rescue Committee (http://www.rescue.org/) - has launched a $10-million appeal and sent an emergency team to Manila, which has already started to work on the ground.

Please remember to donate the victim’s primary needs like food, water, clothes or blankets. You can also donate money to the different organizations that are helping the victims or you can always give help by helping them pack the donations.  
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