The images are of the devastation in the Philippines is both shocking and devastating to watch. Our hearts go out to the thousands of people whose lives have been so utterly devastated by this catastrophe.
Typhoon Haiyan slammed into six central Philippine islands Friday 8th November 2013 , decimating buildings and homes and claiming many and causing extreme dislocation for the survivors and their families . One of the most powerful typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) has caused thousand of fatalities and devastation that is almost beyond belief.
Many of us within the IFSW family have been to the Philippines and or have friends or family impacted and we continue to stand in solidarity with the people of the Philippines our Filipino social work colleagues and members of the Philippines Association of Social workers.
International relief efforts have begun to gather pace, with countries and organizations promising tens of millions of dollars in help. The United Nations released $25 million for aid relief on Monday from the U.N. Central Emergency Response Fund.
The question that I have been asked by many is what can we as members of the IFSW family do to be of assistance? After some research I have come up with the following suggestions .As individuals we can donate to some of the organizations below which are mobilizing and deploying major disaster relief efforts:
World Food Programme
The UN’s hunger-fighting organization 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.
The humanitarian and disaster relief organization has sent emergency responders and volunteers to provide 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.
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.
Save The Children
The organization, which prioritizes kids’ needs, has sent relief kits for children and families, including household cleaning items, temporary school tents and learning materials. Learn more here.
Lastly, we must also continue to keep our social work colleagues in the area and the people of the Philippines in our thoughts and in our prayers!
Gary Bailey , President IFSW
12th November 2013